Illinois Hunting News

DNR to Auction Confiscated and Abandoned Property
From boats to fishing rods, bargains will abound, as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will auction its inventory of confiscated and abandoned property on Saturday, June 25, 2005, at the Jack Perschbacher Service Center, in Pawnee, Illinois. Confiscated and abandoned property auctions are conducted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources approximately every five years.
Turkey Hunting Season to Open in Coming Days
As turkey hunters take to the timber in the coming days, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is issuing a reminder to put safety first. Some Illinois State Parks where a high concentration of turkey hunters are anticipated will be closed to mushroom hunting until 1 p.m. daily. IDNR estimates approximately 50,000 people will turkey hunt during the next six weeks.
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.
Firearm Deer Season Turns in Record Harvest
Hunters in Illinois harvested a record-setting preliminary total of 114,113 deer during the 2004 firearm deer season, Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold announced today. The preliminary harvest total compares with the previous record harvest total of 103,961 deer taken during the firearm season last year.
Muzzleloader Deer Season December 10-12
Deer hunters across Illinois have another opportunity to harvest a deer as the state’s muzzleloader season is set for Dec. 10-12. Hunters are reminded that only muzzleloader permits are valid for this upcoming season, and only legal muzzleloaders may be used. Unfilled firearm season permits are not valid for the muzzleloader season.
Hunters Harvest 72,137 Deer During Opening Weekend
Illinois hunters harvested a preliminary total of 72,137 deer during the opening weekend of the firearm deer season, Nov. 19-21, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold announced. The second portion of the season is this weekend, Dec. 2-5.
Firearm Deer Season Opens November 19th
“Interest in deer hunting in Illinois appears to be at an all-time high and we appreciate the support of hunters participating in our deer seasons,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold. “Hunters play a crucial role in our deer management program and we wish them a safe and successful season.”
Governor Signs Hunting Heritage Protection Act
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed the Illinois Hunting Heritage Protection Act (Senate Bill 2156), which provides that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources support, promote and enhance recreational hunting on lands it manages, and work to maintain and enhance the amount of land acreage available for hunting opportunities in Illinois.
Non-Residents Can Apply for Archery Permits July 10th
Hunters who are not residents of Illinois can begin applying for archery deer hunting permits beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold announced yesterday.
Record Harvest for 2004 Spring Turkey Season
Hunters in Illinois wrapped up another successful spring wild turkey hunting season last week with a record-setting harvest, taking a preliminary statewide total 15,066 turkeys, compared with a statewide harvest of 14,627 birds during the 2003 spring season.