Illinois Whitetail Alliance launches, releases goals and ideas

Ralph LoosLong-rumored and now a reality, the Illinois Whitetail Alliance offered the public a straight-forward accounting of what it is and what it hopes to do in an outline released to the media on Tuesday. The IWA, which offered similar insight to the public during the recent Illinois Deer and Turkey Classic in Springfield, aims to re-build the Illinois deer herd.

The organization was founded by a handful of experienced sportsmen who are well-known to hunters across the state. Most notable on the list is Brent Manning, a former DNR director who resides in Bureau County.

Other founders: Don Higgins, of Shelby County, has authored two books on whitetail hunting as well as hundreds of articles which have appeared in most of the major hunting magazines. As part of his business Don consults with land owners across the Midwest to improve the whitetail habitat on their properties. Kevin Chapman, of Macon County, has been actively involved in political issues involving the Illinois deer herd for nearly 20 years. Les Davenport, of Adams County, is a 51-year veteran of Illinois deer hunting. As an outdoor writer, he has been published in most whitetail and bow hunting magazines. And Lee Mitchell, of Shelby County, and has worked as a wildlife biologist/forester for 20 years.

The group's outline sets forth its goals and proposals for future deer seasons and deer management practices.

Read more about the IWA in the March 7 issue of Illinois Outdoor News.


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