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Rivers are the lifeblood of Illinois

Perhaps during no other season as much as during the late summer and early autumn is it possible to see how the great journeys of the area’s animal inhabitants often influenced our own, even to this day. Because of that mirror, it is important for …

 

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Lincoln-Way West going the extra mile

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After suffering a heartbreaking overtimes loss to Joliet Catholic in a Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game last season, Lincoln-Way West has put in extra work in the offseason to complete it’s state title run. read more...

 
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Outdoors: Get ready now for fall shooting sports

Is it hot enough? The fish don’t know any different but the birds and animals do. It is a peculiar time of the year, this late summer season. The river is still low, despite the rains we’ve endured, and many of the local ponds are …

Hunting dogs have evolved over time

If you are a runner or a cyclist, you know at some point in a race or a workout you catch your second wind, things smooth out and you seem to float through the next several miles. The first hunting dog I had was a …

This summer, watch what your pets eat

One of our Golden Retrievers used to pick blackberries off the prickly vines as carefully as a baby sucking hot spaghetti off a fork, and he was wild about carrots. All of the dogs we’ve had over the years ate carrots. Not because they’re good …

Strong currents make rivers dangerous

It is simply dangerous to be on the river when it is high and the current is incredibly strong. There are times when the river just needs to flush itself, to blow the silt and debris off the gravel and sand and to replenish the …

Spring’s arrival means it’s time to fish

Suddenly, it’s spring! A week ago there were still plenty of places sheathed in ice. Several hours to the north, local guides were still driving onto lakes with their pickups piled high with power augers, shanties and even four-wheelers. Then, a tell-tale sign, an indisputable …

Backyard bird feeding grows in popularity

Do you know what America’s favorite participatory pastime is? Is it fishing? Jogging? Star gazing? For many years, it had been backyard gardening. Today, more Americans enjoy backyard bird feeding than any other activity and it is easy to see why. Feeding birds can be …

Cherish the places we hunt and fish

George Bird Evans was a legend among grouse hunters long before he retired as a commercial artist and hit his stride. His was a perspective about hunting that is often missing today. “What is good is not what is new,” Evans once wrote, “but what …

Expert to speak on catching big muskies

The winter show season often draws some of the most famous celebrities in the outdoors to the collar counties, but you don’t always have to go “to the city” to see them. The Quad County Hawg Hunters are inviting the public to their monthly meeting …

Americans have been importing game for centuries

As alarming as it is, the invasive Asian carp species are not the only exotics to have tipped the balance of nature in our area. In fact, Americans have been importing game and birds for centuries. During upland game hunting season, these days, we can …