Whitetail Deer

Hunters steaming into final week of deer season

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…

This deer-hunting season was one to savor

Even as an extremely hectic year speeds to its end, I’m allowing myself a brief moment of contentment to breathe and reflect upon my 2017 hunting season. It was good. Actually, it was phenomenal. There were no debacles, no forgetting…

Baiting at center of deer-hunting citations

BARRY, Ill. — Illinois conservation police issued more than 50 citations and warnings for illegal deer hunting this month. The state DNR says a major focus of the Nov. 8-9 detail was on unlawful feeding of white-tailed deer and hunting in baited areas. Enforcement…

Deer hunting: time well wasted

If you’ve followed my columns or blogs, you’ve read that, for me, Oct. 1 is sacred. Regardless of all else, I’m in the deer woods. I haven’t missed an Oct. 1 in the deer woods since I started bow hunting. Half…

Illinois gearing up for youth firearms deer hunt

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…

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