Deer Season Winding Down
Deer season 2004 will come to a close across Illinois this weekend, with the first ever Late Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season. A total of 43 counties across the state will participate in this deer hunt, aimed at helping manage the deer herd in areas where deer populations are higher. The season is set for January 14-16, with hunting hours from one half hour before sunrise to sunset.
“The Late Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season allows hunters in certain counties to harvest an antlerless deer using shotguns, muzzleloaders and handguns,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold. “This increased opportunity for hunters will help maintain the balance of an already strong deer herd throughout Illinois.”
Resident landowners with unfilled “Property-only Hunting” landowner/tenant permits for the firearm season may use those permits to take antlerless deer on their property during the Late Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season if the property is located in one of the 43 counties open for the late winter season. All other unfilled firearm and muzzleloader season permits will not be valid.
Hunters are reminded that blaze orange requirements are in affect for this last season in Illinois. In addition, archery hunters are reminded that archery season closes one half hour after sunset on Thursday, January 13, 2005.
Deer harvested during the Late Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season are to be checked in within 48 hours to the archery deer check stations in their respective counties. For a listing of counties participating in the Late Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer Season and the check stations, check the IDNR Web Site at http://dnr.state.il.us.