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October 2010 Archives

Jim Shemroske drops some interesting e-mails about various things around Chicago outdoors, usually from the suburbs, though this eagle chowing on a roadside deer carcass is farther afield.


IUKA, Ill.--From a Sunday fried chicken dinner at an old-time small-town restaurant to persimmon picking, I tied together some of my favorite elements of the Illinois outdoors experience today.


Add Mike Stroobosscher to the list of those with a notable walleye caught in modern Chicago fishing.


More typical fall doings and changes lead this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.


headshot-mike Mike Iaconelli sent word that The Bass University is coming

to Chicago Dec. 4-5.

From more than half a century of publishing the Sportsman's Letter and a lifetime of caring for the Kankakee River, Ed Mullady offers his views on what he sees as good politically for his beloved area.


Steve Sarley's ``The Outdoor Experience'' radio show has prerecorded interviews with the Republican and Democratic candidates for Illinois governor.

Out of the fall doldrums comes the first mention of the ice fishing in the Midwest Fishing Report.


gortowskirs Ken Gortowski ruminates on Fox River changes.

It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Mike Lynch proudly sent Katie Subject's first muskie for FOTW, and was happy to give up Bears tickets to do it.


buckrackrs The start of the rut leads this Illinois Hunting Report.

storm3x Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Not that I knew before but there is a new entry for the Guinness World Records: largest fishing tournament.


Brothers Mark and Brian Mazur from Wadsworth won the Illinois Walleye Trail opener on the Illinois River by catching a limit weighing 9.59 pounds to earn $2,000 on Sunday.


Bowhunting for deer in Illinois continues to lag behind the pace of 2009, I suspect a product of the unusually mild weather.

Persimmons: Pastor picking

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IUKA, Ill.--My pastor Jim Williams called last week and said we had to hit southern Illinois: persimmons were ripe.


The historic Stearns Quarry in Bridgeport, turned into a park and opened in 2009, was renamed last month, the Henry C. Palmisano Park.


Fall mushroom stories and photos keep coming, and, as long as they remain interesting to me, I will run them.


Spider: Help

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A reader from the western burbs needs help IDing this spider.


For a month or so, I had a copy of Bass Pro Shop's ``The Hunt'' to try. But our Wii has been on the fritz.

Fall Country Roadrs Fall endeavors--hunter's moon, mushrooms, river walleye--lead this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

The Richard J. Daley Memorial Sportfishing Derby gives an annual snapshot of Chicago fshing, a sort of barometer of fishing that year.


There's a bit of a fall doldrums with very low rivers around Chicago and a slower time on the lakefront, but there's some bright spots, including an update on parking at Belmont Harbor, in this Midwest Fishing Report.


gortowskirs There's a good fishing report on the Fox River mixed in with

this introspection from Ken Gortowski.

Stray Cast: Girardi

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Sometimes a fish is more than a fish, even a 14-pound muskie like Chicagoan John Brzowski caught unexpectedly and released Sunday on the Chain O'Lakes.


I guess this is a solution.


The Nature Conservancy will allow public waterfowl hunting at its Merwin Preserve at Spunky Bottoms and Emiquon Preserve.


The opening of waterfowl hunting in the north zone leads this Illinois Hunting Report.


I meant to get this up earlier: the IDNR has posted the hunting schedule for Marseilles SFWA.

Shabbona Lake Sportsman's Club is holding ``Shabbona Lake Fishing Seminars'' at Indian Creek High School on Saturday to help raise funds for a fence below the spillway at Shabbona Lake SRA.


storm3x Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

The Fighting Illini Bass Club won its fourth Big Ten Championship out of the last six on Oct. 3.

Big Ten Champs Courtesy of FIBCrs

Nate Teske and his boys Mitchell (front) and Spencer picked up a bonus the opening weekend of bowhunting deer in Illinois.


Out of the fog, Illinois' north zone waterfowl seasons opened this morning.


buckrackrs Warm weather last weekend lowered harvest during the youth hunt in Illinois, and likely accounted from the slowdown in bowhunting harvest so far.

The Great Outdoors Show will debut at the Best Western Timber Creek in Sandwich on Feb. 5-6.

jackson Mike Jackson, fresh off earning a spot in the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, asked me to join him on his radio show about 6 a.m. Sunday.

Beginnings for waterfowl hunting in Illinois' north zone and Illinois' fall trout season, well, let's just make it fall outdoors, lead this Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors.


It's early in the season for Illinois hunters to already have extra deer, but here's the reminder on how to donate deer to help feed the hungry.

What a wild week for October with a string of temperatures in the 80s or higher; yet it is fall, the rivers are the low, the wading is good, and fall trout season is opening. And that leads this Midwest Fishing Report.


Stray Cast: Tropical fish

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

This 22.75-inch walleye is a symbolic Fish of the Week, symbolic of the 2010 fishing season on the cooling lakes of northeast Illinois.


treestand11-18-09rs The opening of the north-zone waterfowl seasons, slowed bowhunting for deer and fast crop harvest lead this Illinois Hunting Report.

Dave Kleszyk of Oak Brook and Dave Zurawski of Justice won ($1,425) the Illinois Walleye Trail Fall Classic on the Illinois River out of Henry with 11.03 pounds.

For those who had trouble registering their kill during Illinois' youth deer hunt over the weekend, do it now; the system is functioning properly.

As usual, Chicago fishermen figured in the battle for the Professional Musky Tournament Trail Championship.


Buck of the Week: Looking

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I hoped there would be some BOTW nominations from the youth weekend or the first couple weekends of bow season in Illinois, but there hasn't been so far.


Eleven young whooping cranes began their ultralight-led migration from Wisconsin's Necedah National Wildlife Refuge early this week.

storm3x Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

I may never fully come to terms with Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.


Last weekend, Chris Waidner spotted this buck in Bartlett.


There's a good mix for this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors, and what looks like good weather too.


doehead State Farm is out with its breakdown of deer vs vehicle collisions.

landquailintreers Quail Forever is out with its state-by-state forecast for quail.

Only weeks from the peak of the rut, the IDNR sent around a reminder about road-killed deer.

The Oak Lawn team of Matt Hentgen, Kody Frega, Kyle Kallenborn and Carlos Patino won the 14-boat Oak Lawn Community High School Spartan Bass Tournament on the Kankakee and Des Plaines rivers on Saturday (CORRECTED TEAM MEMBERS, sorry Matt)

Testing is underway this week on the canoe/kayak chute for the Glen D. Palmer Dam on the Fox River in Yorkville.


The USDA is funding a new access program, Illinois Recreational Access Program, in Illinois outdoors for more than $500,000 in the first year.


This is the Midwest Fishing Report, a fairly typical one for fall coming down in early October.


It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

This is a start. Jakob Pals bagged his first buck with bow and arrow just across the border in Newton County (Ind.) on Sept. 25 during Indiana's early youth season.


treestand11-18-09rs The dominating news in this Illinois Hunting Report is a tremendous start to bowhunting, and the continued absurd rate of crop harvest.

Max Stepp, 12, of Palatine earns FOTW honors for a 11.2-pound king salmon.


Bow season got off to a fantastic start for Illinois deer hunters, but Paul Shelton cautioned the weekend in the first three days had something to do with that..

Jerry McKinnis, one of the new owners of BASS, will be in Bloomington for a public event Wednesday evening.

There was another attack on shoreline fishermen on the Chicago lakefront Sunday when a man was pushed in at DuSable Harbor.

storm3x Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

I tried to decipher the meaning of the new parking fee at the north parking lot at Belmont Harbor.


A definite shift toward fall leads this Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors.


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