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Friday, June 29, 2018

Trad Shoe Evolution: Scarpa Maestro Mid First Look

Twist into cracks, smear with precision: The Maestro Mid Eco makes bold claims as a supportive and soft climbing shoe for long routes. We reviewed the latest release from the brand to see how it holds up on the rock.

Innovation in the world of trad climbing shoes seems to revolve around a few central design tenets. Namely, trad shoes are comfortable for all-day climbing, can withstand twisting into cracks, and are stiff.
The Scarpa Maestro Eco, released in spring 2018, departs from the idea that trad shoes need to be stiff. The Maestro Eco line comprises two shoes: a mid-height version and a low version. They cost $190 and $180, respectively, and use premium materials for demanding climbers.
After reviewing them for more than a month, I’ve found the Maestro Mid Eco to be a high-performing climbing shoe. The leather feels great twisting into cracks, and the shoe’s rubber and randing feel decidedly more precise on the rock than those of other trad shoes.
But in regard to Scarpa’s divergence from typical trad shoe design and stiffness, the difference is there — it’s just subtle.
Scarpa Maestro Mid Eco Review

Review: Scarpa Maestro Mid Eco

Scarpa markets the shoe for high-performance, all-day climbing. Typically, when a shoe is marketed for “all-day,” sacrifices are made in performance for the sake of comfort.
Scarpa Maestro Mid Eco Climbing Shoe Review
But with a new IPC-Tension active rand system – meant to support the foot during prolonged use – Scarpa claims the shoes can perform well on both face climbs and cracks for an entire day.
While not a stiff shoe, this support allows climbers to maintain foot strength on micro-holds. Think really small edges.
So in theory, the Maestro Mid can smear, crack climb, and edge well for all-day climbing without feeling stiff. This is a really bold claim. After a few hours of climbing without taking off your shoes, support in your shoe is paramount to its comfort level.
Both models use Eco Leather in their uppers. It feels supple and alleviates the environmental impact of tanning. For rubber, the shoes use 4-mm Vibram XS Edge, Vibram’s rubber designed for edging and multi-pitch climbing.
Scarpa optimized the top of the shoes to reduce pressure points when wedging into cracks. The higher ankle height on the Mid Eco helps when climbing hand-sized to off-width cracks.
I didn’t test the low-cut Maestro, but that shoe uses a more powerful randing. Scarpa claims it’s better suited for technical face climbing.

Review: Scarpa Maestro Mid Eco

For the past month, I’ve tested the Maestro Mid Eco in Colorado’s Front Range crags. Climbing up slabs, vertical walls, cracks, and even overhangs of various rock types, I fiercely focused on how my shoes performed.
Scarpa Maestro Mid Eco Climbing Shoe Review
In use, the shoes excelled on all styles except steep sport climbing and bouldering. The shoe can hold an edge and instills confidence when smearing.
I found my favorite use for the Maestro was climbing finger-sized cracks. The shoe was able to wedge itself into super small cracks and feel secure. It’s good for crack climbing and smearing — it gripped cracks and the surrounding rock with power.
It feels bomber in hand cracks and when wiggling up off-widths. The lacing configuration didn’t create any pressure points, and the leather was very comfortable. I felt very secure and comfortable whenever I’d lock in a good foot jam.
But as for its support on long multi-pitch climbs, the Maestro Mid Eco falls a bit short than its expectations. After a day of climbing, I still wanted to take off my shoes.
But that’s not to say this is a novel experience. After a whole day of climbing, no matter what shoe, I want to take my shoes off.

Scarpa Maestro Mid Eco: Who Should Buy It?

Don’t get me wrong: The Maestro Mid Eco is a comfortable shoe. Way more so than any sport climbing or bouldering shoe.
Those that like to multi-pitch or crack climb are in for high-performing shoe that maintains comfort pitch after pitch. And it offers better performance than most other trad climbing shoes on the market.
If trad climbing is your jam, try on a pair of Scarpa Maestro Mid Ecos at your local climbing store to see if they are a fit for you. Wear them on the rock and feel confident with smears, jams, and sending your climbing goal.
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Your Daily Wisconsin Outdoor News Update – June 29, 2018

Gunner Kennels: The $500 Dog Crate Worth Every Penny

A $500 dog kennel might sound expensive until you consider the cost of a trip to the veterinarian.

Gunner Kennels dog crate review

The first thing that you notice when your Gunner Kennel arrives is the size and stoutness of the shipping box. Gunner’s Intermediate size kennel showed up in a box that was large enough to serve as an emergency shelter for a small person.

So I gave it a “tire kicking” nudge with my foot. The box did not move. This should be interesting, I thought.

Gunner Kennels box review

With the box open, the kennel’s components appeared grossly overbuilt compared to other dog crates. Unlike other kennels, Gunner rocks double wall construction for incredible canine protection.

Gunner Kennels builds for serious field use, not to hit a mass-market price point.

Really though, $500 for a dog crate? It smelled YETI-esque to me as far as product positioning and execution. Being a happy YETI owner, that is not a bad thing.

Gunner Dog Kennel Review

Gunner Kennel’s genesis story starts with founder Addison Edmonds. After college, Edmonds started his own ad agency. The agency was successful and eventually acquired. Edmonds, an avid bird hunter with working dogs, was set loose.

Gunner Kennels dog crate review

As a retired product developer, I tend to look at products very differently than the average consumer. When I walk into an outdoor store I don’t see cool toys. I see spreadsheets and the thousands of decisions it took to bring a product to market. I recognize development meetings where brands embraced or scuttled features based on strategic price point decisions.

Edmond’s ad agency background explained his ability to get the Gunner Kennel message out, but it didn’t explain the engineering behind the product, so we asked.

According to Edmonds, the answer is that he sought out the best in the rotomolding business and contracted that work out. He knew what he wanted to end up with.

However, getting from concept to prototype was another matter. Some may view this as a flaw. But in my experience, successful entrepreneurs come from a place of understanding what they are good at – and not so good at.

For those tasks you are not so good at, you hire the best in the business. That allows you to focus on your core strengths to grow your business.

Gunner Kennels: Rotomolded Dog Crate

Really though, $500 for a dog crate?

Rotomolding polyethylene is a process that has been around for decades. The vast majority of whitewater kayaks are made this way. Setting up these plants and processes is expensive. Very, very few brands actually own their manufacturing plants but instead work with partner facilities on a contract basis. These facilities may be molding kayaks one week, semi-truck parts the next, and dog kennels after that.

According to Edmonds, he spent around $500,000 to set up his tooling. That means that he did this very, very efficiently. Each kennel requires two molds, one for the top portion of the kennel, and one for the bottom. Each mold then has to be constantly maintained to ensure its integrity.

It takes about an hour to rotomold each kennel. Each piece then requires about 15 minutes of hand finishing. That means that a very limited number can be produced in one day.

Gunner Kennels lock

Product quality in this process relies on the thought that went into the initial design and engineering. If you don’t consider production efficiencies, then production quality and units produced per hour suffer, leading to reduced margins.

Product quality also depends on your manufacturing partner’s quality assurance standards. If a plant is molding garbage cans that retail for $10, you can’t expect them to change their culture and rise to your level. You have to seek out manufacturing partners who are already on your level – or be prepared for a gut-wrenching ordeal.

It is clear from the end result that Addison Edmonds considered all of these factors.

A Dog Crate To Reduce Injuries

Really though, $500 for a dog crate?

I’ve hunted upland game and judged hunt tests around the country for more than 40 years.  In this time, I’ve seen all manner of canines injured or killed because they lacked proper restraint. There was the hunter who rolled his vehicle in Montana, his Lab was never seen again. Or the dog with a crushed trachea who had to be put down. Or the Setter that saw a songbird, jumped out of a slowly moving vehicle and was died instantly.

It doesn’t matter if your canine is a rescue dog or a multi-thousand-dollar puppy whose life job it is to find birds, avalanche victims, or work the World Trade Center tragedy. The reality of canine ownership is this: Once you bring a canine into your home and heart you own the tremendous responsibility of its care, well-being, and happiness every single day.

In return, canines give unconditional love regardless of what mood we are in. As one person said, a dog is one part of our existence. We are all of their existence.

All of the above provides background for the purchase price of a Gunner Kennel. It doesn’t talk about the product’s features though.

Gunner Dog Kennels: Pros

A kennel with double-wall construction will keep my canine as safe, or safer, than me in case of a mishap.

Molded-in nut plates attach the two kennel halves. This eliminates loose hardware – and after a two-day road trip, there is always loose hardware.

Molded-in tie-down pins allow you to secure the kennel to your vehicle.

Gunner Kennels tie-down

Oversized rubber feet do not allow the kennel to slide.

Backup safety latches on the kennel door ensure that your Best Furry Friend (BFF) stays in the kennel at all times. This is huge for open pickup trucks.

The keyed paddle-latch door allows me to leave my vehicle windows open, run in to get something to eat, and know that my BFF will still be there when I have a belly full of food.

Each point creates a product that is greater than the sum of its parts and pieces.

Finally, a word on safety: Gunner Kennels is the only canine crate that is crash test certified by Center for Pet Safety. This speaks to the total of that sum, as do the testimonials and gruesome crash images submitted by Gunner owners.

Gunner Dog Kennels: Cons

If I had one negative about Gunner Kennels it’s that the double-wall construction takes up more room than its single-wall, price-minded counterpart.

When ordering I went for the interior dimensions that were the same as my existing Vari-Kennel. When I dropped the Gunner in my 4Runner it definitely took up more room. That is the price one pays for double wall construction and should be a consideration when ordering.

A Valuable Safeguard For Your Pooch

So, $500 for a dog crate? For a product that is engineered like Gunner Kennels, it is an easy decision for me. You may cringe at the initial purchase price. However, if your BFF is ever in need of that level of protection, you will likely think it is worth 10 times its price.

Think about what inanimate object you might spend $500 on: A technical hardshell? Down jacket? Ski boots? Snowboard? Now ask yourself if your Best Furry Friend, that living breathing entity who adores being with you, is worth that level of investment and protection.

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Your Daily Minnesota Outdoor News Update – June 29, 2018

No Wheels: Meet the Camper that Rides on Your Hitch

The Hitch Hotel fits onto a trailer hitch for transport. At a campsite, the compact camper expands to nearly three times its size.

Hitch Hotel Expandable Camper

Say goodbye to wheeled campers with the introduction of the Hitch Hotel. A unique telescoping design promises motorists a lightweight and cozy camping option.

Announced today, Hitch Hotel is the world’s first expandable wheel-less trailer. Hitch Hotel attaches to your vehicle on just the hitch in transit and expands to fit two adults comfortably.

In transit, the 250 lb. Hitch Hotel only takes up 16 sq. feet. of space. It fits onto class 2 hitches and higher.

Hitch Hotel Expandable Camper

The nuanced design can hold 100 lbs. of cargo directly on your hitch. Expanded, the platform can hold more than 1,000 lbs.

Currently, Hitch Hotel is on Kickstarter and costs $4,499 retail with substantial discounts for early backers.

Hitch Hotel Expandable Camper

Hitch Hotel: Lightweight, Hitch-Mounted Camper

The Hitch Hotel is simple in design but versatile in use. When closed, there is more than 60 cubic feet of storage. Opened, the Hitch Hotel provides a 135 cubic feet sleeping space. That’s larger than a queen size bed.

hitch hotel

For a stable connection, Hitch Hotel is only compatible with Class 2 hitches and higher. This equates to tongue weights of 350 lbs. or higher.

Hitch Hotel Expandable Camper

Four sets of ladders make a sturdy connection with the ground for when it’s expanded. And Hitch Hotel keeps your gear and yourself safe and secured with its watertight design.

Vents and windows line the outside of the camper, and an external grab bar serves as a gear rack. Its frame is constructed with aircraft-grade aluminum.

Hitch Hotel Expandable Camper

The closed dimensions are 68 x 34 x 50 in. This lets the vehicle meet all lane requirements. Then, with a set-up time faster than a tent, it telescopes to 7 ft. 4 in.

Hitch Hotel is estimated to deliver in September 2018. Its Kickstarter ends in July.

Check out the Kickstarter video to get stoked on this compact addition to the adventurer’s rig.

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How I Set Up My Tacoma for Life On The Road

Beating the daily grind and living life on the road has a lot of appeal for outdoor-minded folks. Here’s what I use to make it a reality.

Toyota Tacoma

There was never a plan. Trying to balance a rigorous startup job with a ceaseless desire for adventure, I decided to give away most of my possessions, buy a used Tacoma, and move in. This compromise offered flexibility and fresh air at the cost of normalcy, which I willingly accepted. Microadventures, long weekends in the mountains, and remote work all became much closer to reality.

A few days later I bought a LEER truck cap and spent the weekend crafting my first storage system – a drawer in the bed. I’m now working on its fourth iteration. Over the last three years, truck life has evolved with me.

I’ve progressively optimized for dirt roads and more out of office emails. And, while the nomadic lifestyle has some obvious downsides like a lack of showers (sorry Mom), it enabled some of the best years of my life. If simplicity, fixing things, and seeing new places draws you, consider it. Here’s how I set up my truck for adventure.

Living in a Toyota Tacoma

Living in a Tacoma

Unlike many Sprinters, the TacoMama is nothing fancy. I designed it to go anywhere, which comes at the cost of comfort. There is no A/C, heater, or water pump – and no cooking inside.

Also, it has no LED string light, prayer flags, or general frills. Instead, I invested in 4-wheel drive, A/T tires, a 3” lift, and a practical sleeping setup that works as well in the city as it does in the mountains.

Toyota Tacoma rearview countryside

It’s almost always dirty and smelly – and that’s why I love it. Truck life isn’t right for everyone, but if you do go down this route, this is where I suggest you start.


The Thule Motion XT cargo carrier has just enough space for a couple pairs of skis, tents, sleeping bags, and assorted camping, climbing, and biking gear. But not much more. It’s low-profile and easy to use, making it the ideal non-excessive gear hauler.


How to live in a Toyota Tacoma

Solar panels often stick out like a sore thumb, so I opted for three flexible panels that contour to the roof of the truck. I daisy-chained the Lensun 100-watt panels to a Goal Zero 1400, which stores enough power for the fridge to run for a handful of days – or indefinitely if the sun is out.


Toyota Tacoma camp cook setup

With a focus on reliability, I bought a Camp Chef Double Burner. And it’s run, without fail, since. I’m able to make coffee and oatmeal in the morning and veggies and quinoa at night, which is all I need. The stove is connected to a 20-pound propane tank that cuts down on waste and rarely needs to be refilled.

I’m a big proponent of meals cooked on a cast-iron skillet. I pair that with nonstick MSR pots, bowls, plates, and TOAKS sporks. I keep my coffee fairly simple, too. Wide-mount MiiR bottle and a large steel french press off Amazon are all you need.


I rely on a seven-gallon water jug to store most of my water, refilling it every couple of weeks. When I head out on long trips or want a quick shower in the backcountry, I use MSR 10L Dromedary. I tried a lot of other systems and ultimately defaulted on this one. Less is more.


Living in a Toyota Tacoma

Four inches of memory foam and a pair of standard pillows set the foundation. Two Mountain Hardwear sleeping bags for different temperatures – the Phantom for colder nights and Ratio for warmer ones – keep me happy in any weather.


Toyota Tacoma dog mascot

I always keep a few rolls of duct tape, a bundle of zip ties, a cordless drill, a set of wrenches, and a good headlamp when the inevitable bad luck strikes. This makeshift kit has saved me more than once.

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BRP acquires Alumacraft, creates Marine Group

Valcourt, Quebec – Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), headquartered in Valcourt, Quebec, announced this week the creation of the Marine Group with the acquisition of Alumacraft, a private North American manufacturer of aluminum fishing boats based in St. Peter, Minn., BRP said in a news release.

Tracy Crocker, senior vice-president and general manager of Evinrude Outboard Motors since 2017, has been named president of the group, effective immediately, BRP said in the release, adding that the acquisition will allow the company to leverage the strength and reputation of the two marine industry players.

The BRP portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am on- and off-road vehicles, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft, the company said in the release.

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‘Goldilocks’ Trail Shoe: HOKA ONE ONE Torrent First Look

Chug uphill, glide down, and cut through rocky switchbacks – the HOKA ONE ONE Torrent touts the best of everything a trail runner wants: agility, ground feel, cushion, breathability, and minimal weight. We tested them for a month on Colorado trails.

HOKA ONE ONE Torrent trail-running shoe

Runners committed to minimal footwear and maximum ground feel typically shrug off HOKA ONE ONE trail shoes. Not because of the brand ‘s quality — far from it. HOKA outfits some of the world’s most accomplished endurance athletes.

But HOKA ONE ONE has become synonymous with maximum cushion and plush foam midsoles. But this month, the brand launched what it called a “seemingly contradictory combination of cushioning and agility.”

The Torrent targets trail runners seeking lightweight and breathable shoes that protect against rugged terrain without a “moon boot” feel.

Our editors (one is training for the Leadville 100) took the Torrents on moderate to long trail runs, from five to 15 miles, and even used them on daily commute runs to and from work.

HOKA ONE ONE Torrent trail-running shoe

In short: With the Torrents, HOKA ONE ONE discovers a new position within its trail-running line. Lighter and slimmer than its Speedgoat cousin, the Torrent transmits more of the terrain’s feel to the foot. Along with its relatively light weight, the shoe provides agility and speed on twisting trails. But ample rebound and 23-mm stack maintain the brand’s trademark cushion-forward DNA.

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HOKA ONE ONE Torrent Review

No shoe can guarantee to make you faster. But a few shoes, the Torrent included, might make you feel faster. How? The brand will tell you it’s “Profly,” and that’s part of it.

Profly is market-speak for a midsole design that combines a bouncy foam midsole at the heel with a more firm material at the toe. The result is a shoe with noticeable rebound that also helps your toes claw forward.

HOKA ONE ONE Torrent trail-running shoe

But the Torrent also keeps this shoe light and breathable with a mesh upper. My size 13s weighed 11.7 ounces, and the brand advertises 9 ounces for a men’s size 9.

Trail Test: HOKA ONE ONE Torrent

If bounce and a moderate cushion is what you’re looking for in a trail shoe, the Torrent has a few other performance features worth noting.

Unlike other HOKA ONE ONE offerings, the Torrent does not hug the whole foot. Instead, it sports a heel-hugging quarter that keeps the ankle stable and a toe box that allows room for feet to splay.

HOKA ONE ONE Torrent trail-running shoe

This was great for long runs, as it prevented sore, squeezed feet. But it also allowed the forefoot to shift a little, worth considering if you plan to run fast descents. They are not as loose in the forefoot as some other brands though, and we found them fairly precise for technical, rocky terrain.

We ran them down some really steep grades and found the aggressive lugs performed well, biting into both loose and packed dirt.

As for breathability, the Torrent does permit airflow, but it is not the most breathable trail runner out there. We noted a little moisture in socks after really hot runs, but its mesh helped mitigate some heat.

HOKA ONE ONE Torrent Trail Running Shoe

HOKA ONE ONE Torrent trail-running shoe

Overall, this is a great shoe for the trail. While you can use it for runs from your front door to the workplace, it’s a little too aggressive for pavement. On the dirt, however, it shines.

A Contender For Leadville

One GearJunkie editor is signed up for the Leadville 100 trail run in August. Having used these in training, this shoe is among a few contenders that he may toe the line with come race day.

A few of the other shoes he’s considering are the Altra Lone Peak 3.5, and Salomon Sense Ride. Given the length of Leadville, he’ll likely cycle through a few pairs. But the Torrent will almost certainly be in the rotation.


  • Weight: 9 oz. (men’s 9) / 7.4 oz. (women’s 7)
  • Stack (heel/toe): 23/18 mm (men’s) / 21/16 mm (women’s)
  • Drop: 5 mm
  • Price: $120

The HOKA ONE ONE Torrent is a very capable trail running shoe. It’s among our favorites on the market now, and one serious trail runners should try on.

The strong points are grip – both up and down – lightweight cushioning, and an improved degree of agility for the brand. And at $120, it’s not an overwhelming monetary burden for the category.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 29, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides.


Chain: The walleyes are really starting to turn on all over the Chain. Jig and minnow combinations or spinner rigs with nightcrawlers are the best producers. Strong reports of good panfish have been coming in. Small ice jigs under a float or bobber. The shallow portions of the bays seem to be producing quite well. Bass have been hitting Rattletraps fished in the shallower areas as well as slow rolled spinnerbaits near the bottom. Look for the inside edges of weedbeds that are good transition points between cover and their spawning areas.

Braidwood: Catfish are being caught on bottom rigs tipped with crawlers or other cut bait. 

The largemouths are slowing down but are still being found on the secondary drop-offs with large profile baits like a jig and pig or by fishing the shallower areas bouncing a crankbait or spoonplug off the rocks and the bottom. 

Always keep an eye on the flags at the launch, as they will give you an indication if it is safe to be on the water and when you should take caution. Green is good, yellow is caution, and red is dangerous.

LaSalle: The lake has begun to slow down for both the boat and the shore angler. Shore anglers have been catching the occasional hybrid stripers on chicken livers. Blue cats are also being caught on live bait or crankbaits. The boaters have been catching multiple species trolling crankbaits near the rip-rap as well as working some of the deeper structure that is in the lake. Smallmouth and largemouth bass as well as the occasional walleye can and are being caught on rattletraps and bladebaits. The fish are pushing down to the sections near the dikes where the rock meets the mud bottom. Carolina rigging smaller sized plastics as well as drop-shotting can be very productive. Wacky-rigged senkos have been putting a number of bass in the boats as well.

Heidecke: The hybrid stripers have been taken by shore fishermen on chicken livers and by boaters trolling cranks or casting the riprap. The walleye bite is picking up with some large fish being taken on live bait or by trolling spinner rigs with nightcrawlers. White bass and yellow bass will also come while trolling the spinner rigs. Cast the rip-rap with crankbaits like a Rattletrap or other tight wobble baits. These will often produce a reaction strike that can help put more fish in the boat. There have also been reports of the occasional muskie being caught. Take caution as the water is up and this means that the bridge to go under to the north side is too low and you risk damage to your rig if you try to go under.

Lake Michigan: North harbors are experiencing the June lull. Few reports of limits are coming in, but the fish are still there. Cohos and a mix of kings and steelhead are reported. Flasher fly combos and magnum spoons in 80-100 feet of water. Boaters in the deeper areas are having better luck.

The south end is still showing good limits of coho and kings. Flasher/fly and brighter colored spoons have been top producers.

Good catches of smallmouths are being reported by those targeting them. The best producers are goby imitating jigs or dropshot rigs with 4-inch minnow style plastics. Jerkbaits are also showing some good action.

The shore anglers on Navy pier as well as some of the downtown harbors have reported some great catches of perch. Minnows on crappie rigs are doing best. The offshore bite has slowed down but if you can find the schools, you can get on some big fish.


Devils Kitchen: Bluegills are on and off the beds. Fishing has slowed slightly, but some anglers are still reporting good catches on crickets and wax worms.

Crab Orchard Lake: Crappies are still being found near the shore on shallow cover. Minnows and jigs are both effective. Bluegills are being caught in shallow areas. Some fish are still on the beds. 

Crickets and wax worms are the most effective baits. 

Catfish are being caught in good numbers on cut bait. Bass action has been good on a variety of baits. Jigs and spinnerbaits are the best bets.

Baldwin Lake: Catfish are the best bet. Anglers are drifting the middle of the lake with live bait, targeting flatheads. Bluegill anglers are still picking up fair numbers of fish, although size in small. Wax worms, meal worms and crickets are effective. Bass action has slowed.

Carlyle Lake: Catfish action is hot around the main lake rip-rap as fish have moved in to spawn. The best success has been on nightcrawlers, cut shad and stinkbaits. Crappie action has slowed somewhat as fish have moved into post-spawn mode. Minnows and jigs fished over cover in 5-6 feet of water are still producing some fish. White bass and sauger are being caught around the silos on the north end of the lake. Some nice sauger are being caught by anglers trolling crankbaits. In the tailwater, catfish are the best bet on cut bait, shad gut and stinkbaits. White bass action is also good on rooster tails, jigs and minnows.

Little Grassy: Catfish action has been outstanding. Anglers are catching good numbers of cats on nightcrawlers. Crappie action has also been good. Anglers are taking good numbers of big fish on minnows. Crappies are still being caught over shallow cover. Bluegill action has improved in the past week. Crickets have been the best bet. An 8.5-pound pass was caught by a bluegill angler this month. Bass action has been good on jigs.

Pinckneyville Lake: Largemouth bass have slowed. Bluegills are biting on worms in 6 to 8 feet of water. Crappies and catfish fishing has been fair.

Kinkaid Lake: Bass action has been good, particularly in the evenings. Good numbers of 3-pound fish are being caught around the islands on spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Crappies are a bit slower, but fish are still being caught in decent numbers. Most fish are holding in 4-6 feet of water and are being caught primarily on minnows. Bluegills are being caught in good numbers. Some fish are still on the beds. 

Wax worms and red wigglers are both effective. Catfish action remains steady in the late evenings, particularly on the north end of the lake on night crawlers. Muskie and walleye action has slowed with the heat.

Lake of Egypt: Bass action remains fair to good. Anglers are taking fish in the mornings and evenings on topwater baits. 

During the day, fish are holding in wood and weeds and can be caught on soft plastics and jigs. Crappie anglers are going to depths of 18 to 20 feet to catch fish. The best crappie action has been on minnows. Most bluegills have moved off the beds. Some fish are still being caught on wax worms and crickets. Catfish action is still slow.

Rend Lake: Crappies are rated excellent in brushy areas. Crappies are being caught at about two feet deep on quarter-ounce pink/white jigs and minnows. Other anglers are reporting success over cover in 8-11 feet of water. 

Catfish are also rated excellent on stinkbaits, leeches and large minnows. The mouths of creeks have been hot spots. Leeches have been effective in moving water. Bass are rated good around brushy cover in bays. Soft plastics and jigs have been the most effective baits. Bluegills are also rated excellent on crickets, wax worms, meal worms and red wigglers in the back of shallow necks. One hot spot has been near the rocks at the Sailboat Harbor bridge. White bass are good around the bridges and rip-rap.


Newton Lake: Bass good. Crappies fair on minnows. Catfish good.

Lake Bloomington: Bluegills are good and taking spinners off the seawalls; but most are under 8 inches. Catfish are good on dipbait and are taking jigs fished for other species off points. 

Walleye fishing is good on crankbaits, jigs and crawlers on points or deep flats and quarter-ounce chrome-and-blue Rat-L-Traps near the pump house. Bass fishing is fair. 

Lake Shelbyville: Bass picking up, but higher waters have slowed action. The crappies hitting minnows, shallows seem to be working best. Catfish are being caught on worms and shad at night.

Evergreen Lake: Crappies are moving shallow and biting early and late, but many are small. Evenings are best for keepers in the shallows. Channel catfish are good also, particularly at the mouth of Six Mile Creek Bay, the swim beach, the pump house and off the spillway. Saugeyes are good in the evenings in the same spots as the crappies. 

Hot spots include the dock just south of the boat rental and the boat rental dock. Bass are deep off main-lake points and humps.  

Clinton Lake: Walleyes, catfish and stripers are biting below the spillway. On the main lake, bass are fair on crankbaits, jig/grub and plastics on points and around cover with the west side being more productive. Bluegills are fair on wax worms in coves. 

Sangchris Lake: A few nice bass caught on spinners. Crappies biting on minnows. Bluegills and catfish hot on nightcrawlers and worms.

Lake Springfield: Bass good in the cool part of the lake, in the back and off of points. Most were caught on crankbaits, some 18 inches and bigger.

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Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 29, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis

In Henry County, CPO Posateri received a call from a witness saying he watched a man with a cast net take bass from the Hennepin Canal at the Colona Boat Ramp. She responded to the area, and the man was found to be in possession of four fish illegally taken with a cast net. Only shad, minnows, and crayfish can be taken with a cast net. The net was seized, and the East Moline man was cited.

In Scott County, CPO Wichern investigated a hunting accident involving a turkey hunter. The turkey hunter did not realize that he had been accidentally shot by another turkey hunter on adjacent property until two days after the fact. The hunter had his wife examine the spots on his neck and scalp that he believed to be from black locust thorns. His wife thought the spots were pellets, and he was taken to the hospital. Three copper-plated #4 shotgun pellets were removed from just under his skin. The hunter stated he had only heard one other shot the day he was hunting, and that shot came from an adjacent property. He admitted to hen calling approximately 15 minutes prior to the shot, but he did not see a hunter or any turkeys the rest of the day. Due to the thick cover and high ravines in the area, the incident has been deemed an accident.

In Sangamon County, while on patrol at an inner-city pond, CPO Macias noticed a subject fishing. The pond has a posted no fishing sign. When the subject saw the CPO looking at him, he quickly began to pack up his tackle and left the area. A short time later CPO Macias spoke to him, and he admitted he did not know that he could not fish there. He was issued a citation for no permission.

In Sangamon County, CPO Macias received several phone calls concerning a roadkill bobcat. He went to the location described by the complainant, and he found a dead female bobcat. It was determined the bobcat was struck by a vehicle earlier that day.

In Morgan County, CPO Macias went to Passavant Area Hospital to check on a hunter who was involved in an accident. The hunter was chasing a tom turkey and unknowingly crossed into another person’s property during the chase. As the hunter was stalking the bird, a separate hunter thought he was a turkey and shot him in the face, neck, and arms. He is expected to make a full recovery. Violations are pending.

In Morgan County, While investigating a hunting without permission complaint, CPO Wichern located a turkey hunter on an adjacent property. A field inspection of the hunter’s equipment and licenses showed that the hunter failed to purchase a 2018 hunting license and habitat stamp prior to hunting that morning. The hunter was cited for the violations and was instructed to purchase the proper licenses before going turkey hunting the next day.

In Jersey County, CPOs Gushleff and Goetten investigated tire tracks that were on a maintenance lane at Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Area. After walking the lane, damage to the trail due to the muddy conditions was found. The lane was posted as “Authorized Vehicles Only.” As the CPOs left the area, they observed a mud-covered SUV parked approximately a mile from the State site. The CPOs interviewed the residents, and they admitted to driving on the lane and getting stuck. They also admitted to taking another vehicle back there to pull the first one out. A citation was issued to one subject, and a written warning was issued to a second subject.

In Winnebago County, CPO Alt was inspecting shore fishermen along the Rock River at Fordham Dam when he encountered two subjects fishing. A compliance check was initiated, and one of the subjects was fishing without a license. During the inspection, the subject in violation provided a false name and date of birth prior to fleeing the scene. Once the correct information was obtained, CPO Alt leaned the subject was wanted on an armed and dangerous warrant from the Rockford Police Department. Additional warrants for arrest were sought by CPO Alt for unlawful fishing without a fishing license, obstructing identification, and resisting/obstructing a peace officer.

Northeast Zone – Capt. Brett Scroggins

In Kankakee County, CPO Farber received a TIP complaint from a concerned member of the Kankakee River Rats, a fishing/conservation group. The complainant advised he had located several fishermen along the Kankakee River illegally keeping smallmouth bass, and a description of the violators was given. On the Kankakee River, smallmouth bass must be released between April 1st and June 15th. CPO Farber was unable to locate the subjects at that time; however, four days later he located the subjects fishing in the same spot. While conducting a compliance check, the CPO located a stringer between the two fishermen with several smallmouth bass on it. An interview was conducted, and both men were issued citations for the violations.

In Cook County, CPO Thornley conducted fish enforcement of Cook County lakes, rivers, and streams. As he pulled into the parking lot of one of the lakes, he spotted two fishermen. When the fishermen spotted the CPO’s squad, they began to move items closer to their chairs. After several minutes, CPO Thornley approached the fishermen and conducted a fish compliance check. Each fisherman possessed a valid fishing license. When asked if they had any fish, they denied catching any fish. CPO Thornley requested they open their containers to inspect for fish, and he located three bass. When the bass were measured, it was determined all three bass were in violation for being too short. One fisherman was issued a citation for possession of short largemouth bass, and the fish were confiscated.

In Cook County, CPO Thornley conducted fishing compliance checks and came upon a fisherman who did not possess a fishing license. The individual stated he was 15 years old. When asked how he got to the park, he said he rode his bicycle. After further questioning, the individual confessed that he did not have a bicycle and the car located a short distance away was his. The fisherman then admitted he was 16 but did not possess a fishing license or driver’s license. The young man had to call his parents to come get him and the vehicle. A citation was issued for no fishing license, and the vehicle was turned over to his parents.

In Cook County, while on patrol in William W. Powers State Recreation Area, CPO Ausmus noticed an angler in hip-boots wading in the north pool of Wolf Lake. A fishing compliance check was conducted, and the angler was issued a written warning for wading where prohibited. In a separate incidence, he conducted a fishing compliance check of an adult male that was fishing. The Indiana man stated he thought it was a free fishing weekend and produced his smartphone with the Indiana DNR website. It was explained to him that it was indeed a free fishing weekend in Indiana, but he was in Illinois. He was issued a written warning and given instructions on how to obtain a nonresident fishing license.

In McLean County, CPO Graden investigated an abandoned vehicle complaint in Moraine View State Recreation Area. A 2001 Dodge pickup truck had been left on a Gander Bay campsite for several days. The registration had been removed, and it was emptied of all valuables. The key was left in the ignition. A VIN search identified the last registered owner, and she was contacted. She claimed the truck’s engine had “blown up,” and the vehicle not operable. She was given three days to remove the truck but failed to do so. The truck was towed. The registered owner was issued a citation for unlawfully abandoning a motor vehicle on public property.

South Zone – Capt. Jim Mayes

In Clark County, CPO Mieure completed an investigation on an out-of-state resident who had unlawfully taken a trophy buck. There were six Illinois violations (unlawful take of white-tailed deer, no valid permit, unlawful feeding of white-tailed deer, unlawful possession of wildlife taken illegally in the state, failure to tag deer upon kill, and failure to report deer harvest) and two Indiana violations. The case has been referred to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for federal prosecution for violation of the Lacey Act. A 17-point buck was seized and entered into evidence.

In Coles County, CPO Mieure responded to a call from Fox Ridge State Park staff regarding a Mattoon man causing problems in the campground and harassing park staff. CPO Mieure located the individual and issued him two citations for cutting trees on state park property and possession and consumption of alcohol in a prohibited area. A written warning was issued for destruction of trees on park property, and a civil citation for drug paraphernalia was issued after taking the man into custody and conducting a search of his person. The subject was transported to the Coles County Jail.

In Randolph County, CPO Schachner assisted CPO Sievers with locating and removing 33 illegal cannabis plants which were planted in several remote areas at a nature preserve. They then went to the Indian rock art and documented the new graffiti. An investigation into the graffiti is being conducted.

In Randolph County, CPO Schachner assisted CPO Sievers and two IDNR biologists with investigating a large reptile and amphibian kill (several hundred turtles) at a slough near the Mississippi River. They collected live and dead frogs and turtles for testing. The cause of death is not known at this time, but Ranavirus is suspected.

In Franklin County, CPO Lay completed an investigation of fishing without landowner consent. The two Franklin County residents were issued citations for fishing on private property without permission.

In Franklin County,  CPO Lay issued a citation to a Franklin County angler for fishing in the Big Muddy River without a license. The fisherman was initially called in as a traffic hazard while he fished from a road bridge south of Benton.

In Lawrence County, CPO Taylor conducted a timber truck inspection on a straight truck with 42 logs. The truck was pulling a trailer loaded with 18 logs. The driver did not have transportation paperwork and was issued a citation for proof of ownership. The truck and trailer license plate revealed the weight capacity for hauling was 36,000 pounds. It appeared that the vehicle and trailer were overweight. Portable scales were brought in to weigh the truck. The truck and trailer weighed 85,400 pounds. Illinois State Police arrived and issued the appropriate citation for being overweight.

In Perry County, CPO Lewis received a call from a recent theft victim. The person advised CPO Lewis he had seen his Yamaha outboard motor mounted to a boat being towed down the road. The towing vehicle and stolen motor were found parked at a residence. CPO Lewis confirmed that it was the motor that was reported stolen. The Perry County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation, and the motor was returned to its owner. Charges are pending with the Perry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – June 29, 2018

Season Dates

Aug. 1: Squirrel hunting season opens statewide.


Sept. 30: Tebala Shriners Gun Show, noon-5 p.m., Tebala Event Center, Rockford. For more info call Doug McPherson, 815-997-7156.


Happy Hookers Bass Club meets the 1st Tues. of every month, 7 p.m., Haydens Crossing. For more info call Jim Pattin, 815-513-5687.

Calumet Region Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Sat. 11 a.m., Dolton. For more info call Julie Osborne, 708-525-4051.

Chicago#1 Chapter Izaak Walton League meets annually in July at national convention. For more info call Wendy Reid, 708-895-0850.

Decatur Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Fri. 7:30 p.m., Decatur. For more info call Jackie Wooten, 217-428-6403.

Kewanee Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Tues. 7 p.m., Giant Goose Conservation & Education Center, Atkinson. For more info call Richard Gibson, 309-853-5245.

Des Plaines Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Des Plaines. For more info call Donald Johanson, 847-358-9023.

Elgin Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 1st Tues. 7 p.m., Elgin. For more info call William Jones, 847-742-3205.

Take Pride in America meets 2nd Mon. of every Month, 7 p.m., Crab Orchard Refuge Visitor Center. For more info call Ed Tresnak, 618-997-3344.

Frank Anetsberger Chapter Izaak Walton League meets Northbrook Civic Center, Northbrook. For more info call John Sundquist, 847-564-3266.

Geneseo Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 2nd Mon. 7:30 p.m., Geneseo. For more info call Victor Bianchetta, 309-944-6522.

Havana Chapter Izaak Walton League meets 3rd Sun. 1:30 p.m., Astoria. For more info call Dawn Butler, 309-241-7768.

Peoria Chapter Izaak Walton League Meets 2nd Tues. 6 p.m., East Peoria. For more info call John Purple, 309-681-4010.

Walter Sherry Memorial Chapter Izaak Walton League meets last Wed. 7 p.m., Wilmington. For more info call Cindy Campbell, 815-723-5065.

Woodford County Chapter Izaak Walton League meets last Tues. 7 p.m., Metamora. For more info call Candace Kleen, 309-696-0208.

Silver Creek Quail Forever. Meets 1st Tues. of the Month. 7 p.m. For more info call Pat Daniels, 618-566-8072.

Quad County Hunters Chapter of Muskies Inc. Meets March-May and July-Feb.  2nd Thurs. of the month, 7:30 p.m. For more info call Duane Landmeier, 815-286-7170.

Northern Illinois Anglers Assoc. Meets on the 4th Wed. of the month, 7 p.m., B.B.S.C. For more info call Sam Thomas, 815-953-1372.

Arlington Anglers meets the 3rd Tues. of every month, 6:30 p.m., Cabela’s Hoffman Estates. For more info call Tom Curtin, 312-560-9876.

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New York Outdoor News Calendar – June 29, 2018

Season Dates

July 15: Snapping turtle season opens

July 16: Oyster toadfish season opens


Aug. 10-12: Cattaraugus County Trappers Association  Show, Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, Little Valley, Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8-5; Sunday, 8-3. For more info call Kevin Parker, 716-474-7251.

Aug. 12: Midstate Arms Collectors & Shooters Club Unadilla Gun Show and Flea Market, Unadilla Rod & Gun Club, Butternut Road, Unadilla, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more info contact Sandy Ackerman Klinger at 607-748-1010 (1-6 p.m.).

Aug. 18-19: Rotary Club of Clayton Gun Show, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more info call Tom Neely at 315-767-5643.

Aug. 18-19: Elk Expo, Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette, Pa. for more info.

Sept. 15-16: New York State Arms Collectors Association Syracuse Gun Show, New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9-3 Sunday. For more info contact Sandy Ackerman Klinger at 607-748-1010 (1-6 p.m.).

Sept. 15-16: Batavia Gun and Sportsman Show, Quality Inn & Suites and Palm Island Indoor Waterpark, Batavia. For more information contact Kurt Baumgaertner at 716-430-3133 or via email at

Sept. 22-23: Niagara Frontier Gun Show, Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 9-3, Hamburg Fairgrounds, Hamburg. For more info call Bruce Johnson, 716-542-9929.

Oct. 7: Midstate Arms Collectors & Shooters Club Lisle Gun Show, Lisle Fire Co., Route 79 North, Lisle, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more info contact Sandy Ackerman Klinger at 607-748-1010 (1-6 p.m.).

Oct. 28: North Eastern Arms Collectors Association Antique and Modern Gun Show, American Legion Hall, 22 Grove Place, Babylon, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more info call Carly at 631-241-3299.

Nov. 4: Midstate Arms Collectors & Shooters Club Oneonta Gun Show, Holiday Inn, Route 23 Southside, Oneonta, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For info,  Sandy Ackerman Klinger at 607-748-1010 (1-6 p.m.).


July 21: Allied Archery Banquet, 5 p.m., at the club. For info call Mike Kurtowicz, 716-983-8544.

Aug. 7: Greene County Women’s League Fundraiser, noon, Coppertree Restaurant, Hunter Mountain. For more info call Rhonda Margiasso, 518-819-1249.

Aug. 18: CNY PF Sporting Clays Fundraiser,  9:30 a.m., Pathfinder fish & Game Club, Fulton. For more info call E. Puglliese, 315-263-6699.


(DEC has established a website where registration for sportsman education programs can be made online. To find a course near you, go to:

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NY Shooter Supply Reloading Classes, 6 p.m., 1st & 3rd Tuesday. For more info call Matthew Musto, 518-456-6383.

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Sept. 16: Women and Girls Instructional Rifle and Pistol Shooting Clinic, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Washington Hollow Rod and Gun Club, Pleasant Valley. For more information, contact Jackie Emslie at 914-475-4901 or via email at

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Spider Rybaak’s Free Fishing Classes for Kids

July 7: Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (fishing with bait and lures); 1:30-3:30 p.m. (fly-fishing)

July 28:  Lake Neatahwanta, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Sept. 29-30: Public Fall Shoot, Alabama Hunt Club, Alabama, N.Y. For more info contact Sam DiSalvo at 585-297-7747 or John Szumigala at 716-714-5514.

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Whitney Point Sportsmen’s Association, Trap Shoot, Thursday evenings 6 p.m. For more info call George, 607-692-4843.


June 30-July 1: IBO NY State Championship Series, Guan Ho Ha. For more info call Rhit, 518-369-2957.

July 7-8: RBD Known Triple Classic (Third Leg), Seneca Lake Duck Hunters Association, Penn Yan. For more information call Dave Moravec at 315-374-2016.

July 8, Sept. 2: Kayaderosseras Fish & Game Club, 3-D Archery Shoot. 8 a.m.-noon. For more info call Jack Holton, 518-587-1321.


July 6-7: Lake Erie Big Dawg Walleye Tournament, Chadwick Bay Marina, Dunkirk. For more info call Mark Mohr at 716-998-9871 or go online to

July 21: 8th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye Shootout. For more info call Don Ruppert at 716-416-3709 or go to

Aug. 3-5: Northern Chautauqua County Conservation Club 14th Annual Walleye Derby, Lake Erie. For more info call Zen Olow at 716-640-2776.

Aug. 25: Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge, Dunkirk Harbor, Lake Erie. For more info contact Jim Steel at 716-481-5348 or go online to

Sept. 8: Kids Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Broome County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and Broome County Parks, Cole Park, Colesville Road, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For kids ages 1-15. For more info contact Bill Holmes at 607-797-6670.

Sept. 29-30: American Bass Association 2018 Championship Tournament, Mayville Lakeside Park, Chautauqua Lake. 

Special Events

July 6-7: Trapper’s Summer Rendezvous, Nichols Pond, Madison County. For more info call Tim Evans, 315-247-0285.

Aug. 25: Yates County SCOPE Political Education, Pig Roast, 3-6 p.m., Firemen’s Field, Penn Yan. For more info call Bill, 585-554-6868.

Sept. 8-9: 9th Annual Gathering of the Tribes Native American Festival, Brown’s Farm, East Greenbush, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more info go to the event’s Facebook page.

Sept. 22: National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration, presented by the United Sportsmen Association of Rockland County, Congers Lake Park, Congers, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Central New York Izaak Walton League meets last Tuesday of the month 7 p.m., Fayetteville-Manilus Rod & Gun Club, Manlius. For more info call Mark Matt, 315-420-9209.

Cortland Chapter Izaak Walton League meets last Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., Homer. For more info call Robin Chernow, 607-849-6718.

Keuka Lake Chapter Izaak Walton League meets second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., Branchport. For more info call Lorraine Jackson, 315-536-0539.

Rome Chapter Izaak Walton League meets second Thursday of the month, 7:30 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rome. For more info call Arthur Fuhrman, 315-336-2460.

Utica Chapter Izaak Walton League meets monthly, MWP Arts Institute, Utica. For more info call Audrey Lewis, 315-853-1066.

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