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December 2012 Archives

The annual New Year's Day Paddle down the North Branch of the Chicago River has been cancelled because of the forecast for extreme cold; below is the word from Forest Preserve District of Cook County:


stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Rod Goodall explains Gotcha Outdoors Adventure Sports Show this afternoon on WKCC-FM (91.1).


stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Will Przybylski found a 10-point still interested in late December and sent a BOTW: Unplugged.

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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 counting down the top 10 stories in the outdoors for 2012.

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Below is the second part of IDNR director Marc Miller's take on Illinois financial situation and its relation to the IDNR from an email on DNR-Direct.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

One of our neighbors piled her young ones in the car and headed south to find a hill to sled on this week; yeah, it feels like winter is near to our north and south for this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

On the DNR-direct email list, Marc Miller posted an interesting email late today.

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with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

The coming of ice leads this Midwest Fishing Report.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Austin Hoekstra shot his first deer on the second day of the first firearm season. The 14-year-old from Beecher took the eight-point on public land in Jefferson County.

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Danielo X Hamilton showed why he is one of the better lakefront fishermen on Sunday when he caught a 36 1/2-inch laker weighing 16 pounds from shore in downtown Chicago.

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Way back on Jan. 7, Nick Tassoni caught a lock for Fish of the Year.

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Stephen Horrigan got up on the roof of Hobby Lobby in Joliet to take a photo of the snowy owl that did a star turn Tuesday.

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Click here for today's column on a hunt at Green River SWA on a free upland game permit hunt.

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Well, we got a hint of winter, though far less than the hysteria suggested beforehand, and that leads the options for this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors, an extended one because of the long Christmas holiday weekend.

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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.

Andy Pawlik (in camo) made the most of his chance in late October to hunt out of the stand Fishtech president Jim Templin (right) has in Lake County.

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It's becoming a December to remember for lake trout caught by perch fishermen at Navy Pier.

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Click here for Wednesday's column on my take on Illinois firearm deer season.

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The coming of ice fishing and perch on southern Lake Michigan lead this Midwest Fishing Report.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Joe Paton had a brush in Orland Hills earlier this month with a wild experience becoming more common around Chicago outdoors.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Capt. Austin Adduci tells the whys and wherefores of an innovative approach to fly fishing on southern Lake Michigan, the Kankakee River and around Beaver Island this afternoon on WKCC-FM (91.1).

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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 on Ed Mullady, a treasure.

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Looks like one of those Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors where Christmas shopping might be the best option, you know, build up some good will for busier weekends.

John Lazarich put on a fishing show Saturday morning near Navy Pier. While perch fishing, Lazarich hooked and landed a big lake trout.

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The early start to firearm season in Illinois overlapped with the rut, helping Kevin Skopek and other hunters.

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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 for some on the ongoing legacy of Ralph Frese, who died Monday.

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

This is officially the in-between period, though ice fishing is beginning in northern Wisconsin, for the Midwest Fishing Report.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

In memory: Ralph Frese

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ralphfrese.jpg Ralph Frese died about 3 a.m. Monday

and Maureen O'Donnell wrote her usual fine obit.

Weather, always weather, in hunting or most activities outdoors gives and takes away; the muzzleloader-only deer hunting season and duck hunting are perfect examples for this Illinois Hunting Report.

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Lisa Flanagan photographed this buck by Maple Avenue in Naperville on Nov. 5.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

We are rebroadcasting Steve Pescitelli talking about the Hofmann Dam removal and the overall Des Plaines River on``Outside'' this afternoon, then we move on to broader aspects of the Drought of 2012.

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Click here for today's column about Prosser students building next boxes for wood ducks.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

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Let's extend the definition of showtime for Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

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Ed Majchrzak had the right kind of thankfulness.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Andy Klocek caught and released this 38-pound, 7-ounce carp Thanksgiving on the Chicago River.

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Nice to see we have a new class of CPOs, wish there could have been at least one from the Chicago area; even one.

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As expected after the first firearm deer season in Illinois, the harvest from the combined two firearm seasons is up from 2011.

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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, a condensed version of Tony Boshold on ice fishing.

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

This stretch of late fall is often the in-between period for the Midwest Fishing Report, but this year it is more so than most as we come off record heat on Monday and await the first real ice fishing to our north next week.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Jim Spiros sent a coming-of-age tale, which leads this Illinois Hunting Report.

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Charles Fisher spotted this buck on Nov. 9 on a trail at McDowell Grove in Naperville.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

It's Outside live for the first time this afternoon on WKCC-FM (91.1).

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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.

Click here for a more extended look in my Sunday column at the hope for and time frame of the IDNR Sustainability Bill.

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