There was plenty of rumbling on utilizing rifles for deer searching in Illinois. Again in January, State Consultant Lance Yednock from Ottawa proposed Home Invoice 4386. Though this has been mentioned many instances, it’s lastly getting a more in-depth look from our elected officers.
When the invoice was going via the Common Meeting, many felt that it could by no means move. Nevertheless it acquired unanimous votes in each the Home and Senate. It appears to be like just like the governor will signal it as nicely.
Included within the regulation it permits a hunter to take deer with a single shot, centerfire rifle. Calibers haven’t been set but and might be introduced by the Division of Pure Assets. That’s, if the governor indicators it.
We’ve got come a great distance with firearm freedoms in Illinois, but it surely appears to be like like issues are shifting in the correct course.
The Ottawa Chapter of Geese Limitless might be holding its thirty ninth fundraising dinner on Could 14, 2022, on the Knights of Columbus Corridor in Ottawa. Doorways open at 5 p.m., with the dinner at 6:30 p.m. Will probably be catered by The Cheese Store. There might be loads of merchandise and weapons for everybody. Hope to see a lot of you of us there.
Sandy Ford Sportsman’s Membership
Sandy Ford Sportsman’s Membership might be holding its 2022 Spring Fish Dinner on April 30, serving from 5 to 7 p.m. I’ve additional tickets, name 815-795-4749.
The youth wild turkey season has been excellent up to now. It was good to see a number of the hunter security course attendees out turkey searching. Some did nicely; others realized so much.
I lastly obtained some wild asparagus final week, the primary I’ve reduce this 12 months. Additionally, some good dandelions stuffed out the tour. There have been additionally some pheasant mushrooms rising on some useless elms, however no morels but. They need to be showing quickly, as we have now had loads of moisture.
A number of small sauger have been caught nicely beneath Ottawa on the Illinois River. That is the primary in lots of weeks, because the waters in rivers has been excessive and closely stained. I haven’t heard something in regards to the native tournaments apart from bass tourneys held close to Morris. My oldest son gained the final one every week in the past.
La Salle Lake has been producing plenty of channel and blue catfish. Not plenty of bluegill although. Most fish are being taken on the nice and cozy aspect. Search for water temps within the mid-60s.
Farm ponds are shifting up with some respectable catches of bluegill and large-mouth bass. Some ponds are stocked with catfish, and they’re taking nightcrawlers. Bass and bluegill are hitting waxworms and minnows.
Hope everybody had a cheerful Easter.
• Fred Krause is a Shaw Media correspondent.