Illinois Department of Natural Resources


For decades, Illinois outdoor enthusiasts enjoyed learning about the state’s natural resources and recreational activities through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) former, award-winning magazine OutdoorIllinois. Today, persons interested in the Prairie State’s wildlife resources are able to access similar articles in the form of OutdoorIllinois Wildlife Journal, an online magazine.

OutdoorIllinois Wildlife Journal will feature timely, seasonally based stories about the state’s wildlife resources and recommended wildlife management practices for the private landowner, as well as related recreational activities, including hunting, trapping and wildlife watching and photography, and places to recreate in Illinois.

Among the authors contributing to the magazine are university professionals responsible for much of the current wildlife-based research taking place in Illinois, current IDNR staff, several retired IDNR wildlife and conservation law enforcement professionals with decades of experiences to share, and resource professionals from other organizations within the state.

OutdoorIllinois Wildlife Journal is a collaborative effort of people and institutions led by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center in Illinois. Other organizations include the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Division of Wildlife Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration. Funding for OutdoorIllinois Wildlife Journal was made available through Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Project W-147-T.

Project Staff

  • Dr. Richard (Dick) E. Warner
  • Kathy Andrews Wright
  • John Buhnerkempe
  • Lynn Hawkinson Smith
  • Sarah Marjanovic


Illinois Department of Natural Resources Content Review

  • Mike Wefer, Chief, Division of Wildlife Resources
  • Chris Young, Director, Office of Resource Conservation


Our sincere appreciation to the photographers who have graciously allowed use of their images to illustrate this website. Photographs remain the sole and exclusive owner of all rights, title and interest to the photographs. Photographs are copyrighted and may not be used without the written permission of the photographer.

Unless otherwise noted with individual photo credit, the images contained on the site are property of the State of Illinois Department of Natural Resources or staff of the Website Development Team. If you wish to reproduce photographs from this site please contact IDNR at:


OutdoorIllinois Wildlife Journal website was developed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in partial fulfillment of Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Project W-147-T.

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center and partners have formed a collaboration with the capacity to assist private landholders in addressing soil, water, and wildlife conservation goals through Farm Bill conservation programs targeting watersheds. In this context NGRREC and partners are developing a “land-grant” approach that fosters learning, discovery, work force development and engagement to sustain agriculture and critical ecosystem functions in watersheds. In-kind support was provided to fund web production of this project.