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August 2010 Archives

For only the second time in more than a century, wild-hatched whooping cranes have fledged in the wild in the Midwest. Two did it in Wisconsin, one on public land and one on private.

Here's the dove preview portion of the Illinois Hunting Report.

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ducks11-05-07mikeresetichblackduckrs. Corn picking and seasons opening lead the Illinois Hunting Report.

Walleyes Chicago is hosting a ``Fishing with a Vet'' day on Sept. 18 on the Illinois River at Spring Valley.

ICF: Youth scholarships

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Heads up to high school seniors or their parents: Here's another chance for a scholarship.

storm3x Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Yet another monster brown trout has come from Lake Michigan, this time on a boat out of Chicago.

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This evening is your chance to speak your piece on the broad questions of nature, the outdoors and our involvement in it (especially by youth) at a major meeting at the Field Museum.

Bob Coine of Heartland Studios heard I was running short of BOTW: Unplugged nominations this week and sent this one.

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Dove hunting and wading highlight this Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors.

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BOTW I need nominations for Buck of the Week: Unplugged.

storm3x Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

The IDNR has just started a site on Illinois deer, and it's fascinating reading.

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Jason Kaatz of Bloomingdale advanced to the finals of the 2010 Total Outdoorsman Challenge.

Wading leads this Midwest Fishing Report.

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Gregory Alderton, 5, is well known for catching big fish in the ponds around New Lenox with a night crawler and a bobber, and is one of seven to earn Fish of the Week honors in a special back to school edition.

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ducks11-05-07mikeresetichblackduckrs. Waiting mainly leads this Illinois Hunting Report.

One FOX Chicago News video crew may be the luckiest alive: they caught the North Side alligater on video this morning.

storm3x Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

BEAVERVILLE, Ill.--While squirrel hunting Thursday morning, I had one of those breakthroughs you have if you live long enough.

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Mian Khatib sent this nomination for Buck of the Week: Unplugged from the northwest corner of Cook County.

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Wading, a boat show and a variety show of other stuff headline this Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors.

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The largest in-water boat show on Lake Michigan runs through Sunday at Washington Park in Michigan City, Ind., and is combined with an art show this year.

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Here's your chance to get a word in with the feds on nature and urban spaces at The Field Museum on Aug. 30.

The images from an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) are disturbing.

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Salmon and trout have been good in the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan and highlight this Midwest Fishing Report.

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Mike Hentgen caught this albino catfish, a Fish of the Week first, while fishing the subdivision pond where his sister lives.

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ducks11-05-07mikeresetichblackduckrs. EHD and changes lead this Illinois Hunting Report.

storm3x Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Here's the perspective from Paul Shelton on whether the epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) outbreak around Crete means anything larger about Illinois deer.

``Two Tone,'' Britain's greatest carp, has been found dead, apparently of old age at 45, and will be buried with ceremony.

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Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) is hitting deer around Crete.

Jim Weaver nominated this buck from Chicago's Northwest Side for Buck of the Week: Unplugged.

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Ramble with Storm: Love

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storm3x Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Treats on air, water and land lead this Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago Outdoors.

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Trying to get some decent goldfinch photos at my wife's sunflowers, I keep ending up with better shots of hummingbirds.

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The proposal to give Illinois more options in establishing zones for waterfowl hunting, namely a fourth zone proposal for the five seasons from 2011-15, took a small step forward at the federal level.

I am drifting far afield with bringing Charles Demuth into a Web log on the outdoors.

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Changing rivers and lakefront perch lead this Midwest Fishing Report.

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

No-wake restrictions on the Chain O'Lakes work wonders for fishing.

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The Chain O'Lakes and the upper Fox River had boating restrictions lifted; a no-wake remains in place from the Stratton dam on the Fox downstream.

ducks11-05-07mikeresetichblackduckrs. New opportunities highlight this Illinois Hunting Report.

Dave Todd caught the lake record channel catfish from Shabbona Lake on Saturday.

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Click here for the latest updates on restrictions on the Fox River and the Chain O'Lakes.

storm3x Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Karl Scherer had very worthy nominations from Chicago's Northwest Side for Buck of the Week: Unplugged, the weekly celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors; and a very worthy thought on the difference between city deer and hunting deer.

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Gar: Indiana record

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Indiana added its first record for shortnose gar.

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Variety again is the main feature of this Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors.

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Testing on the bighead carp found in Lake Calumet in June suggests it might have lived its adult life in the Great Lakes.

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Perch reopening on the Illinois lakefront and rising rivers highlight this Midwest Fishing Report.

It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Mike Matuk nominated his daughter Samantha for Fish of the Week for this bluegill from a Streamwood pond.

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BASS: ESPN selling

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ESPN has reached an agreement in principle to sell BASS to a group of investors led by Don Logan, Jerry McKinnis and Jim Copeland.

There was something about the bucket brigade stocking of 3,000 bluegills in the Henry Palmisano Pond at Stearns Quarry that inspired artistic creativity.

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Illinois Hunting Report, first for the 2010-11 season.

Yes, I am a little proud of this shot.

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The Illinois Public Hunting Areas Report for the 2009-10 hunting season is out.

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storm3x Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Perch fishing reopened today.

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Nick Epley nominated this velvet buck from Flossmoor for the Buck of the Week: Unplugged.

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LAKE THUNDERBIRD, Ill.--Friday looked absolutely perfect to catch a bunch of smallmouth on topwaters.

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