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  • Neighbors rally against Hinsdale club's skeet shooting plan Aug 15, 2014 5:17 AM
    Residents opposing a plan to build a seasonal skeet shooting range at a private country club near Hinsdale say the proposal would cause noise, pollution and other problems. More than 100 neighbors urged DuPage County officials to reject Ruth Lake Country Club's request for a conditional use permit for a gun club on its golf course. “This gunshot range ... is going to destroy a way of life for us,” Ron Hanson said.

  • Basore, Potter headed for Hall of Fame Aug 13, 2014 7:25 PM
    Warrenville's Dan Basore is among the inductees to the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame.

  • Fishing’s magic hour well worth waiting for Aug 13, 2014 7:23 PM
    Magic hour in fishing - late in the day, when there's often a flurry of feeding activity - is well worth the wait.

  • Wisconsin officials expand motorized trolling Aug 7, 2014 4:07 PM
    Mike Jackson's weekly notebook offers a local fishing update plus surprising news from state officials in Wisconsin regarding motorized trolling.

  • Crossing the lake, and crossing off another bucket list item Aug 7, 2014 12:39 PM
    A ferry trip across Lake Michigan led to a terrific experience at the northern end of lower Michigan, where Boyne Outfitters helped provide a great experience in the pursuit of trout.

  • Industrious anglers will find fly rod rewards Jul 31, 2014 12:26 PM
    Using a fly rod to pursue bluegills in retention ponds can be a delightful angle on suburban fishing, as Mike Jackson explains in his weekly outdoors column.

  • Mayfly madness on the upper Mississippi Jul 31, 2014 12:26 PM
    Midsummer mayfly emergences caused their usual mayhem along many areas in the upper and lower Midwest, and particularly along the upper Mississippi River drainage recently. Mike Jackson has more in this week's outdoors notes, which includes a local fishing update.

  • Summer fishing means battling the weeds Jul 24, 2014 9:43 PM
    Some of the area ponds and even lakes have been suffering from an overgrowth of algae and heavy weeds. But some anglers have been able to score when working the open pockets, especially for big bluegills and largemouth bass.

  • This walleye technique is just plane effective Jul 24, 2014 9:40 PM
    Using planer boards has helped pro walleye angler Tommy Skarlis make a name for himself, and it's a tactic that can help anyone in pursuit of this species.

  • Wading’s evolution has been worth the wait Jul 16, 2014 4:41 PM
    Most of us anglers got our start in the budget bracket of the wader market, but it's impressive to see just how far this product has come.

  • RUNdezvous puts survival skills to the test Jul 12, 2014 8:44 PM
    Competitors in Saturday’s RUNdezvous in Crystal Lake found out whether they had the skills to survive. Hatchet throwing, knot tying, trap setting and fire building were among the 14 tasks racers had to complete. The five-mile event at Lippold Park in Crystal Lake was organized by two McHenry County physical education teachers.

  • Moving Picture: Lemont competitive shooter ranks among best in U.S. Jul 11, 2014 2:25 PM
    Competitive shooter TD Roe is in a league of her own. One of nine siblings, Roe started shooting in 2006 to spend time with her brothers. With a background in competitive sports, Roe applied her talents and training and now is a nationally-ranked United States Practical Shooting Association shooter. Roe also teaches firearms classes in East Dundee and Lombard.

  • Bowhunters to go after Asian carp Jul 11, 2014 4:22 PM
    A tournament in the Peoria area this weekend will give people a chance to see who can catch the most Asian carp. But leave the fishing pole at home. Competitors will try to skewer the jumping fish with arrows.

  • Surviving the outdoor bites of the season Jul 10, 2014 12:03 AM
    Like so many others in the Northwest suburbs, we who have trudged through the jungles of the world and cityscapes, and wound up as the main course for flying bugs, I for one have finally fought back with great vigor. When I lived in Minnesota the state bird there (mosquito) took liberties with human flesh, my flesh and that of my two small children. I tried educating my wife then not to wear perfume if we were going to sit in our backyard. The neighborhood mavens knew the sweet-smelling fragrances would be like a radio beacon calling in the hordes of divebombing mosquitoes. And they came, flying in every direction. This was back in 1971, and anti-mosquito technology was questionable, to say the least, so every trip into the outdoors was another lesson in survival techniques and lots of repeated scratching while inventing new expletives. Over the course of time chemical companies that were busy manufacturing gooey, pasty-like, anti-mosquito liquids for the military, primarily in the World War II, South Pacific campaigns, saw their markets expanding to the consumer. Their liquids still smelled like something left over from high school science-lab experiments gone bad. And with decades of personal experience, I am honestly telling you I have tried almost kind of modern-day sprays, with and without DEET. Of course, now the “keepers of safe and clean bodies” decry the use of DEET because of claims of harmful reactions to both body and psyches alike. I don’t have to remind you we here in the flatlands have gone through a very wet spring and early summer. Perhaps you have seen those small, yellow trucks with rear-mounted nozzles in your neighborhood, spewing supposed nontoxic to human sprays of mosquito killer in between homes. The trucks are part of a very small army of mosquito hunters, but I question their actions and results, only because I honestly don’t know what’s worse for my household, the mosquito bites or the actual chemical spray. Could the result worth the risk? So now I’m trying something that seems to be working like a champ. I have two ThermaCELL® products, and even under these very tough 2014 mosquito conditions, the break in the prior pattern of mosquito attacks has made a marked difference. On most trips to a lake or river I take a portable, clip-on ThermaCELL unit that has come through for me every single time. The other device is the stay-at-home, backyard deck ThermaCELL lantern that allows my wife and me to sit and enjoy our beautiful backyard and landscaping at dusk as well as beyond. The sunset time period used to be air-raid time for us with swarms of biters invading our space. ThermaCEL mosquito repellent appliances are powered by a single butane cartridge. Butane provides the cordless, portable heat that activates the patented devices. The heat generated by the butane cartridge is directed to a metal grill that is part of the design of the unit. A small mat, saturated with repellent, sits on top of the metal grill. Heat vaporizes the repellent, allowing it to rise into the air. The latest test run occurred when my wife and I went to one of the fireworks displays during the July Fourth celebration. We sat on damp grass, sometimes a killer spot for prospecting mosquitoes. I used the portable, belt-clip unit, and nary a bite was encountered. My wife was thrilled and bite-free. • Contact Mike Jackson at angler88@comcast.net, and catch his radio show 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC 1240-AM and podcast at www.mikejacksonoutdoors.com.

  • Hunter wants to sell big-game slingshot, sues DNR Jul 8, 2014 1:01 AM
    John "Chief A.J." Huffer sells a device he calls a sling bow. And he’d like to see it in the hands of hunters on the trail of deer and other big animals. But while the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the sling bow is OK for smaller animals, it isn’t approved for deer.

  • Expert warns of secondary drowning, water risks Jul 6, 2014 8:07 AM
    Secondary drowning can cause death hours after a near-drowning experience, said Jacqueline Corboy, a physician on staff at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. “Vigilance is the most important thing,” Corboy said.

  • Quinn signs boating rules inspired by Libertyville boy’s death Jul 5, 2014 4:53 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has approved several laws aimed at increasing boater safety on a holiday weekend that many Illinois residents are spending on lakes and rivers.

  • Perch opportunity beckons on the lakefront Jul 2, 2014 6:11 PM
    Perch fishing is a good bet along the Lake Michigan shoreline in July.

  • Watch what you eat, but enjoy the urban fishery Jul 2, 2014 6:10 PM
    The Chicago River certainly has pollution problems, but there's no doubt that some more desirable game fish are showing up in its waters.

  • DNR lowers deer bag limits in 19 Indiana counties Jul 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    State wildlife officials have lowered the number of deer that hunters in 19 Indiana counties can take in response to waning deer populations in those counties. The state Department of Natural Resources announced last week that the number of anterless deer hunters can bag this season had been lowered in 19 counties and increased in four counties in southern Indiana. Counties with a quota of three or less per hunter cannot participate in the state’s late antlerless hunting season, which this year runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 4. Wildlife biologist Chad Stewart tells the Kokomo Tribune that robust deer hunts over the past couple of years means “this pressure is no longer needed in some counties to get the deer harvest where we want it to be.”

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