September 18, 2015

STRAY CAST: The Bears season emerges like a mudpuppy pulled up at Navy Pier.



(This site and our outdoors media company are named for the Stray Cast, which has snapped off the end of my outdoors column on Wednesdays in the Sun-Times outdoors page since April 2, 2003.)



September 15, 2015






Memorial arrangements have been made for Max Boheme, who died while fishing the salmon tournament of the Great Lakes Kayak Fishing Series out of Manitowoc, Wis. on Saturday.


Now, a way to set up donations has been established.


There is good reason for the donation...

September 14, 2015

I understand there are differences in how people want their wild, natural or outdoors spaces.


That thought was pounded home again this morning as I spotted the shovel with two buckets setting in plain view in the difference as we passed the ballfield on the edge of tow...

September 11, 2015

The latest entry from Aaron Yetter, who does the storied waerfowl surveys for the Illinois Natural History Survey.


September 9th, 2015 – Aerial Waterfowl Inventory Blog


We had a major influx of teal into the Illinois and Mississippi rivers...

September 11, 2015

STRAY CAST: Finding Meryl Streep in a movie role I enjoyed watching (Ricki and the Flash) is like finding a goldfish I enjoyed watching swim the turning basin at Bubbly Creek.

(This site and our outdoors media company are named for the Stray Cast, which has snapped off...

September 10, 2015

A month or so ago, my wife said there was a pumpkin growing by her rose bush in the front flower garden.


I asked if maybe it was a watermelon. The kids and their friends sometimes sit on the front steps and do what kids have done for centuries: spit watermelon seeds.



September 9, 2015


Illinois now has an online fishing tournament permit system.


Here is the word from the Illinois DNR:


New IDNR New Fishing Tournament Permitting System now Online

Tournament Organizers will be able to apply for a permit and enter catch...

September 9, 2015

Wisps of smoke lifted off two piles of piled brush and trees on the west side of the south old clay pit as Lady and I rambled by this morning.


While we were gone visiting my mother-in-law on Table Rock Lake, the west side of the south pit was stripped, similar to what...

September 8, 2015

 The Illinois Smallmouth Alliance hosts one of its regular chances to cast and compare fly rods.The video is of Doug Taylor. Here are the details for the Cast and Compare on Saturday in Batavia.


Cast and Compare-
 This Saturday!!

Bring one or more of your new or favorit...

September 4, 2015


Aaron Yetter, who conducts the aerial waterfowl surveys in Illinois along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, will contribute a blog regularly to Stray Casts.


Those are the surveys that waterfowlers look at religiously to have an idea how the duck migration is progre...

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