Illinois Hunting News

No New CWD Cases Found
More than 4,000 samples taken during the firearm deer season have been tested for chronic wasting disease and no new cases were found, the Department of Natural Resources announced today.
Additional CWD Testing Planned
The Department of Natural Resources is undertaking additional testing of white-tailed deer in Boone, McHenry and Winnebago counties for chronic wasting disease, where seven confirmed cases of CWD have occurred.
Illinois Euthanasia Bill Threat to Sportsmen
Anti-hunters have persuaded an Illinois legislator to introduce a bill allowing a private organization to set standards for the euthanasia of wildlife. The legislation would remove or severely limit the power of the state wildlife agency to manage wildlife.
CWD Cases Stand at Seven
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been detected in three additional deer in northern Illinois, bringing to seven the number of confirmed cases of the disease in the state, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced today. CWD is not known to be contagious to livestock or humans.
Three More CWD Cases
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been detected in three more deer in northern Illinois, the Department of Natural Resources announced today, bringing to four the number of confirmed cases of the disease in Illinois. CWD is not known to be contagious to livestock or humans.
Rule Changes Regarding Chronic Wasting Disease
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is allowing hunters to bring deer and elk hunted out of state back into Illinois so long as the carcasses are brought to a licensed meat processor or licensed taxidermist within 72 hours of entry into the state.
Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Plans for Firearm Deer Season
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, will collect tissue samples from approximately 4,000 hunter-harvested deer to test for the presence of chronic wasting disease in the Illinois deer herd. The sampling will occur at firearm deer hunting check stations in 36 counties throughout the state beginning with the start of the firearm deer season Nov. 22-24.
First Chronic Wasting Disease Case
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been detected in a sample from a wild deer near Roscoe in Winnebago County, the Department of Natural Resources announced today. CWD is not known to be contagious to livestock or humans.
Youth Deer Hunt October 12-13
A special 2-day youth firearm hunting season for whitetail deer is scheduled for Oct. 12-13. Youth hunters must have a current, valid "Youth Deer Hunt Permit" issued earlier this year by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' permit office for the specific county or special hunt area they plan to hunt and must be accompanied by a non-hunting supervisor who has in his or her possession a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card. Both participants must wear the required blaze orange cap and upper garment with a minimum of 400 square inches of solid blaze orange material.
National Hunting and Fishing Days Celebration
Illinois will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Days Sept. 28-29 with events at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area near Yorkville and at John A. Logan College in Carterville.