I don't think this 6-pointer, still in velvet, has any idea that bow season starts in 9 days!

Gear up for Deer Season. Are you ready?

Illinois archery deer season opens on October 1st. Are you ready? Here are 10 gear-related tips to help you put some venison in the freezer this year, or at least give Read More


Fall Mushrooms are Poppin’

Sheepsheads are blooming in Will County. Sheepshead, or Hen-of-the-Woods, are an edible bracket fungus that grows near the bases of oak trees in September and October. Read More


Kankakee River is on Fire for Catfish and Smallies

With a break from all the rain, the Kankakee River has dropped to normal levels and the fishing is on fire right now. Jerry Bush of Joliet has been spankin’ the Read More


Do you know the difference between a walleye and a sauger?

After my recent trip to Lake of the Woods, many people commented on my Facebook and blog photos, and I never realized how many people don’t know the difference. Read More


Sportman’s Lodges lives up to their name

If you’ve read my other posts, you know what kind of incredible walleye fishing action we’ve had at the Walleye Capital of the World — Lake of the Woods, Read More

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Rugged Lantern by Zippo

The Rugged Lantern is without a doubt, the best lantern I’ve ever used. That’s a bold statement, but my family and I spend a LOT of time in the outdoors. Read More

Recipe of the Month:


Beer Battered Sheepsheads

This is incredibly simple, but an absolutely excellent way to cook wild sheepshead mushrooms (or Hen-of-the-Woods). Serve them up at halftime of the Bears game, or as Read More