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Eric Schenck takes over at ICF

Thu, April 06, 2017

One of the good guys in Illinois conservation has a new job.

The Board of Directors of the Illinois Conservation Foundation has tabbed Eric Schenck of Canton as the Foundation’s new executive director.

“Eric brings lots of excitement and valued leadership to the role of Illinois Conservation Foundation Executive Director.  From his time with Ducks Unlimited to his efforts with youth conservation programs, Eric will be a great asset to the ICF,” said ICF Board Chairman Wayne Rosenthal.

Most recently, Schenck held the position of Manager of Conservation Programs with Ducks Unlimited, where he was responsible for raising funds and administering waterfowl conservation programming in Illinois and Indiana.

Since leaving that DU position, he’s grown an impressive beard and spent time with his dog, River Sage. Now it’s time to get back to work.

Here’s hoping the ICF works out to be a good job for Schenck, as the position has changed hands numerous times in recent years and the organization has lost some of its original focus.

For instance, the annual Outdoors Hall of Fame event has languished in recent years. And while the Torstenson Center in northern Illinois is a beautiful facility, it can’t be the sole focus of the ICF, which needs to rebuild a statewide presence.

The mission of the Illinois Conservation Foundation is to inspire today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders by providing quality outdoor education and programs that instill interest in conservation, ecology, and sustainability.

For more information on ICF programs and events, contact the Foundation at 217-785-2003 or online at

Schenck also works for the Prairie State Conservation Coalition and as a professionally certified member of The Wildlife Society.


Retriever makes duck hunting better

Fri, March 31, 2017

Here’s another old video.

First Uploaded on Nov 12, 2008

Duck hunting is better when there’s a dog around. See Woody perform during a hunt at Rice Lake’s Blind 26 with his master Todd Staley of Morton, Aaron Sapinski of Kickapoo, Nate Herman of Peoria and Jeff Lampe.


Northwest Iowa pheasant hunt

Thu, March 30, 2017

First Uploaded on Nov 12, 2008

Pheasant hunting is fun in northwest Iowa when the snow falls. Join Jeff Lampe, Jeff Idleman, Rick and Mike Lampe and Clyde Krause for a few days of rooster boosting Nov. 8-11.


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