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  • Fishing show continues through Sunday in Schaumburg Jan 30, 2015 6:40 PM
    The Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo runs through Sunday in Schaumburg. The show features more than 100 travel-related exhibitors including guides, lodges, resorts and regional promotion agencies, plus most major fishing tackle manufacturers, local fishing retailers, and nearly 100 fishing boats.

  • Warming trend can start at Schaumburg’s Expo Jan 29, 2015 2:48 PM
    The fourth and final of the winter outdoors shows is upon us, as the Schaumburg Convention Center hosts the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo, Thursday through Sunday. Frustrated warm-water anglers owe it to themselves to make a visit and shorten our long winter.

  • Sportfishing Spectacular opens Jan. 29 in Schaumburg Jan 26, 2015 1:47 PM
    The Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo is back in Schaumburg Jan. 29-Feb. 1, with local and national fishing professionals, new equipment to browse, seminars and demonstrations, and plenty of activities to help kids catch the fishing bug.

  • Outdoor Sports Show continues Sunday in Rosemont Jan 24, 2015 6:56 PM
    The 36 annual Chicagoland Outdoor Sports Show was in full swing on Saturday, the fourth day of its five-day run. Rick Rosalina, show director, said this year promoters added a bigger gun show, which 20,000 people will venture through, along with visiting the hunting, fishing, boats and (kids favorite) trout pond fishing exhibits at the show.

  • Fox River Grove ski tournament marks 110 years this weekend Jan 23, 2015 5:16 AM
    While most suburbanites would welcome this week's warmer temperatures, Fox River Grove residents are praying for snow. The Norge Ski Tournament marks its 110th year this weekend in Fox River Grove. Organizers said with temperatures rising keeping the slopes snowpacked will be a challenge.

  • Arlington Hts. native goes face-to-face with wolves Jan 20, 2015 5:34 AM
    Growing up in Arlington Heights, E.J. Horstman always had an interest in animals and the outdoors, and television shows like “Crocodile Hunter” and its star, the late Steve Irwin, helped fuel his passion. Now in his mid-20s, Horstman is living his dream. Not as a crocodile hunter, mind you, but as a wildlife filmmaker, with segments on the National Geographic and Animal Planet cable television channels to his credit. Horstman left last week to film his latest project, “Big Cats of India,” for Animal Planet, but when he returns he plans to resume his main passion: filming wolves.

  • Outdoor Sports Show comes to Rosemont Wednesday Jan 16, 2015 1:27 PM
    The 36th Chicago Outdoor Sports Show Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 21-25, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, will provide the area a break from cabin fever. The show will be held in conjunction with with the 3rd Annual Chicagoland Gun Show & Outdoor Expo Friday through Sunday, sponsored by the United States Concealed Carry Association, National Rifle Association and Safer USA.

  • Reasons (and places) to love snow, ice and cold Jan 14, 2015 2:26 PM
    Local TV news anchors are aghast, reporting on the recent cold snap as if it were a wild freak of nature that’s descended upon us without warning. Pardon me, but … isn’t this typical January weather? It’s a time of snow, ice and cold that is best greeted with skis, sleds, snowshoes and skates. If it’s going to be cold, that’s how you make the best of it.

  • How fishing marketers try to lure us to buy Jan 14, 2015 3:55 PM
    Keeping track of the marketing and branding of various so-called fishing innovations is almost as entertaining as simply going fishing.

  • Muskie Expo draws 10,000 to Sears Centre Jan 11, 2015 8:39 AM
    Muskie fishermen are part of a special club. And that club is quite large, as about 10,000 muskie fishermen descended on the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates this weekend for the first Chicago Muskie Expo. The event, which began Friday, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. “We’ll be back next year,” said Doug Reuter, the event’s promoter.

  • Moving Picture: Fox River canoeist finds joy in winter paddling Jan 10, 2015 5:30 AM
    Seventy-year-old JB Livengood, of Lake in the Hills, loves to canoe the Fox River in Algonquin during the winter months. He has paddled for 50 years and Buffalo Park Forest Preserve in Algonquin is his favorite place to launch. “There’s so many unique things you see that nature is creating by that rising and lowering of the water level,” he says of the winter months and the ice that forms on the river. “It’s like an ice crystal season.”

  • Ice fishing tips for those braving the cold Jan 7, 2015 5:30 PM
    With the Artic blast leading to more opportunites for ice fishing, Mike Jackson offers some timely tips to help you enjoy your time outdoors and keep your safe.

  • Wisconsin DNR to ask Supreme Court to review night deer ruling Jan 7, 2015 5:46 AM
    Attorneys for the state Department of Natural Resources are planning to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a federal appellate decision ordering a judge to revisit a decades-old ruling barring Wisconsin’s Chippewa tribes from hunting deer at night. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled in 1991 that night deer hunting is dangerous and the state’s ban on the practice extends to the Chippewa as well. The tribes renewed their push for night hunting in 2012 after legislators angered them by allowing hunters to kill wolves at night. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in October ordered Crabb to revisit her decision, saying there’s little reason to believe any longer that night hunting is dangerous. Attorneys representing the DNR planned to file their request with the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

  • Frigid temperatures revive DuPage’s Hard Water Classic Jan 7, 2015 10:48 AM
    Frigid temperatures this week are creating what officials hope will be ideal conditions for the third annual Hard Water Classic ice-fishing tournament at Blackwell Forest Preserve’s Silver Lake near Warrenville. Sponsored by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, the tourney is scheduled for noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, and is expected to attract hundreds of anglers.

  • Hoosier National Forest keeps its caves closed to visitors Jan 6, 2015 6:18 AM
    The Hoosier National Forest is keeping its caves closed to park visitors in an effort to slow the potential spread of fungal disease that’s killed millions of North American bats. Staff at the 200,000-acre national forest that spans several southern Indiana counties first closed the caves in 2011 in an effort to protect bats from white-nose syndrome. That fungal disease doesn’t affect humans or other animals but it repeatedly interrupts bat hibernation, sapping their energy and fat stores, which can cause starvation and dehydration. Infected bats have been found in most caves on and around the Hoosier National Forest property. Forest Supervisor Mike Chaveas says continuing the park’s cave closures will help slow potential spread of the disease by limiting human access to the caves.

  • Indiana DNR suggests uses for discarded Christmas trees Jan 2, 2015 5:28 AM
    Indiana wildlife officials say Hoosiers should think twice before they toss their discarded Christmas tree into a nearby lake as a way of creating create habitat for fish. Chief fisheries biologist Brian Schoenung of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources says Christmas trees placed into lakes “provide cover but don’t necessarily grow more fish.” The DNR says discarding of a Christmas tree on a private pond is at the owner’s discretion, but state laws require a license from the DNR to construct or place a fish attractor in a public freshwater lake. The DNR says a better use for a discarded Christmas tree is taking its to local recycling site, putting it in your backyard to provide winter shelter for birds and other wildlife, or chopping it up for firewood.

  • Winter’s a good time for hiking in the suburbs, too Jan 1, 2015 7:30 AM
    Be glad if someone tells you to take a hike in the suburbs. While there are many great places to hike in the suburbs, some trails stand out more than others.

  • Wisconsin makes another big walleye investment Jan 1, 2015 5:28 PM
    Because Wisconsin DNR bosses know there’s money to be made, $11.5 million as been allocated for hatchery improvements to upgrade walleye fishing in our nearby neighboring state. As part of that hatchery project, the Wisconsin DNR is targeting Geneva Lake (just over the state line) to be stocked with 108,200 extended-growth walleye fingerlings, ranging from 6 9 inches.

  • Wisconsin DNR taking final comments on turkey plan Dec 27, 2014 8:02 AM
    Wisconsin wildlife officials have scheduled the last two public hearings on their 2015-2025 turkey management draft plan. The meetings are set for Feb. 10 at the state Department of Natural Resources’ Madison headquarters and for Feb. 12 at a Stevens Point hotel. Key parts of the draft plan include using spring and fall hunting permit and harvest data to help gauge the size of the turkey population; monitoring hunter attitudes with a goal of maintaining at least a 70 percent approval rate; managing hunter numbers to keep interference rates below 30 percent; improve hunter access to private land; improving habitat; supporting oak regeneration, in turn providing more acorns for turkeys during the fall and winter; and studying hunting’s impact on turkey population growth.

  • Wisconsin DNR looking to lease private land for turkey hunt Dec 27, 2014 8:02 AM
    The state Department of Natural Resources is looking to lease private land in southeastern Wisconsin to give turkey hunters more room to roam this spring. Under the DNR’s pilot Turkey Hunting Access program, leases are good until May 29, 2016. The rates are $5 per acre per year with an upfront lump sum payment from the state. Spring turkey hunters can use the leased land as if it were public from March 1 through May 29. The program is in place across turkey management zone two, which encompasses much of the southeastern side of the state. The enrollment deadline for a two-year lease is Jan. 30. Leases after that date will last one year. Agency officials say they’ve leased about 745 acres so far.

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