Every fall, biologists from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources conduct surveys of lakes to assess the health of fish populations. They use information gathered to set limits for anglers and guide fish stocking efforts.
At first glance, it doesn’t look like there are that many ducks at Lake Chautauqua. But as a pickup truck turns into the parking lot of the Eagle Bluff Access, hundreds and thousands of mallards and northern pintails take flight, exploding out of a sea of partially flooded Walter’s millet. Click inside for a VIDEO. STORY & COMMENTS
Ten counties previously open for late-winter seasons have been closed because deer population targets have been met in those counties. Click inside for a map of Illinois counties open for late-winter firearm deer hunting. STORY & COMMENTS
Authorities say a bloody severed body part found along a central Illinois bike trail belonged to a bear. A walker found the mangled paw on Thanksgiving morning along the bike trail in Decatur. STORY & COMMENTS