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Lake Shelbyville waterfowl blinds

Here is how to reserve blinds for the Okaw Wetlands near Lake Shelbyville during waterfowl hunting season.

Trapping permit draw at Jim Edgar park

A public drawing for the allocation of Jim Edgar Panther Creek (JEPC) State Fish and Wildlife Area trapping permits will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2016.



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Tuesday, January 31

Katie Temple shot this Sangamon County buck during the 2011 firearm season to win the Firearm Deer of the Year on She wins a one-year subscription to Heartland Outdoors and other prizes.
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Another Side Job

Tuesday, January 31

Fishing related.............Of Course.



Ice fishing tourney off at Evergreen

Tuesday, January 31

The scheduled Feb. 11 ice fishing tournament at Evergreen Lake has been called off.


Heartland Outdoors

Booner bucks on the rise

Tuesday, January 31

Whitetail entries for the Boone and Crockett Club are up 400 percent over the past 30 years, and Illinois ranks second from 2005-10 in overall numbers.


Through the Lens

The Season That Wasn’t

Tuesday, January 31

One waterfowler's thoughts



1,000 Words - Changes

Tuesday, January 31

A boy, a bass and twenty five years gone by.


Lake Doctor

Tuna Fishing Venice, LA

Sunday, January 29

Pulled some strings with the ladies and the captains and Sunday we plan on fishing!!



Deer on the mind

Sunday, January 29

Bucks, scores and even a Texas deer-breeding scandal are on my mind today.


Non-Typical Hunter

Possible IDNR deer reduction agenda?

Saturday, January 28

Add this gun to Tim's latest blog picture and it all makes sense!


Stay on Target

Ginormica officially nets 247 2/8 inches

Friday, January 27

Grossing 261 2/8 and netting 247 2/8, Travis Cockburn's buck is all about mass.


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Eagles and Hawks and Waterfowl

Friday, January 27

No need to go to Alton or Starved Rock to watch eagles, just head over to Lake Springfield.


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Now here’s an antlerless gun hunt

Friday, January 27

Walmsley no longer measures deer kills in numbers. He prefers to use tons of venison to gauge success.


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Let’s Talk Turkey

Thursday, January 26

NWTF Convention On the Horizon


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Forget Sheds

Thursday, January 26

The rut is still on!


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