Dale Bowman Outdoors Columnist
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Dale Bowman is a Chicago Sun-Times outdoors columnist.

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555 Articles
3 months ago
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As dove season approaches, here’s a look at conditions at select Illinois public sites

With the dove-hunting season opening Thursday, Sept. 1, here’s a couple reminders and the annual look at conditions a...

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3 months ago
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Enabled to catch his first “true trophy” muskie after 55 years of trying

Ron Thomas, living with Parkinson’s disease, makes the most of his time on the water. That was especially true last w...

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3 months ago
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Chicago outdoors: Suburban bucks, Jack O’Lantern mushrooms, black crickets & Illinois doves/pigeons

A bunch of bucks at a suburban forest preserve, Jack O’Lantern mushrooms in Will County, black crickets around Chicag...

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3 months ago
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New ownership brings continuity to C.J. Smith Resort, the oldest family bait shop around Chicago

The bait shop was sold Aug. 12. The new ownership brings plans for a few tweaks.

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3 months ago
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Sizing up the coho this year on southern Lake Michigan and considering some history

Coho salmon in southern Lake Michigan appear to be noticeably large this year. That includes one caught across the Wi...

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3 months ago
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Chicago fishing, Midwest Report: Smallmouth, shoreline salmon/trout, drum, bluegill, catfish, coho

Fishing for active smallmouth and the spurts of shoreline salmon and trout around Chicago lead this sprawling raw-fil...

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3 months ago
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A canoe, a line-testing big fish, family and rain in a Fish of the Week that nearly has it all

Riley Benesch, 4, caught a line-testing smallmouth bass on a family outing that combines just about all the elements ...

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3 months ago
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Chicago outdoors: Fox River green heron, decoy windfall, steel dove shot question, fall king promise

A question on steel shot for dove season is answered, a photograph of a Fox River green heron, a decoy sale windfall,...

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4 months ago
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Fish genomes, Ecuador to DePaul University, via a collaboration of a biologist & computer scientist

DePaul professors Windsor Aguirre and Thiru Ramaraj are collaborating on fish genomes.

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4 months ago
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Wolf Lake buffalo, lakefront sturgeon, Chicago’s white squirrels, lack of steel shot & Stray Cast

Some history to buffalo in Wolf Lake combined with some family history in today’s column; plus notes on a lakefront s...

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4 months ago
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Chicago fishing/Midwest Report: Shoreline salmon/trout, Chicago River ode, lakefront sturgeon, pinks

Hints come of an early start to shoreline fishing for returning Chinook and leads this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fis...

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4 months ago
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A 6-pound largemouth bass earns an incoming freshman a back-to-school Fish of the Week

Incoming freshman Cameron Prokop earns FOTW for a 6-pound largemouth bass caught during a high school tournament.

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