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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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  • 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 …Read More

  • 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 …Read More

  • 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 …Read More

  • 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 …

    Could lone spotted gar be a harbinger of clearer water?

    Tilapia, guppies, walleye, sauger and big beautiful crappie have all come from the North Shore Channel in recent decades. Now add the first known modern report of a spotted gar in Chicago. Illinois Department of Natural resources staff captured the 31-inch gar last week during …

    Chicago Marathon: Abbott joins the team

    Another iconic Chicago-area business is tied to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Abbott, the global healthcare company headquartered in Abbott Park, signed on as the first title sponsor of the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo, which will precede the marathon and have “an interactive …

    Midwest Fishing Report: 10/01

    Midwest fishing report FLY FISHING TROUT: Illinois’ first catch-and-release, fly-fishing season opens Saturday, two weeks before regular fall trout fishing, at Pine Creek at White Pines State Park; Apple River at Apple River SP; the IDOT Lake in Springfield; Horton Lake at Navoo SP; Gridley …

  • Maywood Dusters do Chicago area proud in trapshooting event

    For Kyle Mantsch, the sheer expanse of the World Shooting Complex near Sparta in far southwestern Illinois catches him. ‘‘I would have to say the size of it,’’ he said. ‘‘When you get to the main building, you can see rows and rows of trap …Read More

  • NCAA champion Lisa Uhl going the distance in Chicago Marathon

    Paula Radcliffe. Joan Benoit Samuelson. Rita Jeptoo. The printed names and memorabilia of fabled women’s champions in the Chicago Marathon are posted along the rafters of Nike Running Bucktown. Lisa Uhl does not back away from thinking that big. It will not happen this year …Read More

  • Kyle Svachula, 12, catches 53-inch muskie, then celebrates artistically

    Catching that lifetime muskie (Kyle Svachula did it as a 12-year-old) is hard enough; properly commemorating the catch is another matter. Take Svachula and his 53-inch muskie. Svachula and his dad, Pete, were on a father-son trip to Temple Bay Lodge on Eagle Lake in …Read More

  • 9/24: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week

    MIDWEST FISHING REPORT SHORELINE SALMON/TROUT: Few female Chinook so far. CHICAGO: Steve Palmisano, Henry’s: Different batches come and go, best harbor varies daily; work spoons to cover deeper water and crankbaits for higher; low light is best. Park Bait: Best at mouth of Montrose on …

  • Chicago Marathon: Pain, soreness are different

    “No pain, no gain” ran its course. “In the past, that is what we all grew up with,” Dr. Carrie Jaworski said. She isn’t dismissing the toll of training. She’s distinguishing between “muscle soreness that comes with new exercises” and exercising to the point that …Read More