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September 2012 Archives

Dream season is upon us with bowhunting opening on Monday for deer; and that leads this Illinois Hunting Report; click here today's column--a Q&A with deer project manager Tom Micetich--about the issues and highlights of bowhunting deer in Illinois.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.


stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Brad Neyman emailed, ``I shot a turkey . . . with my camera phone!''

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

A good fall trinity--the venerable Chicago Carp Classic, bowhunting for deer and shoreline salmon--lead this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Click here for the tale of the grass carp, caught by Eric Lichamer on Sept. 15 from a small pond in Lake Zurich, so big he could not get it weighed in time for the Illinois record.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Shoreline salmon again lead the Midwest Fishing Report, and we have the closing dates for the cooling lakes, crappie on the Wolf River and pike on the Des Plaines River.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.


stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Rob Miller talks about the drought and impact on local waters, including the cooling lakes of northeast Illinois, on ``Outside'' this afternoon.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Click here for today's column, with multiple photos below, about a trip on a pontoon on the main stem, South Branch and North Branch of the Chicago River with staff from the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

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Can you figure out what the spray is from in this turtle photo by Ellen Riedesel?

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.


stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Aptly enough, this weekend we officially enter fall as this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors shows, beginning with Northern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days.

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Click here for Wednesday's column about Bryan Lieser, a big muskie he caught this year and techniques for fishing muskie on the Fox River.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.


stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Shoreline salmon and hints of the fall fishing frenzy, such as white bass on the Wolf River, lead this Midwest Fishing Report.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

A new bison sculpture came to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Phil Willink makes his third visit to ``Outside'' this afternoon.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Click here for today's column about a bison sculpture dropped by Cannon Drive.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab; well, without the beloved meathead.

Wild of the Week: Puffball

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Is this WOTW or Mushroom of the Week, Joe Kalas sent?

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

It's one of those Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors where there is a truly wild and varied mix going on: salmon finally arriving on shore to kids stuff to a noted estate sale to a TreeKeepers course.

Click here for the Fish of the Week, a tremendous first fish on Delavan Lake by Jerermy Pinkowski.

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Click here for the improbable feat of catching firsts in two Illinois fishing records--burbot and lake whitefish--by Capt. Tim Wojnicz.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

With a report for Mazonia lakes, Bill Lanham emailed, ``There is a change in the air and wooly bear worms are out and about;'' yes, hints and smatterings of fall fishing come and lead this Midwest Fishing Report.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

As I suspected, many checked trail cams over the Labor Day weekend, and finding some wonderful surprises.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

I have been wanting this for a long time, but we finally got Ken ``The Lakefront Lip'' Schneider corralled this afternoon on ``Outside.''

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Mulling things on my morning ramble, well, this time, without Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

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Click here for today's column, the words of a unique boat ride on the Chicago waterways; inside here is the journey in photos.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.


stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

It seems inevitable, though early, for the first Fall Color Report to arrive from for travelwisconsin.com, but that and other fall doings and signs highlight this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

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Illinois deer: EHD outbreak

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Illinois now has reports of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) reported in half its counties with the most reports coming from Cook County.

John Pavlik turned a vacation memorable this summer when he pulled a 10-inch bluegill from Chetek Lake in northern Wisconsin.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Click here for today's column about an odd fish caught from Palmisano Pond on Labor Day.

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.


stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

t's one of those waiting periods with hopes the weekend weather change sparks something for this Midwest Fishing Report.

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dovetight2012.jpg A quick check of public sites suggests a better opener

than expected for dove hunting, despite the heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac in many areas, and the dove opener leads this Illinois Hunting Report.


stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.


stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Mark Spreyer is back to talk about fear of the outdoors this afternoon on ``Outside.''

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

I figure more people will be setting up or checking on their trail cams over the Labor Day weekend, so this seems an apt choice from Glen Middleton for Buck of the Week: Unplugged

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Click here for my Sunday column on the tale of Kevin James swimming from Hammond to Navy Pier.

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