With the fall rut and deer hunting season looming, it's a busy time on and around Illinois roadways.
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…
Plymouth, Minn. — When you snap photos of your buck this fall, remember to submit them to the 2017 Best Buck Photo Contest appearing in the Outdoor News publications. The annual photo contest is now open to hunting enthusiasts in…
Personally, I prefer doing only minor trimming at this point, enough to afford a small window or two, during the early part of deer season.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law House Bill 2893, which amended the Illinois Wildlife Code to repeal restrictions on the use of crossbows during archery hunting seasons in Illinois.
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…
When you’ve got a deer in bow range, you forget you’re off the ground and neglect to consider the possibility of losing your footing.
Illinois counties with chronic wasting disease now stands at 17.
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…
It's time to start "earning" that gold medal for the amount of time we in Illinois spend in the deer woods each year.
Is the trait a function of the way the offspring was born, or is the trait a function of external circumstances and/or what was learned?
Move to Peoria Civic Center more than doubles exhibitor space from the 2016 event, allowing for 285 hunting exhibitors and outfitter booths on-site showcasing the latest in hunting and archery equipment, accessories, clothing and more.
By not considering the environmental dynamic, a superior buck, and his DNA, could be eliminated.
When it comes to the growth cycle and outcome of an individual buck’s antler formation, the most crucial and overlooked element, by far, is the role of the doe.
Probably the two biggest misconceptions about culling to improve antler genetics are the “spike” debate and environmental influences.
Basically, it boils down to costs vs. benefits, and how the variances in this ratio affect buck movements during the breeding season in countless ways. But it doesn’t end there, as we’re well aware of how buck activity comes to life around the end of October.
While much attention is paid to growing big bucks, it all begins with doe health, and spring food plots that include self-regenerating perennials.
Spring and perennial food plots can have a giant impact on doe and fawn health during the crucial periods of gestation and lactation.
Oftentimes, a deer believed to be an antlered female is actually not a female at all, or may be part female. Or, the animal could possibly be a buck with serious reproductive problems — just a few of many possible explanations.
What I like most about CDAC is that assessments and recommendations are determined according to each individual county’s specific deer season goals.
Perhaps a Wisconsin County Deer Advisory Council meeting will provide some clarity into how other states take initiative to include public insight into the policy-making process of any given deer season.
It's planned as an encyclopedia of biological information and facts about the Illinois state mammal. It will include data on state management of the deer population.
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