Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Believe it or not, corn has a lot to do with good hunting ]]> Lead story image

A conservation police officer checking hunters Saturday in Grundy County said: ‘‘I saw an eight-point buck chasing two does around a cornfield, and they did not want anything to do with him. The pre-rut is in, and deer are starting to move.’’ Corn has a lot to do with one of the great weeks for Illinois hunting. What John Deere equipment is doing in the Illinois fields means a lot for what John Doe is doing bowhunting for deer or hunting for waterfowl or upland game. The rut for deer in Illinois peaks the second week of November. The peak … ]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:42:48 -0600 <![CDATA[ 11/05: Midwest Fishing Report, Fish of the Week, Show and Go ]]> Lead story image

MIDWEST FISHING REPORT AREA LAKES: Crappie fishing should keep improving through ice-up. Steve Palmisano, Henry’s: Better public spots include Saganashkee Slough, Tampier, Monee Reservoir and Rock Run. Ken ‘‘Husker’’’ O’Malley: Lipless crankbaits worked slowly on weed tops taking nice largemouth. AREA RIVERS: FOX: Pete Lamar: Decent smallmouth fishing on streamers, with bonus fair-hooked carp. A few suckers around. ILLINOIS: Time on the Water Outdoors: Sauger are best from Hennepin to Senachwine. White bass are hit-and-miss (might spike with cooldown). KANKAKEE: Norm Minas: Big, slow crankbaits best for smallmouth. Minnow baits taking walleye in low light (see Fish of the Week). … ]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:43:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Prosser students enhance education by taking it outdoors ]]> Lead story image

Seniors Jocelyn Carrera and Pedro Ramos wore tool belts with a power drill, drill bits, I-bolts, a wooden pencil and a hammer. As Carrera noted, ‘‘Yeah, I look cool in it.’’ There was a lot of coolness when the Prosser Wood Duck Ecology Club set off on a multidisciplinary outing Thursday centered around installing more wood-duck boxes around River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook. ‘‘Fun to see everything,’’ Ramos said. ‘‘I like the woods and to be outside.’’ As the various groups split off, kids began picking up and throwing fallen leaves with joy. The project is one of the … ]]> Sun, 02 Nov 2014 02:34:58 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chicago Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo fails doping test ]]> Lead story image

Five of the last six women’s championships are tainted in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. On Friday, the Associated Press reported that Rita ­Jeptoo, 33, the Kenyan who repeated as the Chicago Marathon champion on Oct. 12, had a positive test for a banned substance, according to her agent, Federico Rosa. The AP reported that Rosa said Jeptoo “tested positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition test in Kenya weeks before’’ repeating at the Chicago Marathon. This year Jeptoo dominated in Chicago, separating from the field in the 23rd mile and winning in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 35 … ]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:27:12 -0600 <![CDATA[ Rugby giving it a try Saturday at Soldier Field ]]> Lead story image

The match between the reigning world champion New Zealand All Blacks and USA Eagles on Saturday at Soldier Field will provide great optics for the sport of rugby. In front of 61,500 loud spectators from all over of the world, the All Blacks will perform the Haka before playing in an unprecedented event at one of America’s most famous stadiums. But it’s only one day, and by itself the game won’t turn rugby from niche to mainstream sport in the United States. If anything, Saturday has to be a springboard. “That’s up to USA Rugby and the sponsors and whoever’s … ]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:25:39 -0600 <![CDATA[ All Blacks’ No. 1 priority in rugby match is to put on good show ]]> Lead story image

The New Zealand All Blacks team that will play Saturday at Soldier Field will feature far from its strongest lineup. Perhaps with an eye toward upcoming matches against rivals England, Scotland and Wales, the All Blacks will be without captain Richie McCaw and will field a team with maybe four of 15 usual starters. Still, the All Blacks are fully aware of the importance of the match against the USA Eagles. The game doesn’t figure to challenge them much, but it’s a pivotal moment for rugby if it hopes to break into the U.S. sports scene. ‘‘A major part of … ]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:17:40 -0600 <![CDATA[ New Zealand All Blacks are to rugby what U.S. is to basketball ]]> Lead story image

Just how big an underdog are the USA Eagles against the New Zealand All Blacks in the rugby match Saturday at Soldier Field? It would be like the teams squaring off in basketball, only in reverse. The All Blacks are the top-ranked rugby team in the world, and the Eagles are 18th. The United States is No. 1 in the FIBA rankings, and New Zealand is 21st. ‘‘It would be something like that, although we went all right this year when we played you guys at the World Cup,’’ All Blacks midfielder Conrad Smith said, referring to New Zealand’s 98-71 … ]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 09:31:53 -0600 <![CDATA[ Rugby match at Soldier Field rare chance to see world-famous All Blacks ]]> Lead story image

The Chicago sports calendar is pretty packed this week. Even though the Bears are on a bye, they won’t leave the fans’ collective consciousness. The Blackhawks and Bulls are at the start of highly anticipated seasons, and college football is getting close to the business end of its year. Why, then, should non-rugby people take time to watch the match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the USA Eagles on Saturday at Soldier Field? The All Blacks are famous in rugby countries, but they’re not exactly household names here. ‘‘The American people love their sport, and [rugby] is a … ]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 10:02:59 -0600 <![CDATA[ Drumming up some big fish ]]> Lead story image

The drumbeat keeps going. Ryan Whitacre caught another big freshwater drum from southern Lake Michigan in a year notable for big ‘‘sheephead,’’ as they commonly are called by Chicago fishermen. Whitacre was shore-fishing for smallmouth bass at Monroe Harbor with one of his Tightrope jigs, a Baby Firework Super Jig in green pumpkin with a craw trailer. ‘‘Honestly, I throw it 90 percent of the time I am fishing smallies down there and everywhere,’’ Whitacre said. Though he’s an accomplished tournament fisherman, Whitacre is interesting for more than fishing. He’s a drummer, a skateboarder and part of Cast Crew, the … ]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 10:02:36 -0600 <![CDATA[ 10/29: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week ]]> Lead story image

MIDWEST FISHING REPORT AREA LAKES: Colder weather should kick in crappie. Otherwise, it’s the third weekend of trout. Nearby sites include Axehead, Busse North Pool, Belleau, Green, Horsetail and Wolf (Cook County); Grove, Pickerel and Silver (DuPage); Bird Park Quarry (Kankakee); Big Lake at Silver Springs State Park (Kendall); Banana and Sand at Illinois Beach State Park (Lake); Spring Grove Hatchery Pond (McHenry); and Lake Strini and Van Horn Woods (Will). AREA RIVERS: DES PLAINES: Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: Dirty on lower end. Smaller bass along riprap and points. FOX: Johnny ‘‘Sunshine’’ Pajak: Evening bite turned on … ]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 10:02:47 -0600 <![CDATA[ Jacob Hofer, 20, develops cottage industry using family ties, hunting background ]]> Lead story image

A lot of us pissed away our college years. Jacob Hofer gives it a whole other ­meaning. “Last year I was in the dorm and didn’t get to deer hunt as often as I like,’’ said Hofer, a sophomore at Ashford University who just turned 20. An idea was born for Common Scents Deer Urine. It’s not as odd as it seems. His family has raised deer near Downstate Henry since he was a baby. Hofer started the company in collaboration with his dad, Gary. Hunters use the urine to attract deer, especially around the rut. What separates their deer … ]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:03:49 -0600 <![CDATA[ Geese is the word on opening day ]]> Lead story image

I sliced goose hearts thin, quartered mushrooms and chopped onion fine. Fried in butter, it made a wonderful sauce to ladle over noodles. Hunting is born and dies in the flesh, the physical. Waterfowl seasons began Saturday in Illinois’ north zone. Ducks were so-so, as usual early; but goose hunting was good, as befits northeast Illinois, the mecca of modern goose hunting. As has been custom, I began with Jeff Norris of Fox Valley Guide Service. There’s comfort in camouflaged men waiting for Harner’s Bakery and Restaurant in North Aurora to open at 5:30 a.m., then the men scarfing down … ]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:46:25 -0600 <![CDATA[ 10/22: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week ]]> Lead story image

TROUT: Wax worms, small minnows, spinners, trout baits all worked on opening weekend. Daily bag is five; 16 and older need a license and inland trout stamp. Nearby sites include Axehead, Busse North Pool, Belleau, Green, Horsetail and Wolf (Cook County); Grove, Pickerel and Silver (DuPage); Bird Park Quarry (Kankakee); Big Lake at Silver Springs SP (Kendall); Banana and Sand at Illinois Beach SP (Lake); Spring Grove Hatchery Pond (McHenry); Lake Strini and Van Horn Woods (Will). AREA RIVERS: DES PLAINES: Marcus Benesch: Bass going around Romeoville; pike good in northern areas on large minnow lures. FOX: Ken Gortowski: Focus … ]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:46:27 -0600 <![CDATA[ An inside look at a Fishing Advisory Committee meeting ]]> Lead story image

Morning light streamed off Lake Michigan from the east and into the community room at 31st Street Harbor. At 10 a.m., Tom Gray called the Mayor Rahm Emanuel Fishing Advisory Committee to order. The veteran of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events guides the sometimes-raucous meetings with wit and a firm hand. By the end of the meeting, 16 people packed the square of tables. Thursday was typical. Talk ranged from fishing-program updates to salmon to parking to pier passes. The committee, which has had different names, formed in the mid-1990s because then-Mayor Richard M. Daley needed to respond to … ]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:23:44 -0600 <![CDATA[ Attention, hunters: Waterfowl seasons open Saturday ]]> Lead story image

There’s no mystery that a pile of Canada geese are in and around Will County, especially that area loosely called Plainfield, which includes several southwest suburbs. That’s good news with Illinois’ waterfowl seasons opening Saturday in the north zone. And the youth hunt in the central zone will be held this weekend. Several nearby public sites, including Braidwood/Mazonia State Fish and Wildlife Area, Kankakee River State Park and Momence Wetlands, are open for the youth hunt. District wildlife biologist Bob Massey said the recent rains made the major rivers fast, which concentrated geese even more on slack waters of the … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:56:52 -0600 <![CDATA[ 10/15: Midwest Fishing Report, Buck of the Week & Fish of the Week ]]> Lead story image

MIDWEST FISHING REPORT TROUT: Illinois’ fall inland season opens Saturday. The daily bag is five. Those 16 and older need a license and inland-trout stamp. Nearby sites are Axehead, Busse North Pool, Belleau, Green, Horsetail and Wolf (Cook County); Grove, Pickerel and Silver (DuPage); Bird Park Quarry (Kankakee); Big Lake at Silver Springs State Park (Kendall); Banana and Sand at Illinois Beach State Park (Lake); Spring Grove Hatchery Pond (McHenry); and Lake Strini and Van Horn Woods (Will). AREA RIVERS: FOX: Ken Gortowski: Air/water conditions perfect. Smallmouth holding in classic fall spots: lifts and slack side of eddies. Rains might … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:56:52 -0600 <![CDATA[ Illegal ginseng harvesters are seeing green ]]> Lead story image

Ginseng is hot. And I mean more than the magical tea. With the dried root pushing $1,000 a pound, you can understand the spike in arrests in northern Illinois for illegal harvest. It’s the money. It’s also the medicinal value. Or that perception. White ginseng is not threatened or endangered in Illinois. Tom Lerczak, natural areas preservation specialist with the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, said if it occurs at a site, ‘‘we generally do not mention that.’’ That’s to avoid the possibility of nefarious digging around on nature preserves because of the perception that ginseng has ‘‘legendary properties for health … ]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:13:45 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chicago Marathon: World records unlikely to fall Sunday ]]> Lead story image

Thirty years ago, Steve Jones set the first of four world records established in the Chicago Marathon. Don’t expect the fifth Sunday in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, but a course record might be within reach. Henry Kozlowski, one of the Gang of Eight who ran the first 36 Chicago Marathons, offered this perspective on the chance of a course record: ‘‘As long as it is 45 to 50 degrees and as long as it is not raining or wet.’’ With a couple of days to go, it looks good. The forecast calls for almost exactly those conditions for … ]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:49:33 -0600