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Coyote in the Crosshairs, Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi, Jun 12

Get “Hooked on Fishing” June 16-17, McHenry County Conservation District, Jun 12

Controlling Cats can keep peace on the farm, Glenn Ayers, Jun 09

White fawn found in Central Illinois, Dale Bowman, Jun 09

Pending Illinois record for Redear or Redear hybrid, Dale Bowman, Jun 08



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Versatile Hunter

Introducing blogger Shae Birkey

Wed, October 03, 2012

This being my first blog I need to first introduce myself and then I’ll get to the purpose of these things. I’m a central Illinois native living in rural Tazewell County with my wife, baby (due in the next week), and two thoroughbred mutts. I grew up hunting deer, turkey, waterfowl and upland game right here in the Midwest. Still chasing them all today, with the help of a Deutsch Drahthaar, Brahms.

Jack of all trades when it comes to the outdoors, with a love and attention for versatile hunting dog training and testing. I’m involved with NAVHDA, VDD-GNA, the NWTF Wheelin’ Sportsmen, DU and various youth hunting organizations as a guide, organizer, and advocate. I’ve spent the past 8 years as a biologist surveying and restoring wetlands, prairies, forests, and wildlife throughout the U.S. 

What am I going to write about? Whatever comes to mind involving Illinois outdoors — dog training, hunting events, conservation, hunting tips, a biography or two on Illinois outdoor businesses, and maybe even some questions for and from Heartland website viewers, because I know some things and openly admit not to know others.  Oh well, no one has all the answers. 

I have a lot of respect for my fellow Heartland bloggers and have learned a lot from this website and the magazine — I hope y’all feel the same about my blog. Enough about me.  Now to the reason Jeff let me blog on Heartland…

To start it off — has anyone noticed that the late season counties have changed this year? I hadn’t until a friend of mine at work mentioned it.  Several of our central Illinois counties no longer have a late season. That includes Tazewell, Mason, Cass (which effects me directly) and Morgan, among others.

I’ve attached a map showing the counties in the late-winter hunt.

late winter deer 2012-13

Could IDNR be slowly realizing that not all hunters are happy about the number of deer they’re seeing out there?  Note: I AM an advocate for IDNR and believe the current management is well intentioned but is working with minimum funding.


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