Probably the two biggest misconceptions about culling to improve antler genetics are the “spike” debate and environmental influences.
Illinois – Keri Butt
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.
Perhaps a Wisconsin County Deer Advisory Council meeting will provide some clarity into how other states take initiative to include public insight into the policy-making process of any given deer season.
From a hunter’s perspective, weather sure messes with turkey season, especially for those of us with kiddos who look forward to youth season.
Yes, posting was of a cougar, but it wasn’t spotted here, as was falsely claimed.
Why drain our camera batteries, max out memory cards, and waste time deleting pointless pictures if all that’s needed is to flip that trigger-delay-switch over to 10-minutes?
More hunters needed to step up and become certified to teach the hunter safety classes.
All things considered, the naturally occurring physiological and biological reduction in metabolic rate greatly increases the chance that a deer is to live to see the reprieve of springtime.
Don’t be cheap or cut corners when you are buying hunting equipment.
Last fall, a doe with some type of growth on her brisket-area, began showing up on one of our trail cameras.
A quick browse through the “Cuffs and Collars” page in each issue of Illinois Outdoor News reveals that there are plenty of hunters in the state who could probably use a lesson on ethics.
The Illinois deer season ended Sunday (Jan. 15) with a total of 53,677 deer taken, down from the 2015 archery harvest of 56,740
The Illinois deer season wraps up Sunday, and although harvest numbers are expected to be a bit down compared to last season, the end is a good time to reflect not only on success but on hunter attitude
DNR managers say the cost of tracking and monitoring CWD is worth it as the state has been able to keep the deer disease at bay compared to neighboring states
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.
Conservation Police Officers are busy year round
Upon learning that a wolf survey, courtesy of Illinois Natural History Survey and DNR was being circulated, I thought, “great, just what we all need…
Hopefully you’re out hunting right now instead of sitting in your Lazy Boy reading this, but if indeed you are kicked back, I’ll assume that it’s after legal hunting hours for today are long over.
Illinois has been short of CPOs for a long time, and many felt we were making positive strides by gaining 13 additional officers this summer — officers that just graduated from the training academy.