Entries by Sam Van Camp

June’s Outdoor Column

  The month of June is always a transitional month for the fisherman. The fish have, for the most part, already dropped their eggs, the water is beginning to warm up and the muddy waters of spring are beginning to clear. Mosquitoes become a problem while fishing as well as gnats and ticks and these […]

May’s Outdoor Column

  When May arrives each year thoughts turn to warm weather and with the warm weather comes fishing and boating and the big Memorial Day Weekend at the end of the month. My thoughts always turn to nighttime fishing and big bass about this time of the year. I have taken some big bass in […]

April’s Outdoor Column

April Showers and warm weather bring up the mushrooms and this sends many people into the woods to hunt for them. Most everyone agrees that they are fun to hunt and great to eat but what is really known about this group of fungi? Mushrooms grow from a mass of tiny threads called mycelium. These […]

March’s Outdoor Column

March brings about the thoughts of big bass and wild turkeys so let me mention a few things about each. Once the ice leaves and the water begins to warm big bass begin to prowl in the waters of Illinois and Indiana and the chance to take the biggest bass of the season is at […]

February’s Outdoor Column

When the month of February comes around it brings about a transition period between hunting and fishing and, with the warm weather we have had this winter, many of the local ponds and lakes are free of ice and fishing will begin early this year. Hunters have that one last season ahead as the wild […]

January’s Outdoor Column

The new year brings new opportunities for outdoorsmen and women throughout the area as new Christmas gifts are ready to be used and thoughts of warm spring weather loom in the minds of most people that love the outdoors. I use my winter time to organize and clean my fishing equipment so that the first […]

December’s Outdoor Column

December marks the beginning of winter for most of us even though we have a few weeks to go before winter officially begins. This also begins the cold period of the year and it won’t be long and here comes Christmas. If you have an outdoors person in your family and you are considering getting […]

November’s Outdoor Column

It is November and it is time to think about the big deer hunt coming up on us very quickly. I get a weekly update of the archery deer harvest in Illinois and, with this warm weather I have to wonder how it will affect this year’s rut. I’ve been following these weekly results for […]

October’s Outdoor Column

Each fall archery hunters head for their favorite spots trying to harvest their big buck for the season.  The problem is, big bucks arean’t very cooperative early in the fall and many hunters find themselves frustrated early in the season. I’ve watched the deer hunt for many a year now and big bucks have always […]