There have been many rumors about the use of guns for deer hunting in Illinois. Last January, State Rep. Lance Yednock of Ottawa proposed House Bill 4386. Although this has been discussed many times, it is finally being given a closer look by our elected officials.
When the bill passed through the General Assembly, many thought it would never pass. But it received unanimous votes in both the House and the Senate. It looks like the Governor will sign it as well.
Included in the regulations, it allows a hunter to capture deer with a single-shot centerfire rifle. The sizes have not yet been established and will be announced by the Ministry of Natural Resources. That is, if the Governor signs it.
We’ve come a long way with gun freedom in Illinois, but it looks like things are moving in the right direction.
The Ottawa Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its 39th Annual Fundraising Dinner on May 14, 2022 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ottawa. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. It will be served by The Cheese Shop. There will be plenty of goods and weapons for everyone. I hope to see many of you there.
Sandy Ford Sports Club
The Sandy Ford Sportsman’s Club will hold its 2022 Spring Fish Supper on April 30, 5-7 p.m. I have extra tickets, call 815-795-4749.
The young wild turkey season has been very good so far. It was nice to see some of the participants in the hunter safety course hunting turkeys. Some have done well; others learned a lot.
I finally had some wild asparagus last week, the first ones I’ve cut this year. Also, pretty dandelions filled the excursion. There were also pheasant mushrooms growing on dead elm trees, but no morels yet. They should show up soon, as we had a lot of humidity.
A few small sauger were caught well below Ottawa on the Illinois River. This is the first time in many weeks as the waters in the rivers have been high and heavily stained. I haven’t heard anything about local tournaments other than the bass tournaments held near Morris. My eldest son won the last one a week ago.
Lac La Salle produces a lot of channel catfish and blue catfish. Not much bluegill though. Most fish are caught on the warm side. Look for water temperatures in the mid 60s.
The farm ponds come back with some respectable catches of bluegill and largemouth bass. Some ponds are populated with catfish, and they catch night owls. Bass and bluegill strike waxworms and minnows.
I hope everyone had a happy Easter.
• Fred Krause is a correspondent for Shaw Media.