Illinois DNR

Illinois gearing up for youth firearms deer hunt

The one-year-old doe was harvested in Greenwood township and is the first confirmed positive in Vernon County.SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The 2017 Illinois youth firearm deer hunt is Oct. 7-9 for hunters with a valid youth deer permit who have not reached their 18th birthday by the first day of the hunt. Youth deer permits are available over-the-counter at license vendors…

Taking CWD concerns to the people

For 2017, the number of hunting licenses to-date is 345,532 and the number of deer permits sold to-date is 374,011.LENA, Ill. — The Illinois DNR has scheduled a series of public meetings to provide information about chronic wasting disease (CWD), its effect on future deer populations, and IDNR’s efforts to control the disease. IDNR staff will also be available to…