Entries by Sam Van Camp

May’s Outdoor Column

Wow has this spring been tough, to say the least!  The drought has set the mushrooms back in east central Illinois and the lack of rain and the strong winds have played havoc with this year’s crop. Not only has this wild, crazy spring been a detriment to mushroom hunters but it also was not […]

March Outdoor Column

Did you know; That the wild turkey population, nation-wide is estimated at 7 million birds? This is up from 1.3 million birds estimated in 1973. Illinois has an estimated population of 150,000 birds while Indiana has an estimated population of 120,000 birds. These figures would just boggle a turkey hunter’s mind as these birds are […]

February’s Outdoor Column

The month of February brings on the hope for spring and warmer weather in the Midwest. As the angle of the suns becomes more direct with earth’s surface this will affect your ice fishing somewhat as the darker objects on a pond or lake will absorb more heat and radiate it out to the water.  Stay […]

JANUARY’S OUTDOOR COLUMN

January, the coldest, longest month of the year as far as I’m concerned, and it doesn’t appear it will get much better. The arctic blasts through the Midwest have been extremely bitter this time of the year and the damage to wildlife I’m sure will be apparent as time goes on. The one good thing […]

December’s Outdoor Column

The month of December brings us Christmas and sends many of us scrambling to find the right Christmas present. If you are buying for that person in your life that spends time in the outdoors, the number of possibilities for a Christmas present are tremendous. The upcoming months are going to be cold so outfitting […]

November’s Outdoor Column

When November rolls around the major hunting seasons of deer, upland game, trapping and waterfowl begin to open. The seasons differ if you live in Illinois or Indiana so hunters need to be aware of the laws that govern their hunt. Your local Big R Stores offer you most everything to outfit your hunt, whether […]

October’s Outdoor Column

October, the most beautiful month in the minds of many as leaves change their color and the entire landscape takes on a different view. Waters cool down, hunting season comes in as temperatures begin to fall. Not only do the changing colors make this a great month but the fact that crappie move up into […]

SEPTEMBER’S OUTDOOR COLUMN

 September is here and Labor Day Weekend seems to be the turning point from fishing to hunting for many outdoors men. Many will put up their fishing gear and break out their hunting gear once the holiday passes. After the Labor Day weekend, many find themselves fishing on area ponds and lakes totally alone. If […]

August’s Outdoor Column

August is upon us, which means it’s time for all the typical fall festivities. Bonfires, tailgating and of course fall hunting and fishing. Several seasons open during August, such as squirrel, Dove and small mouth bass. While the number of squirrel hunters has dropped from many years ago, the number of squirrel to hunt has […]

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 […]