The Illinois Huntress by Kerri Butt

Archers can get a taste of bowfishing at festival and conservation shoot

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…

This deer-hunting season was one to savor

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…

Buck down! The ultimate finish to a sweet November

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…

Deer hunting: time well wasted

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…

Illinois needs to rethink hunter safety requirements

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.

A complex deer case: the antlered doe phenomenon

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.

About This Blog

Butt

Keri Butt is a lifetime resident of northern Illinois. She is a freelance writer, and enjoys speaking publicly about getting more women and kids involved in the outdoors. Keri also teaches hunting classes offered at various women’s workshops. When she began hunting ten years ago, she had no idea that it would grow into what has now become a passion that consumes her life. When she’s not hunting, Keri devotes most of her time to family, but appreciates most the moments she can combine the two.

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