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  1. I would be willing to bet the wildlife biologist...

    I would be willing to bet the wildlife biologist or a graduate student is surveying the reptiles populations in the PHAs. Iím used to seeing tin or plywood sheets but this sounds similar.
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    Sounds similar to the SAFE focus areas. Any of...

    Sounds similar to the SAFE focus areas.
    Any of the established hubs located north of I-80?
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    Iím not familiar with that term, Nick. Whatís the...

    Iím not familiar with that term, Nick. Whatís the scoop?
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    It's The Nature Conservancy. Their site down...

    It's The Nature Conservancy. Their site down that way is about 4000 acres of remnant and restored prairie, savannas and wetlands. If you read the Tribune, they've been covering it quite a bit the...
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    Yeah I still help out at Nachusa throughout the...

    Yeah I still help out at Nachusa throughout the year. I kicked up some birds this year while working and also some hens with good sized chicks. This wasn't on the DNR site but adjacent to it on TNC...
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    Somebody looking for me? 😁

    Somebody looking for me? 😁
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    I'll send you a message.

    I'll send you a message.
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    I've put in the last two years and haven't pulled...

    I've put in the last two years and haven't pulled a permit yet. There is always next year.
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    Unfortunately I had some night shift dropped on...

    Unfortunately I had some night shift dropped on me at the last minute so it doesn't look good for this weekend. So it looks like it will be game farms and door knocking to get the pup on more birds...
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    I may be off on Friday and might try to get I n a...

    I may be off on Friday and might try to get I n a hunt somewhere, pending approval from the boss. I guess we'll see how the back half of the week turns out.
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    My buddy and I crept in just as Frank was going...

    My buddy and I crept in just as Frank was going over the rules and regs. I'm all booked up with work the rest of the controlled season so I won't be down there again. What section did you end up...
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    I was at Green River in Friday and struck out. ...

    I was at Green River in Friday and struck out. Had another guys dog work out in front of us and put up two birds and that was about it. My pup bumped a hen out of some phragmites and got birdy...
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    I may be delaying a week due to an emergent...

    I may be delaying a week due to an emergent business trip for the wife but I'm maybe checking out the area around Heron Lake or Granite Falls.
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    I think I'll probably head up to MN on Monday and...

    I think I'll probably head up to MN on Monday and spend the afternoon checking out different parcels before getting after it on Tuesday morning.
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    Both corn and beans coming out around Byron. One...

    Both corn and beans coming out around Byron. One field was being turned under already this morning.
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    Right now, I'm considering N. IA, SW MN and SD...

    Right now, I'm considering N. IA, SW MN and SD for my short trip with the pup. I have a stretch of days off right after the opener, leading me towards MN.

    I'm a complete novice when it comes to...
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    First trip with young griffon

    This fall in contemplating a short trip for pheasants with my griffon pup, with SW MN being one of my possible destinations. I'd like to get her on some wild birds and just let her have fun learning...
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    I picked up a griffon. I like the idea of having...

    I picked up a griffon. I like the idea of having a versatile breed as I'd like to poke around in upland and waterfowl and read that they do well with kids. She's a knucklehead one minute and a...
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    It's going to come down to a compromise of time...

    It's going to come down to a compromise of time spent driving vs likelihood of getting on birds. I'm a first time bird hunter and would just like to spend a couple days chasing "wild" birds with my...
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    I've been wondering about hunting IA also. I've...

    I've been wondering about hunting IA also. I've got a young pup and am trying to decide whether to head all the way to SD from Illinois or stop short in IA. I liked the roadside counts for NW IA so...
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    I didn't land a free permit, even though I left...

    I didn't land a free permit, even though I left no selections blank. But I did pick up a controlled hunt the first week of November. Can't wait to let Mia get after some birds.
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    PM incoming

    PM incoming
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    Releasing birds

    What are the Illinois regulations on releasing game birds for hunting? I know some that just let them go and others adhere is licensing and permits. What is legal?
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    I'm in Byron.

    I'm in Byron.
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    IL griffon greenhorn

    Hello all! I'm happy to have found this place. I looked around for a few days before I decided, what the hell, just join. I live in northern Illinois and recently welcomed home by first bird dog, a...
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