Illinois Hunting News

Dead Trophy Bucks May Soon Father Fawns with Does Hundreds of Miles Away

An absolute monster of a buck harvested in Illinois successfully impregnated six does in Louisiana after his death. That sounds impossible, but with the help of a determined hunter and the brains and technology of a researcher at Louisiana State University, it’s very possible.

Illinois Youth Wild Turkey Season Harvest is a New Record

Young hunters in the Illinois youth wild turkey season harvested a preliminary record of 1,300 birds, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today.  The 2012 season dates were March 31 and April 1 for the south zone and April 7-8 for the north zone. The record harvest surpasses the previous record for the youth turkey harvest of 748 set in 2011.  This year, 4,100 youth turkey permits were issued, including 137 for special hunt areas, compared to 3,718 last year with 131 for special hunt areas. 

Illinois DNR Conservation Police Arrest DeWitt County Man on Animal Torture, Wildlife Offenses
Charges stem from 2010 case involving running over deer with ATV near Clinton Lake 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police today announced criminal charges are being sought against a Clinton, Illinois man alleged to have participated in February 2010 incidents in which seven deer were run over with an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) near Clinton Lake. 

Illinois DNR/ USFWS Clarify Status of Gray Wolves in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) remind the public that the Service’s recent action removing federal Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves in portions of the Midwest has changed the status of wolves in Illinois north of Interstate 80.  While wolves dispersing from northern states into Illinois are rare, any gray wolves in Illinois found north of I-80 are listed as threatened under state law, while those south of the interstate remain federally endangered.  The change becomes effective January 27, 2012.

Illinois Deer Harvest Totals 181,411 During 2011-12 Seasons

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 181,411 deer during all 2011-12 seasons.  Illinois deer seasons closed last weekend as hunters concluded the Archery Deer Season and the last segments of the Late-Winter and Special Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) deer hunting seasons on Jan. 15.

Illinois DNR Salutes Rockford Teen Angler for Catch of New State-Record Walleye

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Division of Fisheries salutes 15 year old Nick Tassoni of Rockford for catching a new state-record walleye.  The fish was caught on Jan. 7, 2012 on the Pecatonica River between Rockton and Harrison in Winnebago County.  Nick Tassoni caught the fish while fishing the river with his father, David Tassoni.

Illinois Firearm Deer Season Closes with Preliminary Harvest of 97,760
Deer Hunting Continues with Archery, Muzzleloader, Late-Winter/CWD Seasons 

Firearm deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 97,760 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season on Nov. 18-20 and Dec. 1-4, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today.  This year’s preliminary firearm season harvest total compares with the 98,944 deer taken during the 2010 firearm season. 

Sign-up To Begin for Illinois Youth Turkey Hunters

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is announcing expanded hunting opportunities for youth turkey hunters next spring thanks to the Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP). The program launched last month by IDNR allows the department to use federal funds to lease property from private landowners in Illinois to make available additional hunting and public access areas.

Hunters Take Preliminary Total of 66,501 Deer During First Weekend of Illinois Firearm Deer Season
Seven-day hunt concludes Dec. 1-4

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 66,501 deer during the opening weekend of the 2011 Illinois Firearm Deer season on Nov. 18-20, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today.  The seven-day firearm season will conclude on Dec. 1-4.

Hunters Heading to Field for Illinois Firearm Deer Season

Illinois’ most popular hunting season begins this Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20 as hunters head to the field for the opening weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season.  The seven-day firearm hunt will conclude on December 1-4.

“Firearm deer season in Illinois is an anxiously awaited time of year for thousands of hunters,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller. “We encourage hunters to enjoy their outdoor heritage and time afield, but to always make ethics and safety top priorities, for the good of the sport.”