Fifty-six percent of the deer taken in the muzzleloader-only season were does.Hunters harvested 3,863 deer during the 2018 muzzleloader-only season, which took place this past weekend. The harvest tally was up slightly from the 3,765 taken in 2017. According to the Illinois DNR, harvest sex ratios were 56 percent does and 44 percent bucks (2,172 to 1,691). The top five counties for muzzleloader…
And at least 30 of the points are scorable, the DNR says.
Harvest at 13,068 deer. At the same point in 2017, the harvest stood at 10,912.
Archery harvest at 7,352 deer through Oct. 14. The number was 7,069 for the same period in 2017.
The founder of Tim Grounds Championship Calls, he won calling World Championships in 1988, 1992 and 1994.
It appears the Illinois DNR has a new chief of the department that manages the state’s fish. Dan Stephenson, who retired from the position this summer, announced via email Monday that Mike McClelland has accepted the role of leading the Division of Fisheries. McClelland spent 14 years with the Illinois Natural History Survey, mostly as the Long Term Illinois River Fish…
DNR implements non-toxic shot policies.
Five Illinoisans who’ve helped shape and support the state’s wildlife, nature and outdoor recreation will be inducted into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame this fall. The new class was recognized Saturday in Conservation World at the Illinois State Fair. The Illinois Conservation Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame, selected Diane Banta, Jerry Beverlin, David F. Grohne, Sam Oliver,…
Whitefish will be the fourth state record fish caught in 2018.
How Illinois will use the funds, made up of non-taxpayer dollars from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues, is unclear. There will be limitations because the funds come through federal matching grants that leverage public and private investment.
Hunters took only 13,500 turkeys during the 2018 spring season, well behind the 2017 harvest of 15,720.
Springfield — Five years after Illinois added a fourth waterfowl hunting zone, most hunters in the state remained indifferent to the change – though some in the south and south central zones are still uneasy. This according to the 2016-17 Waterfowl Hunter Report, which was released in March by the Illinois Natural History Survey. A fourth waterfowl zone – the…
The DNR has been opposed to supplemental feeding but appears to be neutral on a proposed University of Illinois deer study.
A resident of McLeansboro, Folden is a 15-year veteran of DNR.
Illinois youths harvested 664 turkeys, down from last year’s opening weekend total of 776.
Stan McTaggart, who has spent more than four years managing upland game as the DNR’s agriculture and grassland wildlife program manager, is replacing Bob Bluett as the agency’s wildlife diversity program manager. Among other things, McTaggart, who also has served the DNR as a district wildlife biologist, will be responsible for the state’s furbearer program. According to Mark Alessi, chief of the DNR’s Division of Wildlife…
DNR Fisheries Chief Dan Stephenson blames the decrease on “younger people are not engaging in outdoor activities like
older generations before them.”
Former Illinois DNR Director Sam Flood has died at age 78. Flood, who was appointed to the job by Gov. Rod Blagojevich on an interim basis following the retirement of Joel Brunsvold in 2005, served the DNR until 2009. Flood had been deputy director at the DNR before taking the top job. His primary duty was described as overseeing construction…
Schaumburg to host Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic in February 2019.
According to the DNR, 66 reports of EHD were received from landowners and hunters totaling 169 deer in 32 counties. By comparison, in 2012, the worst year for EHD in Illinois, a total of 2,968 dead deer were reported in 87 counties.
According to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, if Congress fails to re-authorize important Farm Bill conservation provisions in 2018, Illinois stands to lose up to 900,000 acres of wildlife habitat enrolled in programs like the Conservation Reserve Program.Three public forums on the 2018 Farm Bill and the impact it could have on Illinois wildlife will be held this month in East…
The state’s deer season wraps up Sunday, and it appears hunters will easily top last year’s harvest total. DNR has released numbers from the first weekend of the late-winter and special CWD seasons, which produced a harvest of 1,714 deer, compared to 2,654 in those same counties in 2016. This year, 15 counties were open to the CWD season, and 22…
DNR reports that harvest sex ratios during the three-day muzzleloader season were 55 percent does and 45 percent bucks males (2,040 to 1,660).
Talk about opening ATV trails have been tossed around for a few years. Hunters and others who use state land are mostly opposed to the idea, citing loss of natural areas and habitat, not to mention the noise and crowds an ATV facility would bring.
Total ducks on the Mississippi River during the first week of November reportedly 146 percent above the 10-year average and 86 percent above late-October count.
Harvest down slightly this year, but fall gun turkey hunting open in only 56 of Illinois’ 102 counties.