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Dahlberg to speak in Schaumburg

Mon, January 10, 2011

Larry Dahlberg from “Hunt for Big Fish TV” will be guest speaker at the Fox River Valley Chapter on Thursday, Jan. 13.

The dinner & presentation will be in the grand ballroom at the Schaumburg Golf Club located at 410 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg.

Tickets are $10.00 in advance and can be purchased on the Fox River Valley Website using PayPal
or direct from FRV BOD members. If not, tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the event for $12.

If you plan on attending the Tri-Esox Show, come join us on Thursday evening for Larry’s presentation entitled NO MORE SECRETS.

This presentation will NOT be duplicated anywhere else. Please pass this along to your membership. Thanks for getting the word out for us!


IMA muskie meeting Jan. 15

Mon, January 10, 2011

The Illini Muskies Alliance has its annual meeting with the Department of Natural Resources on Saturday, Jan. 15 during the Chicago Muskie Show at Harper College in Palatine.

The meeting is open to the public and includes the following agenda items:

  * IDNR Needs for 2011
  * IDNR Report on Fishery
  * IDNR Report on Fish Stocking
  * Barriers on Evergreen & Shabbona

For information or directions call Ron Skala at 708—975-3412.


Wolf Hollow league sign-ups

Sun, January 09, 2011

Wolf Hollow Archery in Chillicothe is taking registrations for its indoor archery leagues. Traditional shooting starts Feb. 8and 3-D compound shooters are Feb. 9-11.

Leagues start at 7 p.m. and run for 10 weeks.

Call 309-274-9653.


Predator hunting contest Jan. 23

Sat, January 08, 2011

Al’s Sporting Goods in Galesburg and Grizzly’s Wholesale are sponsoring a 21st annual Predator-Thon on Sunday, Jan. 23.

The team with the most coyotes and foxes wins. Ties are broken by: 1. most coyotes, 2. heaviest coyote.

Cost to enter is $15 for a two-man team, $30 for a four-man team. There is no crossover between teams. Winners will receive trophies.

Starting time is 5 a.m. out of Al’s Sporting Goods or Anderson’s Sporting Goods in Middle Grove. Check-in is at Al’s Sporting Goods. Check in time is 1 p.m. for hunters who started at Al’s and 1:30 p.m. for those who start out of Middle Grove.

All participants receive door prizes at 1:30 p.m. at Al’s Sporting Goods.

For more information call Al’s Sporting Goods at 309-342-7776


Spence Petros offers fishing classes

Fri, January 07, 2011

Chicago-area fishing legend Spence Petros is once again offering fishing classes.

Click here to learn more.

Petros is teaching a bass and panfish class on Tuesdays from March 8 through April 5.

He also has a class on walleye, pike and muskies on Wednesdays March 9 through April 6.




AIM walleye circuit coming to Dubuque

Fri, January 07, 2011

PLYMOUTH, Wisc. – Anglers Insight Marketing, LLC (AIM) once again brings the walleye world an exciting season of tournament fishing action through the 2011 AIM Pro Walleye Series.  The 2011 season will feature four tournaments. The schedule, announced officially today, is as follows:

• Winnebago Chain (Winneconne, WI), April 20-22 – sponsored by the Winneconne Chamber of Commerce, Wolf River Resorts and Critter’s Sports

• AIM Bay Mills Invitational Walleye Tournament™ (Brimley, MI), June 2-4 – sponsored by Bay Mills Resort & Casino

• Mississippi River (Dubuque, IA), June 22-24 – sponsored by the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and the Dubuque Regional Sports Commission.

• AIM International Walleye Championship - Lake Oahe (Akaska, SD), September 15-17

The Winnebago, Bay Mills and Dubuque events will all be qualifiers for the AIM International Walleye Championship™ and results will also count towards 2011 Angler of the Year points. 

Each AIM Pro Walleye Series tournament will feature the exclusive AIM Catch-Record-Release™ (CRR) format that uses digital photos to verify each fish as it is recorded on the Official Scorecard. Each fish is then immediately released – where it was caught – and NOT transported to the landing. This means the Pro Anglers can continually upgrade their catch all day, every day regardless of any local “slot” limits. CRR also means that NO “dead fish” penalties will be assessed at the weigh-in and assures that each tournament has no negative impacts on the fishery.

The payouts for each 2011 tournament will be not less than 100% of the Pro Angler entry fees. This remains a policy of the AIM Pro Walleye Series tournaments, but with the provision that several events will feature payouts in excess of 100%, including additional incentives. For 2011, payouts will now extend to the top 30% of the field in each tournament.

A sample payout schedule is viewable at  Final, official payouts are based on total entrants and will be announced after the close of registrations one week prior to each tournament.

Other benefits and additions to the 2011 AIM Pro Walleye Series include:

• AIM FishMore Program – An incentive for Pros who are not AIM Owners or Lifetime Members to fish additional tournaments in 2011. This offer makes the $250 Membership fee a one-time expense per year.  The $250 fee will be applied to ONLY the first tournament fished by a Non-Member in 2011.  The $250 Membership fee will be waived for all subsequent tournaments that a Non-Member enters in 2011. 

• New Interactive AIM Website – will feature an enhanced experience in 2011 for Pro Anglers, Co-anglers and fishing enthusiasts. New features include exclusive pages for many Marketing Partners, individual Bio Pages for the AIM Pro Anglers, a new Message Board for comments, photos and videos – including sections for AIM’s Marketing Partners and Sanctioned Series affiliates. The AIM website will also include an expanded video capability that allows all AIM Pro Anglers to easily upload product tips and technique videos.

• The AIM International Walleye Championship in Akaska will also include a “tournament within the tournament”. Teams of entrants from the AIM Sanctioned Series will have the opportunity to match their skills against each other in the special AIM Team Championship. This team event will run alongside the Pro-Am AIM International Walleye Championship.

“AIM is squarely focused on giving walleye anglers around the world the opportunity to share real, timely information about hot bites, baits, techniques, and equipment,” said Scott Matheson, President/CEO of AIM.  “The Pro Anglers that fish the AIM Pro Walleye Series events will not only have the opportunity to compete for significant prize money, they will be able to showcase their expertise to anglers across the world through our unique tournament format and expanded multi-media marketing assets.  Our goal is to provide our participating anglers, their sponsors and the AIM Marketing Partners with unmatched opportunities that benefit both the world of competitive angling and the sport of fishing in general.”

Registrations for both Pro Anglers and Co-anglers will accepted beginning January 11, 2011. Entries are accepted online, or by calling the AIM office at 920-526-3399. The Pro Angler entry fee is $1,500 per event. The Co-angler entry fee is $250 for two days of fishing, each with a different AIM Pro Angler. After Day Two the number of Pro Anglers is reduced to the top 50% of the field. Half of the Co-angler field will also be selected to fish an additional day for free! 

Constantly-updated information about AIM tournaments, activities and developments can be found at

Anglers Insight Marketing, LLC is a unique tournament organization which is owned by stockholders, the majority of which are Professional walleye anglers. AIM Professionals are among the “All Stars” of professional fishing, with cumulative HUNDREDS of years of tournament experience, including countless tournament victories, series championships, and Angler of the Year titles. This insight and knowledge is now being employed to provide the finest tournament experience for the participants, and the maximum exposure for the host tournament sites and corporate partners.



Iowa nabs coon, swan poachers

Thu, January 06, 2011

AUDUBON, Iowa - Three Audubon men pleaded guilty on Dec. 30, for their roles in poaching at least 72 raccoons after a caller to the Turn in Poachers hotline alerted conservation officers to the illegal activity.  A fourth individual connected to the case has requested a jury trial.

Jeremy King, state conservation officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said the men were using spotlights to find the raccoons then shot and sold them for their hides.  Raccoon pelts sell for $5 up to $17, depending on the quality.

A number of people came forward with information on the case that King and fellow officers Dave Tierney and Dan Pauley used to observe the men in action in early November.  The poaching took place primarily in Audubon County, but also in Harrison, Shelby and Guthrie counties.

“This is a good example of how a call to the TIP line helps to catch poachers. We actually witnessed the individuals in the act, which makes for a better case,” King said.  During the investigation, King said they found receipts from fur buyers totaling more than $500.

Ben Petersen, 18, of Audubon, pleaded guilty to not having a furharvester license, using artificial light to hunt, illegal method of take and failure to pay the habitat fee. Petersen’s civil damages totaled $1,400 and his hunting privileges will be suspended for three years.

Scott Downer, 19, of Audubon, pleaded guilty to illegal method of take. Downer’s civil damages totaled $2,250 and his hunting privileges will be suspended for two years.

Chris Groninga, 20, of Audubon, pleaded guilty of two counts of illegal method of take. Groninga’s civil damages totaled $1,400 and his hunting privileges were suspended for two years.

The fourth suspect, Michael Sonntag, 19, of Audubon, will go on trial in late January to face charges of illegal method of take in addition to charges for allegedly shooting a buck deer without the proper licenses in 2009, and allegedly shooting a doe with a rifle and leaving it to waste in 2010. Sonntag faces fines and damages totaling nearly $83,000 and the loss of hunting privileges.

The DNR seized a number of items including guns, spotlights, traps and deer antlers.

In other news…

Burlington man faces charges for allegedly shooting swans

BURLINGTON – A Burlington man faces numerous charges after allegedly shooting a pair of swans.

Ryan Standard, 39, was charged for allegedly killing the Trumpeter swans at the Green Bay Bottoms area in northern Lee County in late December. The charges resulted from a call through the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline.

Standard faces two counts of unlawful taking of wildlife, one count of not having a hunting license, one count of not having a habitat stamp, one charge of not having a federal migratory bird stamp and one count of not having a state migratory bird stamp. The case is still under investigation and additional charges may be filed.