Will County deer culling approved for this winter in Illinois

Ralph LoosThe Will County Forest Preserve District Board voted 20-2 on Thursday (Sept. 12) to go forward with a sharpshooting program aimed at thinning the deer herd in a handful of its forest preserves. A controversial topic in several northern Illinois counties, deer culling is considered the most efficient and effective way to maintain the herd's health, board members said after the vote.

Preserves that will implement deer culling this winter are McKinley Woods, Romeoville Prairie, Lockport Prairie, Kankakee Sands Geologic Area Hickory Creek, Goodenow Grove and Raccoon Grove.

The initial Will County culling program was launched in 2010 and was met by great resistance from residents, and even deer hunters who felt they should be given the opportunity to take deer as part of the culling effort.

Read more about the state's ongoing deer culling programs in an upcoming issue of Illinois Outdoor News.

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