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An update on ice fishing and how to stay updated at Nielsen’s Channel

Ice fishing began on Nielsen’s Channel today and Hermann’s Rest-a-While is offering updates via text

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B.A.S.S. announces kayak tournament series

B.A.S.S. will start a five-tournament kayak series next year, beginning in March

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Landing a big pike while perch fishing: Yes, Fish of the Week

Brian McCarrin caught and released a 40.5-inch northern pike while perch fishing on the Calumet system.

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Megatron: Taking the measure of a really big buck (updated)

Jimmy Ellison watched a big buck for years and finally arrowed it Friday in Hancock County.

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Absurdly early ice fishing creeps toward Chicago and into the Midwest Fishing Report

Historic weather brings early ice fishing nearer to Chicago, but dulls perch fishing, for this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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Rut on: Illinois bowhunters stay ahead of 2018 pace of harvesting deer

Illinois bowhunters continue to stay ahead of the 2018 pace for deer harvest and signs come of the rut.

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First hunting trip comes up Buck of the Week

Zach Meade’s first hunting trip came up with a Buck of the Week.

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White squirrel, woolly bears, climate change, hunting accidents are in notes on Chicago outdoors

White squirrels of Crestwood, woolly bears, climate change economics and Illinois hunting accidents come in notes around Chicago outdoors.

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Logging the dollars involved in deer hunting in Illinois (Do I really want to know mine exactly?)

Among the studies being done by the Illinois Natural History Survey is one on the expenses of deer hunting in Illinois.

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Divers coming in and radar meaning: Aaron Yetter’s blog off the aerial waterfowl surveys

Aaron Yetter’s latest blog off his regular aerial waterfowl surveys

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Pecan-smoked pheasant sandwich works off history in ‘Braising the Wild’

Jack Hennessy puts a twist on a sandwich from history with a Pecan-smoked pheasant sandwich in "Braising the Wild"

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The Early Show, Chicago’s only fly-fishing show, starts show season for Chicago outdoors

Chicago’s only fly-fishing show, The Early Show, starts show season around Chicago outdoors.

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Chamba Melendez catches a really big flathead from the Chain O’Lakes

Chamba Melendez’s 57-pound flathead from the Chain O’Lakes earns FOTW.

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Steve Wagner arrows a really big buck to earn BOTW

Steve Wagner arrowed a really big buck in Jo Daviess County to earn Buck of the Week.

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Chasing perch on Chicago lakefront, south to north, catching a few

Hunting perch on the Chicago lakefront started fine with four quick keepers at Steelworkers Park, then more waiting.

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Hints of perch come for Chicago fishing and talk of ice to the north in the Midwest Fishing Report

Hints of perch come for Chicago fishing and there’s talk of ice to the north in this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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One more week of MOTW: Jim Aaron and his big find

Jim Aaron’s big find extends MOTW for another week.

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Rut signs build as Illinois bowhunters stay ahead of harvest pace from 2018

Signs of the rut come in the weekly update for deer harvest by Illinois bowhunters.

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Jerry McKinnis, former co-owner of B.A.S.S. and fishing media legend, dies

Jerry McKinnis, the former co-owner of B.A.S.S. and an innovator in fishing media, died early Sunday.

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Eagle fishing, ‘What is wrong with our species?’, black-necked stilts, pheasant chicks

Notes from around Chicago outdoors include a brilliant eagle photo, the question,"What is wrong with our species?", black-necked stilts and pheasant chicks.

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The heart of teaching: The art of learning, bass fishing to chemistry

Ron Urick takes another step, a collaborative book, in his long career in teaching and learning, from bass fishing to chemistry.

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Grill a Better Mallard comes to ‘Braising the Wild’

Jack Hennessy teaches how to Grill a Better Mallard this week in "Braising the Wild"

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An 8-3 largemouth bass earns Matt Bach Fish of the Week

Matt Bach’s PB largemouth earned him Fish of the Week honors.

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Exploring the mystery upswing in pheasant harvest as opening day comes Saturday

There was an astonishing upturn in pheasant harvest in the 2018-19 season, a thought to ponder as upland game seasons open Saturday in Illinois.

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Winter arrives for Chicago fishing and the wait is on for perch: Midwest Fishing Report

It’s waiting out the weather and waiting on perch around Chicago for this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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Mushroom of the Week: Good week, but the end nears

Mario Bovino is coming off a good week for fall mushrooms, but the end is near for MOTW.

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Illinois bowhunters continue to stay ahead of harvest pace in 2018-19

Illinois bowhunters keep ahead of the harvest pace from last sseason.

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Big buck live, stinkhorn, ruffed grouse, goals vs limits in the for notes on Chicago outdoors

Big buck live at IBSP, a wildly named stinkhorn (look it up), ruffed grouse data and goals vs limits are among the notes around Chicago outdoors.

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Trash outdoors might be a slob’s litter but it impacts all of us

No matter who leaves it, trash impacts access and the experience of the outdoors.

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Jack Hennessy serves up Venison Chili this week for ‘Braising the Wild’

Jack Hennessy gives a special venison chili recipe for "Braising the Wild."

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Lily Sutkus learns surprise and joy of first muskie: Earns Fish of the Week honors

Lily Sutkus earns Fish of the Week honors with her first muskie.

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Limits are curious things for humans

Limits have a curious relationship with the human condition, even to catching fish or hunting geese.