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Radio Waves: Wefer on upland game, "unicorns"

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Mike Wefer gives gray partridge in Illinois their perfect name of "unicorns" this afternoon on "Outside."

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But primarily, the ag and grasslands wildlife manager for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources gives his assessment on rabbits, pheasants, quail and habitat issues in Illinois.

Click here for the annual status reports mentioned.

"Outside" airs from 4:30-5 p.m. Mondays on WKCC-FM (91.1) in Kankakee. Rebroadcasts of the show are at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays.

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I am looking forward to this one!

For those who don't know, Roy gave Joel and me a tip on the possibility of some wild gray partridge in NW IL a couple winters back. And Joel and I spent a wonderful day with I think Andy Sigler looking for them. Even asked a couple nearby farmers who looked at us like we were crazy. We ended going to look for the Bureau County black bear, then the LaSalle Lake area snowy owls. All in all, one of the more interesting days I've even had in the outdoors without accomplishing what I originally set out to do.

Dale, I enjoyed your show today as always! I spent a lot of days in the field pheasant hunting in the 80's and 90's in Stephenson and at my grandfather's farm in Lee County. I don't remember seeing any partridge at my grandfather's farm (unfortunately, my grandfather and father have passed so I can't ask them) but I did see them every once in a while in Stephenson County. We would usually flush them in a cut cornfield. They were easy to identify as they were larger than a quail and smaller than a hen pheasant. I saw them in several different areas, usually in groups of 8-10, and have no doubt they were not released birds. Rarely did they ever flush in range and I can only remember my father shooting one which would have been in the early 80's. I shot one on Christmas day around 1999 or 2000 at one of the creek beds you guys explored in Stephenson County.

I still hunt when I go home but I don't have the time to hunt near as much as I used to or would like. It also doesn't help that this will be the first year that I will not be able to hunt my 14 year old Brittany. However, if they are around I am determined to document one. I have a lot of friends in the area that still hunt in Stephenson County so I will have them keep their eyes open!

If I hear of any credible reports I will surely let you know!

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