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Chicago outdoors: Short-eared owl, white squirrel, Wisconsin wolves, woman fishing

A short-eared owl, a white squirrel, Wisconsin wolves and Cheryl Smith fishing in a winter storm are in the notes around Chicago outdoors.

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Navy Pier Marina: How will fishing work at Navy Pier after construction

A look comes at what the construction of Navy Pier Marina will mean to fishing the north side of Navy Pier.

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Braising the Wild: Pecan and Pear Grilled Pheasant Salad Sandwich

Jack Hennessy brings Pecan and Pear Grilled Pheasant Salad Sandwich to "Braising the Wild."

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Chicago outdoors: Northern Illinois Sports Show leads Week 2 of show season

Northern Illinois Sports Show leads Week 2 of show season around Chicago outdoors.

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Kayak fishing: Add another option for summer camps

Eric Stark’s latest idea is an organized summer camp for kayak fishing

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Chicago fishing in Midwest Fishing Report: Early coho, hoping on perch after the blow, counting on ice

There’s some coho, waiting on perch after the blow and counting on ice for this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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Fish of the Week: Points for degrees of difficulty

Justin McGuffin caught a carp on a fly the first week of January to earn FOTW

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Chicago outdoors: Inevitable winter, short-eared owls, Cooper’s hawks, bald eagles

Among the notes around Chicago outdoors are inevitable winter, short-eared owls, Cooper’s hawks and bald eagles.Wi

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Pheasant Manicotti: Jack Hennessy brings wild flavor in “Braising the Wild”

Jack Hennessy brings a wild touch to a favored dish with Pheasant Manicotti this week in "Braising the Wild."

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Boat Show: Check in on coming Navy Pier Marina, pontoons, RVs and yachts

An opening tour of the Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show brought an check in on the coming Navy Pier Marina, pontoons, RVs and yachts.

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Pot in Illinois: Impacts on outdoor recreation of Illinois’ recreational cannabis program

Some impacts of Illinois’ recreational cannabis program on outdoor recreation are known, some are yet to be sorted.

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Chicago fishing in Midwest Fishing Report: Johnny Morris? Ice? Coho, no question, perch some question

Early coho, mystery of the ice and some perch on Chicago lakefront come in the sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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Blue catfish for winter blues: Plethora of blues, 2 PBs, come from Powerton

Mike Bogdan and Luis Gonzalez caught their PB blue catfish Sunday at Powerton Lake.

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Horned lark, urban deer, world-record Illinois buck and changing lakes come around Chicago outdoors.

A good photo of a horned lark, changes in urban deer, a world-record Illinois buck and changing lakes nationwide come from around Chicago outdoors.

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Cooper’s hawks hunt Chicago: Reasons for the increase

George Johnston asked a good question about red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks, Doug Stotz gave good answers.

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‘Braising the Wild’ tackles the universal topic of teaching kids to eat wild food

"Braising the Wild" does Teach Kids to Learn to Love Wild Game: Keep it Easy, Keep it Cheesy.

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A year-maker Fish of the Week comes in Waukegan

Sean Daab earns FOTW for a steelhead in Waukegan.

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Mike Holem calls it a career at the game farm

After 39 years, most at the game farm, Mike Holem called it a career at the IDNR (DOC).

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Some perch in Chicago, disappearing ice and early coho come in Midwest Fishing Report

Waiting on fishable ice to return, some perch around Chicago and early coho come in the sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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Freak buck earns Buck of the Week

Val Messier shot the oddest buck to earn BOTW.

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Suburban bucks, Christmas Bird Counts and Happy Hunting Mommas in notes of Chicago outdoors

Suburban bucks, Christmas Bird Counts and Happy Hunting Mommas comes in notes around Chicago outdoors

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Slow climb back begins: Reviewing the year at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Director Colleen Callahan gives a year-in-review of things done, things to do and redos.

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“Braising the Wild” talks New Year’s: Backstrap with Champagne Raspberry Sauce

Jack Hennessy in "Braising the Wild" this week does Backstrap with Champagne Raspberry Sauce for the New Year.

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Joe Capilupo’s smallmouth bass makes an easy pick for Fish of the Year

Joe Capilupo’s 7-3 smallmouth bass was an easy pick for Fish of the Year.

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Variable perch, some early coho and variable or no ice: Midwest Fishing Report

There’s variable perch around Chicago, some early coho and variable or no ice in this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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Edgar Martinez arrowed a Buck of the Week

Edgar Martinez arrowed an 11-point buck in Jo Daviess County to earn BOTW.

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Need a late gift? How about an ICF collector pin

Illinois Conservation Foundation is out with its collector pins, including some new ones.

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Flatheads and moose legend, banded duck chances and earliest hunting scene are notes in Chicago outdoors

The Sioux legend of flatheads and moose, banded duck chances and the earliest hunting scene are in the notes around Chicago outdoors.

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An Illinois deer show returns and shifts come for show season around Chicago outdoors

Illinois has a deer show again and there are some other shifts/tweaks as show season begins in early January.

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Venison Inner Loin With Pumpkin Vanilla Honey Purée recipe comes for the holidays

Jack Hennessy gives us Venison Inner Loin With Pumpkin Vanilla Honey Purée in "Braising the Wild" in time for the holidays.

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The 2020 show season comes around Chicago outdoors (Update 2)

The calendar of shows for Chicago; it will be updated as needed.

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Another big lake trout caught perch fishing earns Fish of the Week; bonus fishing tips

Rustem Salim earned FOTW for a big lake trout caught while perch fishing and gives some fishing tips.