Ralph Loos

Stocking of fish to drop amid DNR struggles

If all goes well, biologists and technicians will release between 11 million and 12 million fish into the state’s lakes and rivers this year – a significant decline from the 20.9 million stocked in 2016 and light years from the 79.5 million fish stocked 15 years ago in 2002.

Duck hunters stalled by river’s food shortage

By Ralph Loos Editor Marion, Ill. — As observant duck hunters know, it’s all about the food. With Thanksgiving Day arriving – and with it the opening of the south zone, the fourth and final zone to open to duck hunting – lack of food on the Illinois River has made the season a tough go for hunters in the…

Duck tally shows mallard estimates highest ever

Springfield — What the numbers mean for duck hunters in Illinois won’t be known until blinds along the river start filling up in October. But if your hunt is for good news, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s duck breeding population survey report contains a fair share: both mallards and green-winged teal had the highest estimates ever recorded. Mallards increased…