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OUTDOORS: Staying healthy and being found

Fred Krause
Fred Krause

In northern Illinois, one doesn’t have to worry much about getting hurt or having rescue personnel find you. We don’t have large tract of timber or mountains here. Modern equipment such as ATVs and fast boats can put you deep into the woods or far out into a lake in other states.

When I used to travel to Northern Minnesota we never left camp without a compass. Large tracts of woods such as the Chippewa National Forest could get you lost very quickly. Many times an individual, fascinated with the trees and hidden lakes up there, breaks concentration. The mosquitoes are not much of a help there either. I truly believe that if one became lost up there the mosquitoes and flies could kill over a long period of time.

So how does one enjoy the outdoors and stay healthy. First, tell a family member or friend where you are going to be. Have a return time and educate yourself on basic first aid. Stay on marked trails. Even if you have a cell phone they can become wet, the batteries can fail or the reception can be bad in canyons.

I enjoy going solo on hunting and fishing trips. In fact here in Illinois it is hard to obtain permission from a landowner if one comes with a group. I usually talk to an owner during the summer months. They are not as busy during that time.

I always explain to landowners that I don’t put nails in trees and hunt off the ground. In addition, I let them know that I hunt alone. I am very careful to find out his land boundaries and where any additional homes are that I may not be able to see. Again, he knows exactly where I am hunting if an accident should occur.
 
This is still the beginning of the hunting seasons. Have a good outdoor season, and above all stay safe.

Winner winner ...

• The Sandy Ford Sportsman’s Club will be holding its annual fall chicken dinner, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the clubhouse, 1368 N. 18th Road (Leonore Blacktop), Streator. This always is a great event and good camaraderie will be had by all.

Hunting report

• The early Canada goose season concluded Sept. 15 statewide. Many hunters limited out over the first three days. After that the birds get educated and are very hard to decoy.

• The mourning dove seasons is in full swing and hunters have had good shooting near sunflower fields and gravel pits.

Fishing report

• River fishing has been only fair last week on river systems. Even with live bait, many species seemed absent. Farm ponds are still productive for pan fish and bass. I had one report that crappies are hitting at Shabbona Lake in DeKalb County.

• FRED KRAUSE, of Marseilles, can be reached by emailing sports@mywebtimes.com.

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