Illinois - Keri Butt

Title Issue
At least one Illinois hunter suspects DNR is crying wolf?

At least one Illinois hunter suspects DNR is crying wolf?

Upon learning that a wolf survey, courtesy of Illinois Natural History Survey and DNR was being circulated, I thought, "great, just what we all need...

January 2016
Time for restraint in the Illinois deer woods

Time for restraint in the Illinois deer woods

Hopefully you’re out hunting right now instead of sitting in your Lazy Boy reading this, but if indeed you are kicked back, I’ll assume that it’s after legal hunting hours for today are long over.

October 2015
CPO layoffs coming just as archery deer season opens

CPO layoffs coming just as archery deer season opens

Illinois has been short of CPOs for a long time, and many felt we were making positive strides by gaining 13 additional officers this summer — officers that just graduated from the training academy.

August 2015
Do yourself (and your hunting effort) a favor - get to know your local CPO

Do yourself (and your hunting effort) a favor - get to know your local CPO

I've not always been the biggest proponent of DNR. However, I've made it a point to mention that my disgust mostly lies within the political spectrum of things.

June 2015
Have your hunting license ready when you go to take deer bag limit survey

Have your hunting license ready when you go to take deer bag limit survey

If you haven't heard, DNR is asking deer hunters to take a survey on overall bag limits for archery deer hunters.

May 2015
The kind of deer study Illinois hunters would endorse

The kind of deer study Illinois hunters would endorse

For a few years now, it's seemed impossible to get a handle on just how many deer are roaming Illinois.

May 2015
A second wolf found in northern Illinois

A second wolf found in northern Illinois

According to DNR spokesman Chris Young, an Illinois Conservation Police Officer picked up a probable wolf that was hit by a vehicle along Interstate 55

April 2015
Ignorance of state’s deer tagging law is no excuse

Ignorance of state’s deer tagging law is no excuse

Take the time to learn the hunting regulations before taking to the field.

March 2015
Firearms harvest is down, but is it because hunters are choosing to fill fewer permits?

Firearms harvest is down, but is it because hunters are choosing to fill fewer permits?

Recently, at a public meeting with the DNR, I asked if the continuous decline in hunter harvest reflected a decrease in the overall deer population and vice versa.

November 2014
Deer hunting is on and the rut is coming soon

Deer hunting is on and the rut is coming soon

As we move deeper into fall farmers are clearing off the fields and deer are on the move as the rut approaches.

October 2014