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January 2012 Archives

Click here for the FOTW, a very pale brown trout caught by Jeff Nolan near the Sun-Times offices on the Chicago River.


It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Don Dubin is going into the Muskies Inc. Hall of Fame.


Wildlife biologist Bob Bluett talks about the resurgence of river otters and bobcats in Illinois this afternoon on "Outside,"

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Putting down some show notes from Saturday, my second day, at the Chicago Outdoor Sportsmen Show.


Waiting for a day like today to point out I made the lead recipe for the second time in the thiree years of the Jay The Joke Holiday Cookbook.


I am about out the door for the second biggest weekend of outdoors shows this winter.

Click here for FOTW, a pair of pike from Wolf Lake.


It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

The late Casimir 'Cass' Sliwa is getting his overdue due from the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame.

As it finally should be for late January, ice fishing leads this Midwest Fishing Report.


stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

On his third appearance on "Outside," Kankakee birder Jed Hertz talks about the meaning of the Christmas Bird Counts for Kankakee Valley and Willow Slough.


Brookfield Zoo photographer Jim Schulz caught Ron, an 11 1/2-year-old bison at Brookfield Zoo, enjoying his seasonal enrichment treat on Jan. 14 of a fir tree.


Mike Jackson invited me to join him at 6:30 Sunday morning on his radio show.

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We finally reached the heart of winter, and it feels as imposing as the belly of Marlon Brando in the filmed version of Heart of Darkness; with that obscure reference I digress into this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

buck2011tight.jpg Deer hunters harvested nearly the same number of deer during the 2011-12 seasons in Illinois (181,411) as they did during the 2010-11 seasons (182,270).

stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Nick Tassoni will discuss his Illinois-record walleye, caught on Jan. 7 from the Pecatonica River, at 3 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Chicago Outdoor Sportsmen Show in Rosemont.


Safe ice is spreading southward, and enough should build through this week to hold during the weekend warm-up; so ice fishing leads this Midwest Fishing Report.


There's been a lot of questions about the legality of The Alabama Rig and the many knockoffs of multi-lure presentations--hottest things at the outdoors shows this winter--in Illinois.

It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

B.,A.S.S. made an interesting split decision on the use of multiple-lure presentations, primarily aimed at the hottest thing in fishing: The Alabama rig.

Nick Tassoni makes his only extended half-hour radio show appearance on "Outside" this afternoon.


Among the notes from the Chicago Muskie Show as the buzz over the public debut of the TranX reel, best suited for burning big bucktails.


There's the shiny and new (below) at the Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show, but what caught my eye was the building of wooden boats; that and other notes.


The second week of outdoors show season around Chicago is the biggest and busiest of the winter.

I am a little troubled how to word this Midwest Fishing Report as we are about to finally enter winter.

Nick Tassoni caught a walleye so big on Saturday it stretched across generations and broke the longest-standing gamefish record in Illinois.


Appears an Illinois record walleye was caught.

Click here for my story with Drew Gregory, the fishing kayaker who will be at the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV & Show at McCormick Place.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fisheries biologist Rob Elliott discusses the reintroduction of sturgeon around Lake Michigan this afternoon on "Outside."


A photo like this-an outdoors stage in the pulpit area--is automatic for a guy like me.


Considering how fast safe ice is fading in our northern areas, let's lead this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors with the first outdoors show of the season. [Please note the correction for muskie speakers below]

Billy Miller saved another fisherman at Diversey Wednesday.

Emiquon: 2012 permits

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The free 2012 permits for fishing, boating and ice skating at Emiquon Preserve are available.

Click here for FOTW, a big carp caught on New Year's Day by Marcin Szydlowski.


It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Safe ice spreads slowly south and leads this Midwest Fishing Report.

With show season around Chicago outdoors opening this weekend, here is the expansive list I pulled together.


Joe Kath talks about wolves in Illinois on "Outside" this afternoon, but we also wander into black bears and cougars.


North Park Village Nature Center was locked up yesterday for the holiday weekend, so I changed plans and lucked into a snowy owl.


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