The DNR estimates the new restriction will reduce doe harvest by 25 to 30 percent.
Illinois – Keri Butt
Two public meetings to address possible changes.
A day of bowfishing and bowfishing education is scheduled for May 19 at the Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area boat access. The all-day Illinois’ Bowfishing Festival and Conservation Shoot will feature bowfishing instruction and ranges, fishing instruction for kids with supervised rod-reel fishing opportunities, fish cleaning and cooking demonstrations and activities for children. Experts will be on hand and displays…
A research team from the University of Illinois says its findings could help explain the movement of CWD across the landscape.
Now, with another season in the books, let’s get the shed hunting and gobbler chasing parties started!
When I received a text from Dan Schmidt, editor-in-chief for Deer & Deer Hunting, in the early morning hours of Jan. 1, letting me know that Charlie Alsheimer – renowned whitetail behaviorist, photographer, writer, and speaker – had unexpectedly passed away over the weekend, like many others, I was stunned. And just plain sad. I’ve been good friends with “Schmidt,”…
Even as an extremely hectic year speeds to its end, I’m allowing myself a brief moment of contentment to breathe and reflect upon my 2017 hunting season. It was good. Actually, it was phenomenal. There were no debacles, no forgetting a vital piece of equipment, only to realize after getting situated in a stand that it was still in my vehicle, a…
The ultimate goal has been a long time coming. The last time I killed a buck was in 2010, and the last time I harvested anything was a horse of a doe back in 2012. So, burning up a doe and a buck tag within a two-week time span has truly got me feeling like the most fortunate hunter there…
Right now, my work schedule is insane and doesn’t allow much time to do anything, let alone hunt. But I’ve been taking every opportunity I’ve been afforded to spend time in the deer woods. On Oct. 28, I got off work at four in the afternoon, raced home, and headed to a stand. Obviously, a late start was not ideal, but you’ve gotta hunt…
As it does every year, Oct. 1 found me in a treestand, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. It was a little too warm for my liking for the beginning of October, but at least I was in a stand. Amen, glory, and hallelujah! After almost nine long and agonizing months, my world has been righted once more. When it comes to hunting,…
If you’ve followed my columns or blogs, you’ve read that, for me, Oct. 1 is sacred. Regardless of all else, I’m in the deer woods. I haven’t missed an Oct. 1 in the deer woods since I started bow hunting. Half the time, I don’t even know what day of the week it is, let alone the actual date. But if…
Personally, I prefer doing only minor trimming at this point, enough to afford a small window or two, during the early part of deer season.
When you’ve got a deer in bow range, you forget you’re off the ground and neglect to consider the possibility of losing your footing.
It’s time to start “earning” that gold medal for the amount of time we in Illinois spend in the deer woods each year.
Is the trait a function of the way the offspring was born, or is the trait a function of external circumstances and/or what was learned?
By not considering the environmental dynamic, a superior buck, and his DNA, could be eliminated.
Pair of conservation police officers helped make the Mighty Mississippi a safer place on this day.
Last year, the DNR implemented changes to hunter safety requirements that I’m absolutely not okay with. In fact, in my opinion, they’re downright irresponsible and could lead to tragic consequences. Now, it appears that more modifications are coming soon, and like last year’s, I don’t see them as a positive thing.
When it comes to the growth cycle and outcome of an individual buck’s antler formation, the most crucial and overlooked element, by far, is the role of the doe.
Probably the two biggest misconceptions about culling to improve antler genetics are the “spike” debate and environmental influences.
Basically, it boils down to costs vs. benefits, and how the variances in this ratio affect buck movements during the breeding season in countless ways. But it doesn’t end there, as we’re well aware of how buck activity comes to life around the end of October.
While much attention is paid to growing big bucks, it all begins with doe health, and spring food plots that include self-regenerating perennials.
Spring and perennial food plots can have a giant impact on doe and fawn health during the crucial periods of gestation and lactation.
Turkey or no turkey, time spent in the field with Dad a memory that will last a lifetime.
Oftentimes, a deer believed to be an antlered female is actually not a female at all, or may be part female. Or, the animal could possibly be a buck with serious reproductive problems — just a few of many possible explanations.
What I like most about CDAC is that assessments and recommendations are determined according to each individual county’s specific deer season goals.