Bowhunters are quick out of the gate this season, at least through the first three weeks.
The archery deer season opened Oct. 1 in Illinois and hunters appear to be holding back, possibly waiting for the rut and a chance at a nice buck
Fall applications for deer and turkey hunting permits are due in the next week
The state saw a slight decrease in deer permit sales last year, but that is blamed on changes in regulations that allow fewer non-resident archery permits.
I’ve not always been the biggest proponent of DNR. However, I’ve made it a point to mention that my disgust mostly lies within the political spectrum of things.