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Mike Iaconelli with two big tournament bass.   Photo by BASS and Rob Russow
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Is it Ike’s turn?

After a year of fishing in a variety of tournaments across the nation, 49 of the best anglers will finally compete in the 2012 Bassmaster … Read more ›

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"Fire on The Prairie"

The next Lecture in our 2012 Series is "Fire on the Prairie" on Thursday, February 16, 2012. Join Fire Management Officer Jeff Martina and members … Read more ›

Joan Sayre took this photo of a great horned owl in her Libertyville back yard. The adult owls raised two young, which she saw in early June two years ago.

Hooting great horned owls celebrate Valentine’s Day

Beneath a full moon on a cold, winter’s evening, the pair begins its courtship duet. Hoo hoo hoooo hooo hoo, he bellows atop a walnut … Read more ›

Don Dziedzina shows off a nice panfish taken through the ice at Big Kitten Lake in Boulder Junction, WI.   Ice fishing is the cure for Cabin Fever.
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Boulder Junction Ice Fishing Cures Cabin Fever

It took too long for northern Illinois to get safe ice for fishing. Warm weather, wind, and rain has kept ice anglers from enjoying hard … Read more ›

We could see northern lights tonight, thanks to solar flare

For the second time in just three months, people in the Chicago area have a shot at seeing the northern lights this evening. That’s because … Read more ›

Nick Tassoni (left) with his father David and Nick’s state-record walleye (ILDNR Photo)
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Teen catches new Illinonis State Record Walleye

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reported this afternoon that a 15 year old boy from Rockford caught a new State Record walleye. On January … Read more ›

Bald Eagles roost in high trees here in Illinois at Starved Rock State Park.  Photo by Don Dziedzina
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Bald Eagles at Starved Rock

Have you ever been on a fishing trip in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan or Canada and got a glimpse of an American Bald Eagle flying … Read more ›

Don Dziedzina, his daughter Lisa and their hunting partner Wager
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Why do we hunt?

We’re well into the hunting season. Many of us have done well so far and yet many are also looking forward to see how the … Read more ›

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Restoring prairies in the Prairie State

Illinois may be known as the Prairie State, but today only 0.01 percent of the state’s prairies remain. Now, an ambitious plan for Midewin National … Read more ›

McHenry County shows off a leafy coat of many colors Monday, as seen from a hot-air balloon. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / October 14, 2011)

Leaf colors nearing their peak

As the days grow shorter, tree leaves steal the orange glow of the waning sun. Their palette is nearing its peak now, infusing the natural … Read more ›