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Through the Lens

Miles of Mallards

Thu, January 06, 2011

I realize I’ve been pretty quiet here of late. There’s a perfectly good explanation the TeamSILO fellas and I have been all over the “flyway highway” chasing birds in Southern Illinois.  I’ll be the first to admit hat I’ve gotten pretty spoiled over at Silver Creek Hunt Club in Freeburg.  Good people there and it becomes almost my second home during waterfowl season,  but a few of us stray from our home territory and it seems that I have been straying with a vengeance chasing the birds these days.

Perhaps the best trip out yet was to Horseshoe Lake Conservation Area in Alexander County.  As soon as I turned off IL Route 3 into the conservation area I could hear them..whining, whistling, whirring - quacking and more quacking.. I could hear wings and plenty of them. Horseshoe was level full of ducks, level full of greenheads.. I do believe if they would have held still I could have walked across the lake on the ducks backs. It was magnificent in the foggy, cold,  rainy morning air. I should have taken more photos - but honestly I was just too caught up in the sheer numbers of mallards. It was so surreal and ethereal in the fog and rain and one of those times when we forget about cameras, forget about guns, and just sit and soak it all in.

There were plenty to be found on the little frozen ponds in the corn too…


A Year of Firsts

Fri, December 31, 2010

One of my most favorite parts of being an outdoor photo journalist is attending youth events and working with the young folks. This year I’ve had the pleasure of being on hand for some really great “firsts” with some really great young folks!

Orion Rutkowski of New Athens with his first bowfishing sucess and his first gar

Jenna Solcani of Chicago with her first pheasant

Mackenzie King of New Athens, handling her dog at her first HRC Hunt Test

Trevor Smith of Sparta, IL a third generation handler and trainer at his first HRC Hunt Test

Restin Shubert of Coulterville with the first hen of the woods he has found on his own

Zachary Huschle and his first quail and pheasant

Lainey Deterding of New Athens, IL with her first deer and her first buck

John Schoentag of Columbia with his his first successful duck hunt and harvest on Southern zone opening day











Merry Christmas Heartland!

Sat, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to all of of the Heartland community! Let’s remember that we are blessed with great gifts each and every day that we venture into the outdoors!