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Pictured above is Jeff “Springer” Idleman with a three-bird limit of pheasants shot in northwest Iowa last fall.

PSO welcomes Jeff “Springer” Idleman

August 17, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Prairie State is happy to add Jeff “Springer” Idleman to our lineup of bloggers.

Click here to check out his new Weg log, called Cockleburs. We’ve been looking for somebody to blog about upland game and Jeff should fit the bill nicely.

Jeff is one of my hunting buddies (Click here to read a bio) and appears occasionally in my columns, mostly columns that relate to chasing pheasants. That’s because Springer is a diehard hunter of upland game from central Illinois. Once upon a time, that would have been a great fit. Nowadays, being a bird hunter in Illinois can be a very depressing existence. Yet Idleman makes the most out of his passion. He knows there’s more to hunting than shooting.

As he said of himself, “I’m no stranger to the frustrations and limited bird hunting opportunities in Illinois. In spite of this, I’m always ready to see new cover and soak up whatever experiences the day brings; even if it’s just cockleburs and tired legs.”

Jeff said his hope for this blog is to connect with other upland addicts and share stories with a special focus on the dogs and “stuff” (shotguns, dog gear, clothing, etc.) that goes with them.

Jeff has hunted upland game from the bayous of Mississippi to the big cover of South Dakota. Along the way, he’s made numerous trips with me, including a voyage to Kansas a few years ago (that yielded the prairie chicken we are pictured with below) and several forays to northwest Iowa where he shoots all the birds on my family farm.

Illinois hunting and fishing

The following is a shot of a younger Springer in the late 1980s near Saybrook. This was in the midst of a 30-rooster season, so he was feeling his oats. Most of the CRP he hunted that year is gone.

Illinois hunting and fishing

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I find it hard to believe that Jeffrey did not credit me on the fine photo of him that I took near Saybrook. He also didn’t seem to mention that I was the “pheasant pimp”. I knew several spots and was always happy to have Jeff and his dog along. The dog usually did a better job than Jeff.

I have given up on hunting in Illinois, just not enough birds anymore.

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