Public CWD meetings will include southern Illinois counties after disease appears in southeast Missouri

(Photo by Bill Diers)

Just like last year in the days leading up to the Oct. 1 bowhunting opener, the Illinois DNR has scheduled a series of public meetings to provide information about CWD, its effect on future deer populations, and the state’s efforts to control the disease.

A couple of southern Illinois meetings have been added this time around.

Doug Dufford, DNR’s Wildlife Disease Program manager, said that although CWD has not been detected in southern Illinois, the Missouri Department of Conservation has detected CWD in the southeastern portion of their state near St. Mary, Mo. The meetings scheduled in Randolph County on Sept. 18-19 will address developments in Missouri and discuss DNR plans to enhance CWD surveillance in Illinois in that area.

DNR staff will also be available to answer questions about this disease, which has been detected in 17 counties across the northern edge and northeastern portions of Illinois, as far south as Kankakee and Livingston counties. Counties affected include Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake, Carroll, Ogle, Dekalb, Kane, DuPage, LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy, Will, Livingston, and Kankakee.

The meetings will begin at 7 p.m., with a 30-minute presentation and discussion to follow. The meetings schedule:

  • Sept. 18 – St. John’s Lutheran Church, 302 W. Holmes St., Chester.
  • Sept. 19 – World Shooting and Recreational Complex, 1 Main Event Lane #510, Sparta.
  • Sept. 24 – Nash Recreation Center, 304 S. 5th St., Oregon.
  • Sept. 25 – Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area, 5010 N. Jugtown Rd, Morris.
  • Sept. 26 – Big Rock Community Center, 6th St, Big Rock.
  • Oct. 2 – Orangeville Village Hall, 301 S. East St., Orangeville. 

For more information about the meetings, or about CWD, contact Dufford at 815-369-2414 or by email at

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