Illinois deer season changes announced

DNR announced today changes in deer hunting season dates and a
series of regulations changes for the upcoming 2009-2010 seasons.
The changes are a result of the state’s Joint Deer Population Task
Force.

The seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season will be Nov. 20 – 22,
2009 and Dec. 3 – 6, 2009, while the Muzzleloader-only season will
be Dec. 11 – 13, 2009. The Youth Deer Hunting Season will be Oct.
10 – 11, 2009, and permits for the youth hunt will be available
over the counter through DNR Direct license and permit agents.

The Late-Winter Deer Antlerless Only Hunting Season will be
expanded to a seven-day season on Dec. 31, 2009 – Jan. 3, 2010 and
Jan. 15 – 17, 2010. Permits for the Late-Winter season will be
issued in two categories, based on deer management needs in
individual counties. In select counties with a need for significant
increases in deer harvest, hunters will be able to purchase
Late-Winter permits without limit. In other counties, hunters will
be limited to purchasing one Late-Winter deer permit. Permits will
also be sold over the counter for the first time. As in the past,
unused permits from the firearm, muzzleloader, and youth seasons
can be used during the late winter season only if the unused permit
is from a participating late winter season county. Only Antlerless
deer may be taken with any valid unused permit.

The Special CWD Deer Hunting Season in select northern Illinois
counties will also be expanded to a seven-day season on the same
dates as the expanded Late-Winter season.

“Our deer season plans and the implementation of changes in deer
regulations should enhance deer hunting opportunities and improve
deer management in Illinois,” DNR Director Marc Miller said. “The
regulations were developed with extensive input from deer hunters
and hunting organizations, landowners, wildlife management
professionals, the deer task force, and other citizens interested
in our state’s deer herd.”

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