Illinois Hunting News

Rend Lake Shooting Classic
It's time to register for the fourth annual Rend Lake Shooting Classic, a shooting competition for people with disabilities, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Rend Lake Shooting Complex, Whittington. "The shooting classic offers outdoor enthusiasts an excellent opportunity to participate in an unparalleled shooting sports event while enjoying the outstanding facilities at the Rend Lake complex," said Department of Natural Resources Director Brent Manning.
Non-Resident Archery Deer Permits Still Available
Fewer than 300 non-resident archery deer permits remain available for the 2002-2003 archery deer season. Permits are available by telephone, toll-free at 1-888-673-7648. A total of 12,843 were available beginning July 13. Non-resident archery permits are not available at hunting license vendors.
Deer Hunting Permits
Important notice for Illinois deer hunters. A non-resident archery deer permit fee of $226, plus a processing fee, will be in effect beginning in the fall of 2002. This permit includes an either-sex and an antlerless-only permit. Non-resident firearm permits are $200. Non-resident deer hunters must also purchase a non- resident hunting license in addition to their permit and habitat stamp. Non-resident hunters may purchase either the annual license ($50.75) or the five-day license ($28.75) depending on the amount of time they will be hunting.
Deer Hunting Rules Announced
The Department of Natural Resources is withdrawing its proposal to limit hunters to a total of four deer for all hunting seasons, IDNR Director Brent Manning announced today. Hunters still will be limited to no more than two antlered deer across all deer hunting season, a rule that has been in place since 1998.
Working to Prevent CWD
The Departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources are working together to develop a plan to help prevent chronic wasting disease from coming to Illinois. A task force, comprised of key staff from both agencies, is developing the plan which will address surveillance of wild deer and captive herds, import and export of deer and elk and a planned response to a potential chronic wasting disease outbreak in Illinois.
First Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet
The first-ever Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet offers something for everyone, regardless of your outdoor interest. The event is scheduled for Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Drury Lane in OakBrook Terrace and will honor the first class of inductees to the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame. Individual tickets are $100.
Sportsmen Against Hunger Crusade
Department of Natural Resources Director Brent Manning announced today that the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger Program will begin the One Million Meals Crusade.
Firearm Deer Harvest 2001 Season Totals
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 99,167 deer during the 2001 firearm deer season. The preliminary figure compares with a harvest total of 101,533 deer taken during the 2000 firearm season.
Decision Upholds Hunting Program at Lake Shelbyville
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Brent Manning today hailed the decision of a federal judge upholding hunting and trapping programs managed by the Department at Wolf Creek State Park and Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area at Lake Shelbyville in central Illinois.
Support for Sportsmen Against Hunger Requested
Hunters this fall and winter can assist Illinois food pantries and help feed the needy by donating all or part of their deer harvest to the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger program.