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  • Jackson: Light tackle, stealthy approach make for fun season Dec 3, 2014 6:47 PM
    Using light tackle along with a light touch when approaching a fishing spot can make for a great experience, even among some of the less glamorous fishing spots DuPage, Cook and Kane Counties.

  • Wisconsin dog hunters can go after wolves Dec 1, 2014 10:36 AM
    It looks like hunters will get a chance to run dogs on wolves, at least for a while. Wisconsin’s wolf season began in October but Monday was the first day hunters could use dogs to track and corner wolves. It appeared that dog users might not get a chance to get out before the season ended — hunters were just four wolves short of the 150-animal statewide kill limit going into the weekend — but according to state Department of Natural Resources data no one had taken any more wolves as of Sunday. Hunters aren’t allowed to let their dogs actually kill wolves, but wolf advocates still say running dogs on wolves is inhumane because wolves will turn and fight rather than flee.

  • Wisconsin DNR: Teenager shoots Brillion man while hunting Dec 1, 2014 10:28 AM
    Wisconsin authorities say a man is seriously injured after being shot by a 16-year-old hunter in Manitowoc County. HTR Media reports Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden supervisor George Protogere said Sunday the 24-year-old Brillion man was shot Saturday just before shooting hours were over. He says the injuries are serious but aren’t considered life threatening. Protogere says the Reedsville teenager shot the man with a shotgun. He says the teen was firing at a doe when the victim was out of sight on wooded, private land near Clarks Mills. The incident is under investigation.

  • Wisconsin councils to hold final deer goal meetings Nov 30, 2014 8:18 AM
    Wisconsin’s deer advisory councils will hold their final meetings in December to develop local herd density objectives. Each county has a council tasked with recommending to the state Department of Natural Resources whether to reduce the local herd, maintain its size or increase it. The councils will forward their final population recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources following the December meetings. The DNR in turn will send the recommendations to its board for approval in March. Once approved, the objectives will go into effect for the next three years beginning with the 2015 deer season. The councils will reconvene beginning in February to develop antlerless quota recommendations designed to move the local herds toward their goals. A meeting schedule is available on the DNR’s website.

  • Wisconsin DNR reminds hunters of additional deer seasons Nov 30, 2014 8:18 AM
    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season is just about over, but that doesn’t mean hunters who came up empty are out of luck yet. The traditional gun season winds up Sunday, but the state Department of Natural Resources is offering a number of additional seasons between now and mid-January. The 10-day muzzleloader season begins Monday. An antlerless hunt will run in the central forest and central farmland management zones from Dec. 11 through Dec. 14. The southern farmland zone will hold an antlerless holiday hunt from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. Deer hunting in the state will finally come to a close on Jan. 4 when the archery and crossbow seasons end.

  • Find your own outdoors tune, and sing it loud Nov 26, 2014 5:48 PM
    Fishing and hunting can both be central parts of enjoying the great outdoors. Exactly how you go about it is entirely up to you, which is a big part of the fun.

  • Cold complicates Illinois duck hunting Nov 24, 2014 4:41 PM
    A mid-November cold snap has brought an early end to the duck hunting season for many participants in north central Illinois.

  • Jackson: Heated insoles make winter seem shorter Nov 19, 2014 7:28 PM
    Ice fishing, or just a long winter walk in the woods, just got easier: Remote-controlled heated insoles are bringing comfort to even the coldest of outdoors activities.

  • Fort McCoy urges hunters to watch out for ordnance Nov 18, 2014 6:43 AM
    Officials at Fort McCoy are warning deer hunters to watch out for unexploded ordnance when the gun season begins later this month.

  • Daily Herald column rekindles long-lost friendship; now they're married Nov 16, 2014 6:57 PM
    A widow in Mount Prospect reached out to an old aquaintance after seeing his name pop up in a Daily Herald column about the 80-year-old bicyclist. They rekindled the friendship and got married earlier this year. They leave soon for Florida, where the now 87-year-old still participates in bike races. “I had no intention of ever getting married again,” she says. Then came that day in 2007.

  • Forest rec trails not quite ready Nov 15, 2014 7:36 AM
    Outdoor enthusiasts may be ready to hit the recreational trails in northern Wisconsin after all the snow this week. But, managers at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest say the trails aren’t quite ready.

  • Finesse never falls out of fashion Nov 12, 2014 9:21 PM
    Trends come and go, along with fishing lures and their devoted practitioners. It pays to keep an eye on the underlying techniques at play, such as presenting a bait or simulation gently to finicky fish.

  • 5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs Nov 7, 2014 2:14 PM
    Kick of the holiday season in Crystal Lake, escape into an underwater world in Schaumburg or set off on the road to Oz in Lincolnshire. These are just a few of the options for this weekend in the suburbs.

  • Jackson: A watery day to remember in the woods Nov 5, 2014 11:47 PM
    On a recent October day, the fishing on a small southern Wisconsin stream was just fine, but the real star turned out to be the glorious fall colors.

  • Wallenda supported, Spider-Dan nearly killed Nov 4, 2014 10:19 AM
    Daredevil Nik Wallenda has an excellent support crew, the resources of the Discovery Channel and the blessing from city officials as he walks on a tightrope high above Chicago. In 1981, Dan Goodwin had a Spider-Man suit and the attention of news crews as the city tried to knock him off the Hancock Center.

  • In Illinois, it’s always time to go fishing Oct 29, 2014 7:27 PM
    One advantage to being an angler in a state like Illinois, where there's no close season for most gamefish, is that you can pick any day of the calendar year and designate it for fishing. That turned out well for Mike Jackson recently on a mild, calm afternoon searching for walleye on the upper Fox River.

  • Jackson: Mostly solitary success on a newly discovered stream Oct 22, 2014 8:14 PM
    Fishing alone can be great fun, but there's nothing like bumping into a kindred spirit streamside by sheer happenstance.

  • Oakton’s Des Plaines campus a certified wildlife habitat Oct 17, 2014 2:08 PM
    Oakton Community College’s Des Plaines campus is now a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Careful planning, support of natural ecosystems, restoration of prairie spaces and use of native species in landscaping has helped the school achieve the certification through the National Wildlife Federation.

  • Wisconsin DNR board to ponder new shooting range Oct 15, 2014 6:39 AM
    The state Department of Natural Resources’ board is set to consider starting the process to establish a new public shooting range in Columbia County.

  • Trout season in Cook County Forest Preserves begins Saturday Oct 14, 2014 1:32 PM
    The Forest Preserves of Cook County’s 2014 fall inland trout fishing season will start at dawn on Saturday, Oct. 18. Catchable-sized rainbow trout (1/2 to 3/4 pounds average) will be stocked into Busse Reservoir — North Pool, Axehead Lake, Belleau Lake, Horsetail Lake and, new for the fall season, Green Lake.

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