Bird watchers always looking for birds of different feathers
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Bird watchers always looking for birds of different feathers

CLAYTON, Ill. -- Karen Jansen slowly backed her SUV out of the driveway while going through a checklist in her head. Binoculars? Check. Camera? Check. Bug spray? Check. Notebook and pen? Check. Bird book? Oh. no. Luckily, she had driven only a couple...

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Fishing for Freedom still needs 30 volunteer boaters
Quincy News

Fishing for Freedom still needs 30 volunteer boaters

Fishing for Freedom organizers are still in need of volunteer boaters to assist with the three-day event in June.

Beginning anew: Spring offers chance to watch circle of life come alive
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Beginning anew: Spring offers chance to watch circle of life come alive

LIBERTY, Ill. -- Chris Murphy isn't certain what made him abruptly hit the brakes on his tractor and raise the mowing deck as he rolled toward a patch of grass already laying down. "Instincts I guess," he said. "When you see something like that...

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Missouri edges Illinois for better grade as turkey destination

QUINCY -- A difference in the wild turkey population was a factor in Illinois and Missouri getting different grades from Realtree's Turkey Hunting Nation. Illinois' smaller population and underabundance of permits for non-residents led ...

Trout season set to open in Illinois
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Trout season set to open in Illinois

CLAYTON, Ill. -- Tim Scott didn't stay in one place long. He wanted to gauge what kind of success he might have catching trout at Siloam Springs State Park, so he took advantage of mild conditions last Saturday to cast his line from as many different...

Stocking up: Anglers make sure they have essentials in their tackle box
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Stocking up: Anglers make sure they have essentials in their tackle box

QUINCY The dust covered the tackle box, but it wasn't so thick Mike Smith couldn't blow it away. So before lifting the box off the shelf in his basement, he took a deep breath and did his best to clear the dust with one blast of hot air. "I still need...

Volunteers sought for tree-sinking operation at Mark Twain Lake
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Volunteers sought for tree-sinking operation at Mark Twain Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking volunteers Saturday to help place recycled Christmas trees at the bottom of Mark Twain Lake to enhance fishing conditions.

Winter walk opens eyes to new surprises
Outdoors

Winter walk opens eyes to new surprises

Freddie Meyersmith considers himself a fairweather outdoorsman. "If the weather is fair, I'll be out there," he said with a chuckle. Ordinarily, that means he avoids doing anything on his grandfather's Ralls County property until March at the earliest.

Fishing for Freedom already hits goal of 200 entries for June event
Quincy News

Fishing for Freedom already hits goal of 200 entries for June event

All 200 spots for this year's Fishing for Freedom event June 2 to 4 have already been filled. Fishing for Freedom treats both U.S. veterans and active-duty military personnel to a weekend of catfish-crappie-bass competition.

Equestrian ranks in top 20 in less than two years
Illinois News

Equestrian ranks in top 20 in less than two years

LIBERTY, Ill. -- In less than two years, Heather Schoenekase, 20, of Payson has gone from never having competed in a horse show to being ranked 17 in the nation in her class. Early in 2015, Schoenekase, a self-proclaimed "hack-around" -- one who rides only