Hanna City brothers Josh and Jacob Ruchotzke both face tremendous physical obstacles. Jacob, 11, has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, while his older brother Josh, 14, lost his legs and most of his fingers to a severe infection. Yet both brothers were able to shoot their first deer duing the Illinois Youth Firearms Hunt. The hunt was arranged by the Heart of Illinois Whitetails chapter of Whitetails Unlimited.
No sooner are most of the popular hunting seasons closed than another one opens. It’s banquet season. The events are not merely social. Millions of dollars are raised in Illinois each year. STORY & COMMENTS
Don’t be too critical when a hummingbird starts defending your feeder this month, claiming it as his or her own. Its just part of a survival strategy in the wild that has carried over to the backyard. Plus, pictures of a rare rufous hummingbird in a central Illinois backyard. STORY & COMMENTS
After a decade of budget and staff reductions the Illinois Department of Natural Resources faces unprecedented cuts this summer which have brought changes at Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area. STORY & COMMENTS