Stan McTaggart, who has spent more than four years managing upland game as the DNR’s agriculture and grassland wildlife program manager, is replacing Bob Bluett as the agency’s wildlife diversity program manager. Among other things, McTaggart, who also has served the DNR as a district wildlife biologist, will be responsible for the state’s furbearer program. According to Mark Alessi, chief of the DNR’s Division of Wildlife…
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DNR Fisheries Chief Dan Stephenson blames the decrease on “younger people are not engaging in outdoor activities like
older generations before them.”
According to the DNR, 66 reports of EHD were received from landowners and hunters totaling 169 deer in 32 counties. By comparison, in 2012, the worst year for EHD in Illinois, a total of 2,968 dead deer were reported in 87 counties.
According to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, if Congress fails to re-authorize important Farm Bill conservation provisions in 2018, Illinois stands to lose up to 900,000 acres of wildlife habitat enrolled in programs like the Conservation Reserve Program.Three public forums on the 2018 Farm Bill and the impact it could have on Illinois wildlife will be held this month in East…
The state’s deer season wraps up Sunday, and it appears hunters will easily top last year’s harvest total. DNR has released numbers from the first weekend of the late-winter and special CWD seasons, which produced a harvest of 1,714 deer, compared to 2,654 in those same counties in 2016. This year, 15 counties were open to the CWD season, and 22…
DNR reports that harvest sex ratios during the three-day muzzleloader season were 55 percent does and 45 percent bucks males (2,040 to 1,660).
Talk about opening ATV trails have been tossed around for a few years. Hunters and others who use state land are mostly opposed to the idea, citing loss of natural areas and habitat, not to mention the noise and crowds an ATV facility would bring.
Total ducks on the Mississippi River during the first week of November reportedly 146 percent above the 10-year average and 86 percent above late-October count.
Harvest down slightly this year, but fall gun turkey hunting open in only 56 of Illinois’ 102 counties.
Dave McCarthy has been a patient deer hunter, if nothing else. The bowhunter from Rantoul has been wanting to harvest a Pope and Young buck for decades, and last week his hard work — and patience — paid off. Dave McCarthy with the 11-point buck he took in Greene County on Oct. 11. On Oct. 11, he took an 11-point…
Illinois counties with chronic wasting disease now stands at 17.
Illinois Natural History Survey used results of random surveys of waterfowl hunters who purchased a state waterfowl permits in the 2002-03 and 2015-16 waterfowl seasons.
Tyler Lubbat and Dominic Domian pulled 13 pounds and 7 ounces of bass out of Carlyle Lake for the win.
The proposal that would ban bobcat trapping and also the sale of bobcat pelts was amended on Friday to exclude southern Illinois and a handful of western counties from the ban, but trapper and sportsmen groups in the state remain strongly opposed.
This year’s sectional round was hit by rain, wind and high water – half of the 22 tournaments were postponed from the original date of May 5 to May 8.
The state record of 16,605 is still in reach, but it will take a massive effort in the northern counties to hit the record, which was set in 2006.
What was thought to be a black crappie was a hybrid white and black crappie.
Luke Garver began the job late last year, filling a role that had been vacant since Paul Brewer retired at the end of 2013.
The regular season opens April 3 in the south zone and April 10 in the north zone.
It’s an exciting time and, if nothing else, I usually learn something by browsing through the regulations.
How many feral hogs are roaming around in Illinois and do they pose a threat?
Hopes that lawmakers would make progress on a state budget — Illinois hasn’t had one in 18 months — faded this week as the old General Assembly rode off into the sunset and a new one convened
Hunters could learn fate of firearms ‘silencer bill’ at anytime; state budget focus of new legislative session
Legislation to allow use of suppressors on hunting guns expected to come up for a vote as 99th General Assembly gathers to take care of unfinished business
There are no elk in Illinois, yet a hunter killed one Dec. 26 in the central part of the state. DNR is still investigating, but the agency assumes the animal escaped from a domestic elk ranch in the area. Illinois did consider re-introducing elk 2 years ago.
Rend Lake Resort sits on a popular 19,000-acre lake inside of a state park managed by DNR. Reasons given for the termination and closure include upkeep issues and unpaid rent and utilities
The Deer Classic has moved a half-dozen times around central Illinois. This year’s show was moved from March to August, but conflicted with the Illinois State Fair. The 2017 how will be held in late July in Peoria.