Illinois Outdoors at PrairiestateOutdoors.com
RulesIllinois Outdoors at PrairiestateOutdoors.com

Prairie State Outdoors Categories

Top Story :: Opinion :: Illinois Outdoor News :: Fishing News :: Hunting News :: Birding News :: Nature Stories :: Miscellaneous News :: Fishing :: Big Fish Fridays :: Big Fish Stories :: State Fishing Reports :: Other Fishing Reports :: Fishing Tips, Tactics & Tales :: Where to Fish :: Fishing Calendar :: Hunting :: Hunting Reports :: Hunting Tips, Tactics & Tales :: Where to Hunt :: Tales from the Timber :: Turkey Tales :: Hunting Calendar :: Big Game Stories :: Nature and Birding :: Birding Bits :: Nature Newsbits :: Critter Corner :: Birding Calendar :: Stargazing :: In the Wild :: Miscellaneous Reports and Shorts :: Links :: Hunting Links :: Birding Links :: Video ::

Big Buck Stories

1960s :: 1980s :: 1991-92 :: 1992-93 :: 1993-94 :: 1994-95 :: 1995-96 :: 1997-98 :: 1998-99 :: 1999-2000 :: 2000-01 :: 2001-02 :: 2003-04 :: 2004-05 :: 2005-06 :: 2006-07 :: 2007-08 :: 2008-09 :: 2009-10 :: 2010-11 :: 2011-12 :: 2012-13 ::

Scattershooting

Flathead's Picture of the Week :: Big bucks :: Birdwatching :: Cougars :: Dogs :: Critters :: Fishing :: Asian carp :: Bass :: Catfish :: Crappie :: Ice :: Muskie :: Humor :: Hunting :: Deer :: Ducks :: Geese :: Turkey :: Upland game :: Misc. :: Mushrooms :: Open Blog Thursday :: Picture A Day 2010 :: Plants and trees :: Politics :: Prairie :: Scattershooting :: Tales from the Trail Cams :: Wild Things ::


Print
Illinois hunting and fishing

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 Outdoors.com 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

Your CommentsComments :: Terms :: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/17 at 03:14 PM

Comment Area Pool Rules

  1. Read our Terms of Service.
  2. You must be a member. :: Register here :: Log In
  3. Keep it clean.
  4. Stay on topic.
  5. Be civil, honest and accurate.
  6. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Log In

Register as a new member

Next entry: Tales from the Timber: 10 great hours

Previous entry: Shooting carp in the dark

Log Out

RSS & Atom Feeds

Prairie State Outdoors
PSO on Facebook
Promote Your Page Too

News Archives

May 2018
S M T W T F S
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    
Copyright © 2007-2014 GateHouse Media, Inc.
Some Rights Reserved
Original content available for non-commercial use
under a Creative Commons license, except where noted.
Creative Commons