Doug Goodman: CWD tests offered for archery hunt

Doug Goodman

Archery hunters in northern Illinois can have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease this season through the state Department of Natural Resources.

Hunters can drop off the deer heads with the three neck vertebrae attached and without antlers at these locations: Smokehouse Processing, 5735 S. Ninth St., Rockford; Rock Cut State Park, 7318 Harlem Road, Loves Park; or Boone County Conservation District’s maintenance building, 655 N. Appleton Road, Belvidere.

CWD tissue samples will be extracted at these locations: Pinnons Meats, 2324 N. Court St., Rockford; Eickman’s Processing, Seward; or Authentic Taxidermy, 1849 Yates Ave, Beloit, Wis.

Test results will be posted on the DNR Web site.

Help sought for fish shocking

The Department of Natural Resources is looking for some help with its study of the fish in the Pecatonica River watershed.

The DNR staff will shock sections of the river to collect data for its five-year survey Tuesday through Thursday.

Volunteers are needed for one day or one shift both on land or in the water.

Volunteers are asked to bring their own waders.

For information, call the DNR Sterling office at 815-625-2968.

Rock Cut cleanup this morning

The annual Rock Cut State Park cleanup is 9 a.m. to noon today.

Paddle and Trail of Loves Park, in conjunction with the Rock Cut staff, organized the event.

The cleanup focuses on Pierce Lake’s shore.

Catfish bait lands 3 in jail

Three Ohio men recently got netted in a police sting on a "fishy" charge.

They were arrested for trying to sell catfish bait mixed with vinegar to undercover cops, claiming the substance was heroin.

The officers confiscated the bait.

Sportsmen try to halt hunt

The Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania is suing to try to stop the antlerless deer hunt on state lands.

The group says the Game Commission doesn’t have adequate data to justify the number of antlerless permits issued.

The group believes the deer population is dwindling under the current system, according to The Associated Press.

Fishing music CD giveaway

The Thursday Night Fishing Club has released a new CD of fishing-related songs with an Americana feel.

You can learn more about the CD, which costs $9.95, at fishingband.com.

The fifth reader to email me at dgoodman@rrstar.com wins my copy.

Great plates

In my quest for interesting outdoors-related license plates, I spotted this one on an Illinois truck this week in Loves Park: 3 HIKER.

If you see or have an interesting outdoors-related license plate, contact me at the email address or phone number below.

Doug Goodman’s Quick Shots on outdoors appears every Saturday. Call him at 987-1386; write him at 99 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61104 or e-mail him at dgoodman@rrstar.com.