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Dale Bowman biography

Outdoors columnist Dale Bowman began his reporting career as a correspondent covering state government for WTAJ-TV in 1982. While in graduate school in 1984, he …

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Drumming up some big fish

The drumbeat keeps going. Ryan Whitacre caught another big freshwater drum from southern Lake Michigan in a year notable for big ‘‘sheephead,’’ as they commonly are called by Chicago fishermen. Whitacre was shore-fishing for smallmouth bass at Monroe Harbor with one of his Tightrope jigs, …

  • 10/29: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week

    MIDWEST FISHING REPORT AREA LAKES: Colder weather should kick in crappie. Otherwise, it’s the third weekend of trout. Nearby sites include Axehead, Busse North Pool, Belleau, Green, Horsetail and Wolf (Cook County); Grove, Pickerel and Silver (DuPage); Bird Park Quarry (Kankakee); Big Lake at Silver …Read More

  • Jacob Hofer, 20, develops cottage industry using family ties, hunting background

    A lot of us pissed away our college years. Jacob Hofer gives it a whole other ­meaning. “Last year I was in the dorm and didn’t get to deer hunt as often as I like,’’ said Hofer, a sophomore at Ashford University who just turned …Read More

  • Geese is the word on opening day

    I sliced goose hearts thin, quartered mushrooms and chopped onion fine. Fried in butter, it made a wonderful sauce to ladle over noodles. Hunting is born and dies in the flesh, the physical. Waterfowl seasons began Saturday in Illinois’ north zone. Ducks were so-so, as …

  • 10/22: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week

    TROUT: Wax worms, small minnows, spinners, trout baits all worked on opening weekend. Daily bag is five; 16 and older need a license and inland trout stamp. Nearby sites include Axehead, Busse North Pool, Belleau, Green, Horsetail and Wolf (Cook County); Grove, Pickerel and Silver …Read More

  • An inside look at a Fishing Advisory Committee meeting

    Morning light streamed off Lake Michigan from the east and into the community room at 31st Street Harbor. At 10 a.m., Tom Gray called the Mayor Rahm Emanuel Fishing Advisory Committee to order. The veteran of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events guides the sometimes-raucous …Read More

  • Attention, hunters: Waterfowl seasons open Saturday

    There’s no mystery that a pile of Canada geese are in and around Will County, especially that area loosely called Plainfield, which includes several southwest suburbs. That’s good news with Illinois’ waterfowl seasons opening Saturday in the north zone. And the youth hunt in the …Read More

  • 10/15: Midwest Fishing Report, Buck of the Week & Fish of the Week

    MIDWEST FISHING REPORT TROUT: Illinois’ fall inland season opens Saturday. The daily bag is five. Those 16 and older need a license and inland-trout stamp. Nearby sites are Axehead, Busse North Pool, Belleau, Green, Horsetail and Wolf (Cook County); Grove, Pickerel and Silver (DuPage); Bird …Read More

  • Illegal ginseng harvesters are seeing green

    Ginseng is hot. And I mean more than the magical tea. With the dried root pushing $1,000 a pound, you can understand the spike in arrests in northern Illinois for illegal harvest. It’s the money. It’s also the medicinal value. Or that perception. White ginseng …Read More

  • Chicago Marathon: World records unlikely to fall Sunday

    Thirty years ago, Steve Jones set the first of four world records established in the Chicago Marathon. Don’t expect the fifth Sunday in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, but a course record might be within reach. Henry Kozlowski, one of the Gang of Eight …

    Chicago Marathon: David Mann steps up for the homeless

    David Mann will run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, but he won’t be targeting his personal-best time. For good reason. Mann will be running 10 miles Friday to raise money for Back on My Feet as part of the Timex ONE Relay. …

    Chicago Marathon: Barbara Elia, 70, returns to Chicago after 25-year absence

    Barbara Elia last ran the Chicago Marathon a quarter- century ago. ‘‘We finished in Grant Park back then,’’ she said in an email interview. But in the years since, Elia, 70, an adjunct professor teaching physical education at Modesto (California) Junior College, has piled up …

    Lakefront fishing full of surprises

    Jeff Rehus was casting a Moonshine spoon for Chinook on the Chicago lakefront when he caught a surprise. Surprises are one of the great bonuses of shoreline fishing for kings on southern Lake Michigan. Rehus, who lives in Orland Park, caught a truly big surprise …

  • 10/08: Midwest Fishing Report 10/08: Fish of the Week

    Midwest fishing report SHORELINE SALMON/TROUT: Better reports come from the tributaries in Indiana, where Trail and Deep River have Chinook and steelhead in. In Wisconsin, DNR reported better Chinook and browns in Racine but fair or slow fishing in Kenosha. In Michigan, Tackle Haven reported …Read More

  • Chicago Marathon: 2 local female runners have different approaches to preparation

    For Rebekah Noven, running and training alone is a necessity and a personal choice. Vicky Maisey knows both sides of training alone or in a group. “I am the mother of two little people. I do not have the luxury of being there at set …Read More

  • Illinois must be ready to deal with large carnivores

    Black bears, cougars and wolves come into 21st-century Illinois, then go away. Soon — very soon — at least a few are going to stay. Officials will have to deal with and shape the public reaction. There’s the background as to why more than 200 …Read More

  • Famed chef Graham Elliot gets in the racing spirit

    Slices of roasted chicken sat atop a bed of an autumn salad of quinoa, kale and sweet potatoes with cranberry-almond ­vinaigrette. Some parts of prepping for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon are better than others. Same goes for writing about it. Some proper prepping …