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November 2020
Nov 2, 2020
  • Wildlife
Night Walkers
By Kevin Wright

The author shares his early morning observation of a mink. A member of the weasel family, the mink would rather do all its handy work under the cover of darkness. Read on to learn more about mink.

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Nov 2, 2020
  • Land
Your Honey-Hole Just Got a Little Sweeter
By Mike Budd

Duck hunters often refer to their favorite spots as “Honey-Holes,” where game is abundant and hunts are usually successful. During the summer these honey-holes are likely full of bees, butterflies and wildflowers.

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Nov 2, 2020
  • Research
20th Anniversary of State Wildlife Grant Program
By Arthur Hadley-Ives

Through land acquisition, research, and stewardship State Wildlife Grants have been used to benefit Species of Greatest Conservation Need and the habitats that they rely upon.

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Nov 2, 2020
  • Wildlife
Dog and I Follow Coyote Tracks—Straight Through My Neighborhood
By Pam Otto

Walking my dog one (comparatively) warm night, I planned to get a little fresh air, shake off a case of cabin fever and get a little exercise. Along the way, the difference of the wandering trek of a dog and economy-of-motion of a coyote became evident.

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Nov 2, 2020
  • Recreation
  • Research
Illinois Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Season Review, 2016 – 2020
By Stan McTaggart

Researchers and the IDNR are working to increase our understanding of population dynamics, survival, occupancy and distribution of bobcats across Illinois. Current research focuses on studying the bobcat population following implementation of the regulated hunting and trapping season.

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Welcome to the November 1, 2020 edition of the online magazine OutdoorIllinois Journal, featuring timely, seasonally based stories about the Prairie State’s wildlife resources, with an expansion of content to include a broader range of subjects—including endangered and threatened species and Illinois’ unique, high-quality habitats and the people working to preserve, protect and manage these resources.

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October 2020
Oct 26, 2020
  • Wildlife
The Deer Rut and Road Safety Q&A
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Peter Schlichting from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources joins us for a Q&A on road safety during deer rut. Join us to learn why deer are more active and tips for drivers during this time of year.

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Oct 13, 2020
  • Wildlife
Waterfowl Overview and Outlook for 2020
By Randy Smith

Ready for the upcoming waterfowl hunting season? Check out the insights gathered on habitat and populations of waterfowl by IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources Wetland Wildlife Program Manager Randy Smith.

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Oct 8, 2020
  • Recreation
2020-2021 Illinois Deer Hunting Forecast
By Dan Skinner

Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Forest Wildlife Program Manager Dan Skinner provides insights into the hunting forecasts for the 2020–2021 white-tailed deer hunting season.

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Oct 7, 2020
  • Wildlife
Illinois Wildlife Q&A Video
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Stan McTaggart from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Scott Beckerman from Illinois Wildlife Services joins us for a Q&A on living with wildlife. Listen in to learn how to humanely remove a raccoon from the attic and more.

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