Illinois Hunting News

Deer Season Sampling Finds Evidence of CWD
Sixteen additional cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) have been detected in northern Illinois through sampling of hunter-harvested deer during the state’s 2005-06 deer seasons. The new cases include two deer taken by hunters in Ogle County, the first time CWD has been detected there.
Donated Deer Benefits Thousands Through Out the State
Thousands of Illinois families have benefited this holiday season from the generosity of Illinois deer hunters thanks to donations to the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger (ISAH) program. Established in 1989, Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger encourages deer hunters to donate deer they harvest this fall and winter to be processed and distributed to food banks, food pantries and charitable organizations to help feed the hungry throughout the state. Prior to the second firearms season, hunters donated approx. 30,000 pounds of venison, which provided 120,000 meals to families throughout the state.
Firearm Deer Harvest Among Best Ever
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 114,209 deer during the seven-day firearm deer hunting season Nov. 18-20 and Dec. 1-4, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold announced today. The preliminary harvest total compares with the record-setting harvest total of 116,675 deer taken during the firearm season last year.
Increased Deer Harvest During Opening Weekend
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 77,051 deer during the opening weekend of the state’s 2005 firearm deer season, Nov. 18-20, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold announced today. The second portion of the firearm season is Dec. 1-4.
Sportsmen Against Hunger Program
Thousands of Illinois families will benefit from the generosity of Illinois deer hunters thanks to donations to the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger (ISAH) program. Established in 1989, Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger encourages deer hunters to donate deer they harvest this fall and winter to be processed and distributed to food banks, food pantries and charitable organizations to help feed the hungry throughout the state.
Hunters Urged to Keep Safety in Mind
The IDNR Safety Education office reports there were 33 hunting related accidents in Illinois in 2004. None of the accidents resulted in death. The discharge of a firearm was involved in 15 of the accidents. In 15 of the other 18 accidents reported last year, hunters were injured by either falling out of a tree stand or climbing a tree to get into or out of a tree stand.
IDNR Recommends Dates for Waterfowl Season
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, based on scientific evidence gathered from aerial duck surveys, climate, and hunter survey data, has established the range of dates to be considered for the 2005-2006 waterfowl season. These dates will be forward for consideration by the Natural Resources Advisory Board, which will give the director their recommendations after their upcoming public meeting.
IDNR Announces Free Opportunity to Learn Shooting Sports
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is inviting women and young people to attend an event where they can learn recreational shooting with some of the top experts in the nation. A series of Wing Shooting Clinics will be held around the state.
DNR Announces Non-Resident Archery Deer Permit Lottery
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for 2005 non-resident archery deer hunting permits. The permits will be issued through a computerized random lottery drawing this summer involving those hunters who apply by phone or through the Department web site through July 31.
IDNR Reports Successful Spring Turkey Season
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 14,968 wild turkeys during the spring turkey season that concluded last week. The preliminary total fell just short of last year’s record-setting statewide harvest of 15,066 birds.