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  • For anglers, driving usually beats flying Sep 17, 2014 4:46 PM
    Air travel is a necessity for the truly far-flung angling destinations, but the rigors of flying are making driving trips ever more appealing.

  • Head out to a fall festival this Saturday Sep 15, 2014 1:19 PM
    Several fall festivals set for this weekend in the Fox Valley offer a variety of ways to welcome the new season. Each festival has a different focus — history, healthy lifestyles, or family activities.

  • It’s never easy to leave Rawah Ranch Sep 17, 2014 10:18 AM
    A trip to Rawah Ranch near Fort Collins, Colo., is great fishing fun. So fun, in fact, that it's not so easy to come home.

  • When it comes to fly fishing, the words just flow Sep 17, 2014 10:16 AM
    In the often colorful world of writing about the great outdoors, Mike Jackson won't apologize for his loving treatment of the gentle art of fly fishing.

  • Adjust and adapt if the summer pattern isn’t working Aug 27, 2014 6:11 PM
    Everyone has a favorite bait or lure, but one key to angling success is to be flexible enough to adapt when none of the usual stuff is working well, as Mike Jackson explains in this week's Outdoors Column, with help from Ned Kehde, the Finesse Fishing guru.

  • Tour of Flint Creek Savanna Sept. 7 Aug 20, 2014 3:18 PM
    Citizens for Conservation continues its series of Interactive Self-Guided Trail Walks from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at its Flint Creek Savanna, 459 W. Rte. 22, Barrington.

  • Stratton Lock and Dam gets overhaul Aug 20, 2014 8:56 PM
    Construction will begin soon on a $16.7 million improvement project at the Stratton Lock and Dam on the Fox River in McHenry County. Illinois DNR officials claim the Stratton Lock and Dam Life Extension Project will improve three components of the lock and dam facility.

  • Hats off to heavy-fighting Cats Aug 20, 2014 8:57 PM
    Catfish aren't universally loved by anglers, but there's no denying the thrill of battling these big fish in moving waters.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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