Illinois Hunting News

Non-Resident Archery Deer Hunting Permit Drawing
Sangchris Lake State Park and Siloam Springs State Park will have a limited number of archery deer hunting permits for non-residents who want to hunt this fall. Drawings for those permits will be held on May 19.
More Opportunities Planned for 2004 Deer Season
The 2004 deer hunting seasons in Illinois will feature more opportunity and convenience for hunters, including allowing hunters to apply for both firearm and muzzleloader season permits during lottery drawing periods; opening a portion of Kane County to firearm hunting; easing archery hunting restrictions in five east-central Illinois counties; allowing shotguns and muzzleloading rifles during the handgun season; and increasing the number of archery permits available to out-of-state residents.
Hunter Ed Required at Camp Atterbury
Beginning with the spring turkey season this year, hunter education certification will be required for all hunters using Camp Atterbury Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana.
DNR and NWTF Host Outdoor Events for Women
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the National Wild Turkey Federation are teaming up to promote more outdoor recreation opportunities and events for women in Illinois.
Sampling Finds Additional CWD Cases
Nine additional cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) have been detected in northern Illinois – including one in DeKalb County – as a result of testing conducted on samples collected from hunter-harvested deer during the first firearm season this fall, Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold announced today.
Firearm Deer Season Harvest Record
Hunters in Illinois harvested a record 103,961 deer during the 2003 firearm deer season, Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold announced today. That preliminary harvest total for 2003 compares with a harvest total of 102,823 deer taken during the 2002 firearm season, and eclipses the record harvest set in 1995.
Sportsmen Against Hunger in need of Financial Contributions
With the firearm deer season opening this week, the popular Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger program is in need of additional financial support to assist in meeting the processing costs of donated venison for distribution to food banks and food pantries throughout the state.
Police to Open Firing Ranges on November 15th
The Illinois State Police will open its firing ranges on Saturday, November 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to the public for the purpose of sighting in shotguns and handguns, which are being allowed during the regular firearm deer season for the first time this year. In a related note, there has been a change in the allowable ammunition which can be used by individuals using handguns during the regular firearm deer season. Bottleneck cartridges will be allowed.
Sahara Woods Property Open for Archery Deer Hunting
Sahara Woods State Fish and Wildlife Area, a 4,000 acre site in Southern Illinois, will be open to archery deer hunting via permit beginning Oct. 10, Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold announced today.
CWD Sampling Planned in Nine Counties
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will collect and test tissue samples from deer harvested by archery hunters in nine northern Illinois counties Oct. 1-Nov. 19 as part of the state’s continued surveillance program to detect chronic wasting disease in the Illinois deer herd.