Showing posts with label deer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label deer. Show all posts

Monday, October 16, 2017

Second Round of Archery Numbers

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released the second round of archery deer numbers.  This week the harvest totals increased by 55 from this time last year.  
"Through Sunday, October 15, 2017, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 7,793 deer, compared to 7,738 for the same period in 2016.
Harvest to date has consisted of 69% does and 31% males (5340:2453). Top five counties were Jefferson (219), Fulton (201), Pike (201), Franklin (169), and Jackson (156)."
If you are interested in the county by county breakdown I've provided a link - County by County Week 2 - 2017

Check last weeks numbers, county by county and youth season - Archery and Youth Deer Numbers In

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is encouraging the sampling of harvested deer for CWD in adult deer. Find out where CWD Sampling Stations Locations.

How are things looking in your neck of the woods?



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Archery and Youth Deer Numbers In

Congrat to my nephew Tyler on his first deer!
Deer harvest numbers are in and they are down.  Not by a lot, only 132 and there were some warm and windy days that kept hunters home. Below you'll see the press release from the Illinois Department of Natural Resource Press.  Also we've included the county by county numbers for both arcarey and youth season.

Did your hunting buddy get their first deer during youth season?  Make sure to print up their First Deer Certificate.


ARCHERY DEER SEASON

Through Monday, October 9, 2017, Illinois archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 5,281 deer, compared to 5,413 for the same period in 2016

Friday, October 6, 2017

Person with Disabilities Application to Hunt at Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area

I had the privileged to take a buddy I met via facebook out on a hunt.  This compared to all my other hunts was a little different because Nate had spina bifida.  His passion and dedication to the outdoors surpasses many that say the love the outdoors.  However, it took some doing but we finally were able to find a place to go.  If you know someone that has a disability please share this with them.  They may only get a few opportunities a year to enjoy the great outdoors.  

Special Firearm Deer Hunt for Persons with Disabilities at Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area on Nov. 2 and 3



Hunters can apply through October 20


KEWANEE, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will host a new firearm deer hunt for persons with disabilities on November 2 and 3 at Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area in Henry Co.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

IDNR Calls on Hunters and Landowners to Report Suspected EHD Cases

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is calling upon hunters and landowners once again.They are encouraging them to report suspected cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD).  You may recall back in 2012 the buzz in the outdoor and hunting community was about the intense EHD kills.  

During the last few years there has been little discussion surrounding this issue, however the IDNR feels that "recent unseasonably warm temperatures coupled with prolonged dry conditions throughout the state suggest that EHD may increase this fall".  So they are calling upon the stewards of the land to help report any suspected cases.  Please read the press release from the IDNR and please share.
Here is a quick look back at the September map where over 2,000 deer were killed by EHD in 2012. Besides that you will see the map from September of this year showing EHD kills. 
 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Remember Illinois Youth Firearm Season is October 7 - 9

Remember...

Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt is October 7-9



All Hunters Reminded of Blaze Orange Requirement During the Youth Hunt

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The 2017 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt is Oct. 7-9 for those hunters with a valid Youth Deer Permit who have not reached their 18th birthday by the first day of the hunt. Youth Deer Permits are available over-the-counter at license vendors throughout the state. Hunters may purchase only one permit (either-sex) for one of the open counties. Hunters that are 16 years of age or older must also have a Habitat Stamp.


Monday, March 13, 2017

IDNR to Test-Launch New White-tailed Deer Website

Deer Hunting Illinois
UPDATE:
Back in April the Illinois Department of Natural Resources tested the New Whitetail Deer Website.

Well after test the site is now live... You can view it HERE.

http://deer.wildlifeillinois.org/ has been a long time in the making.  As you can tell everything is in one location for Illinois Whitetail enthusiast.


Original Post:

There is finally a light at the end of the tunnel for a project that has been in the making.  We have all heard rumors regarding this new whitetail website.  Well, it looks like it will be LIVE April 1st, 2017.  However, some hunters and landowners will get a sneak peak at the website before it goes live and give feedback to the IDNR in regards to last minute changes.  Below you'll read the official press release of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  

IDNR to Test-Launch New White-tailed Deer Website

SPRINGFIELD, IL – White-tailed deer are an integral part of the Illinois landscape, and a new website will provide up-to-date information on deer biology, management, research and regulations. A random set of Illinois deer hunters and landowners will receive an e-mail invitation this week to assist with finalizing the new White-Tailed Deer Illinois website.

White-tailed Deer Illinois is a collaborative effort led by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Division of Wildlife Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, and the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center. Funding for the White-tailed Deer Illinois website was made available through Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Project W-147-T.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

CROSSBOW HUNTING-ARCHERY SEAS- 100th GA - HB 2893

CROSSBOW HUNTING-ARCHERY SEAS- 100th GA - HB 2893

Representative Jerry Costello, II  (D)

Filed: HB 2893 on 2-6-17


Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that any person may use a crossbow to take any animal during the appropriate archery season. Effective immediately.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the engrossed bill. Adds an immediate effective date.

Latest Action:
  • 5/31/2017 House Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Motion to Concur Referred to Rules Committee

Date Chamber Action
  • 2/9/2017 House Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Jerry Costello, II
  • 2/9/2017 House First Reading
  • 2/9/2017 House Referred to Rules Committee
  • 2/22/2017 House Assigned to Agriculture & Conservation Committee
  • 3/6/2017 House House Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Jerry Costello, II
  • 3/6/2017 House House Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  • 3/7/2017 House Do Pass / Short Debate Agriculture & Conservation Committee; 015-000-000
  • 3/7/2017 House House Committee Amendment No. 1 Tabled Pursuant to Rule 40
  • 3/8/2017 House Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  • 3/15/2017 House House Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Jerry Costello, II
  • 3/15/2017 House House Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee
  • 3/21/2017 House House Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 004-000-000
  • 4/4/2017 House Second Reading - Short Debate
  • 4/4/2017 House House Floor Amendment No. 2 Adopted
  • 4/4/2017 House Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  • 4/5/2017 House Third Reading - Short Debate - Passed 076-029-004
  • 4/5/2017 House Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Jeanne M Ives
  • 4/5/2017 Senate Arrive in Senate
  • 4/5/2017 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of First Reading April 6, 2017
  • 5/23/2017 Senate Chief Senate Sponsor Sen. Tim Bivins
  • 5/23/2017 Senate First Reading
  • 5/23/2017 Senate Referred to Assignments
  • 5/26/2017 Senate Added as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Neil Anderson
  • 5/26/2017 Senate Sponsor Removed Sen. Neil Anderson
  • 5/30/2017 Senate Approved for Consideration Assignments
  • 5/30/2017 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading
  • 5/30/2017 Senate Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Tim Bivins
  • 5/30/2017 Senate Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Assignments
  • 5/30/2017 Senate Alternate Chief Sponsor Changed to Sen. Neil Anderson
  • 5/30/2017 Senate Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Be Approved for Consideration Assignments
  • 5/30/2017 Senate Rule 2-10 Third Reading Deadline Established As May 31, 2017
  • 5/30/2017 Senate Second Reading
  • 5/30/2017 Senate Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted; Bivins
  • 5/30/2017 Senate Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 31, 2017
  • 5/31/2017 Senate Third Reading - Passed; 051-003-000
  • 5/31/2017 House Arrived in House
  • 5/31/2017 House Placed on Calendar Order of Concurrence Senate Amendment(s) 1
  • 5/31/2017 House Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Motion Filed Concur Rep. Jerry Costello, II
  • 5/31/2017 House Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Motion to Concur Referred to Rules Committee
  • 6/21/2017 House Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Motion to Concur Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 003-000-000
  • 6/25/2017 House Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 House Concurs 081-014-001
  • 6/25/2017 House 3/5 Vote Required
  • 6/25/2017 House House Concurs
  • 6/25/2017 House Passed Both Houses
  • 7/24/2017 House Sent to the Governor
  • 9/8/2017 House Governor Approved
  • 9/8/2017 House Public Act . . . . . . . . . 100-0489

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Wildlife - Crossbow Draw Weight -100th GA-HB 427

WILDLIFE-CROSSBOW DRAW WEIGHT

Representative Avery Bourne (R)

Filed: HB0427 on 1-12-2017

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that all crossbows used to hunt in this State must have a minimum peak draw weight of 125 pounds and a maximum draw weight of at least 300 pounds.

Hearing Scheduled: - Hearing Scheduled for Feb 22, 2017


Previous Actions:

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CWD Continues it's Destructive Path

CWD Continues it's Destructive Path 


The spread of the deer killing disease called Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD for short, has continued spreading and has been spotted in a new Iowa County.  As of February 1, 2017 we haven't heard anything from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources regarding the spread of CWD into new counties or if there were positive deer cases.

However, we continue to receive reports from surrounding states. 

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that the CWD has spread to another county.  While Iowa's total CWD rate is still low (compared to states like IL or Wisconsin) their holding public meetings to inform the public about the status of the disease.  If you're interested or hunt Iowa we urge you to attend.  Why?  Since Iowa's first positive result in 2013 the spreading of the disease has continued and 2016 has been the worse year ever for Iowa.


If you hunt deer or just enjoy the outdoors and support conservation then you need stay informed of this issue.  There's no room for opinions just facts.  That's why we all need to become educated on this issue.  Below you'll find the full release from the Iowa's DNR regarding the confirmed case of CWD and information about the public meetings.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Decline in Illinois Deer Harvest Continues

The Decline in Illinois Deer Harvest Continues

Illinois continues to see a decline in harvest numbers in whitetail deer over the past several seasons.  The IDNR data reflects this, however they say that this decline is done on purpose and is within the margin of acceptance of a healthy deer herd.  Groups, such as The Illinois Whitetail Alliance would disagree with the DNR and feel that the decline over recent years is something to worry about especially with diseases like CWD and Blue Tongue.  Whether you agree with the IDNR or the IWA you need to voice your opinion and contact the IDNR to let that opinion known.  Below you'll find the the press release issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources regarding the deer harvest. 

Hunters in Illinois Harvested a Preliminary Total of 144,150 Deer During 2016-17 Seasons


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 144,150 deer during all 2016-17 seasons, which concluded Jan. 15. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 155,229 in 2015-16. 

During this year’s deer seasons, hunters took 44 percent does and 56 percent males.

A breakdown of Illinois deer hunting seasons is as follows:

Archery: Archery deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 53,479 deer during the season which began on Oct. 1, 2016 and concluded on Jan. 15, 2017. That compares with the harvest of 56,767 during the 2015-16 archery season.

Youth: Young deer hunters harvested 3,259 deer during the 2016 Illinois Youth Deer Season conducted on Oct. 8-10, 2016, compared with 2,850 deer harvested during the 2015 youth hunt.

Traditional Firearm Season: Hunters took a preliminary total of 79,429 deer during the 2016 Illinois Firearm Deer Season on Nov. 18-20 and Dec. 1-4, 2016, compared with 86,847 deer taken during the 2015 firearm season.

Muzzleloader: Hunters using muzzleloading rifles harvested 3,297 deer during the 2016 Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season on Dec. 9-11, 2016, compared with 2,403 in 2015.

Late-Winter Seasons: The 2016-17 Late-Winter Antlerless Only and Special CWD deer seasons concluded on Jan. 15, with a combined preliminary harvest total for both seasons of 4,686 deer, compared with a harvest of 6,362 deer taken during those seasons in 2015-16. Season dates for the Late-Winter and CWD seasons were Dec. 29, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 13-15, 2017.

There were 14 northern Illinois counties open to the Special CWD Season in 2016-17, the same counties that were open for the 2015-16 seasons. The Special CWD season is used to assist in slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease in the Illinois deer herd.

There were 24 counties open for the Late-Winter Antlerless Season in 2016-17. Four counties open previously for the late-winter season were closed for 2016-17 because they had reached deer population goals, while one county was added to the late-winter hunt. Counties that are at or below their individual goal for two consecutive years may be removed from the late-winter season.

Tables on the PDF link below will provide a county-by-county summary of preliminary deer harvest results for 2016-17 and harvest results for 2015-16.
https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Documents/IDNR-DeerPrelimHarvest-Jan2017.pdf

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Final Results of CWD Samples from Missouri Department of Conservation

On December 19, 2016 Capitol Outdoors passed along the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) results for the mandatory Chronic Wasting Disease samplings.  As we know CWD does not stop along our state borders.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources spent over $1 million dollars last year to track this disease.  Regardless, if you're a deer hunter or not, here at Capitol Outdoors we feel that it's imperative that all outdoorsmen and women are aware of this deadly and contagious disease.

The MDC released their second findings from their samplings.

MDC reports three new cases of CWD from mandatory sampling

As part of MDC’s mandatory CWD sampling efforts, MDC staff remove lymph nodes for CWD testing from the neck of a buck harvested in central Missouri the opening weekend of fall firearms deer season.


Final results from 19,200+ deer tested show total of five cases of chronic wasting disease.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports it has received final results from the more than 19,200 tissue samples tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) following the Department’s mandatory sampling of deer harvested on Nov. 12 and 13 in 29 counties in northeast, central, and east-central Missouri in and around where the disease has been found.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Elk Killed in Illinois by Hunter in Macoupin County...Seriously.

Elk Killed in Illinois by Hunter in Macoupin County...Seriously.


Let's pretend we're sitting around a campfire talking hunting and fishing, when someone says did you hear about the guy who shot an elk with a long bow here in Illinois?  It's OK if you laugh at first, but, it's true.

How often do you hear of a elk being shot in Illinois? Wisconsin or Michigan sure but, not Illinois.  It's my first time hearing about it so I want to share it with you.   Frank Link of Carlinville has harvested an elk.  Before anyone starts questioning the legality of it, it's OK to harvest an elk because there's no season or special protection like apex predators (wolves, bears, etc).  Just make sure there's no tag in its ear to identify it as a farm-raised animal.  That information came from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesperson.  

Monday, December 19, 2016

CWD Test Results are in for Two Missouri Counties

CWD Test Results are in for Two Missouri Counties

When you hear of chronic wasting disease (CWD) you might think of Northern Illinois or Wisconsin.  However this disease continues to spread not only in Illinois but in other states as well.  Not sure how many of our readers hunt Missouri but when it comes to CWD every hunter, angler and outdoor person should be aware of the impacts and spread of this disease.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Preliminary Numbers for Illinois Muzzleloader Deer Season

Preliminary Numbers for Illinois Muzzleloader Deer Season

Below you'll find the preliminary numbers for the Illinois muzzleloader deer season.  The table contains county preliminary harvest totals from the 2016 Illinois Muzzleloader-only Deer Season (12/9-12/11).

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Illinois Seven Day Firearm Preliminary Harvest Numbers

Illinois Seven Day Firearm Preliminary Harvest Numbers

Wow... big drop in harvest numbers for the seven day firearm season.   With a difference of about 6,400 and deer numbers are down in archery as well.  Makes you wonder what the strategy will be for the IDNR biologist.

Hunters in Illinois Harvest Preliminary Total of 79,429 Deer During Seven-Day Firearm Season 


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters harvested a preliminary total of 79,429 deer during the seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season that closed on Sunday, Dec. 4. That figure compares to the final total of 86,847 deer harvested during the seven days of the firearm season in 2015.

The preliminary harvest for the second segment of the firearm season on Dec. 1-4 totaled 24,977, compared with 28,977 during the second season in 2015. The preliminary harvest total for the first segment of firearm season on Nov. 18-20 was 54,452 deer, compared with the 57,870 deer taken by hunters during the first season in 2015.

Deer hunting opportunities remain available in Illinois this late fall/early winter:

  • The Illinois Muzzleloader-only Season is this weekend, Dec. 9-11. 
  • The Late-Winter Antlerless-Only Season and CWD Deer Season first segments (in designated counties only) will be Dec. 29, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017. 
  • The second segments of the Late-Winter Antlerless-Only and CWD Deer Seasons (in designated counties only) will be Jan. 13-15, 2017. 
  • Archery Deer Season continues through Jan. 15, 2017. Details on the Late-Winter and CWD seasons are available on the IDNR website at:http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/Late-WinterSHAHuntingPermitInformation.pdf


For more deer hunting information, visit: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/DeerHunting.aspxA table of preliminary Firearm Deer Season harvest numbers for 2016, broken down by county and compared with 2015, is below.








Monday, November 28, 2016

Archery Deer Numbers To Date

Archery Deer Numbers To Date


Archery Deer Numbers are out and there are no big suprises. Numbers are still down from this time last year. It will be interesting to see the numbers for second shotgun season.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Shotgun Deer Harvest Numbers Down After First Season

Shotgun Deer Harvest Numbers Down After First Season


With the first real cold snap and that rut in full swing it's hard to believe that the 2016 Shotgun Deer Harvest Numbers are Down After the First Season. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources informed hunters that the November 18th - 20th shotgun season harvested a total of 54,452. Compare that to the 57,870 shot during the first season last year.  To make it easy on you that's a difference of 3,418.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Illinois Hunting, Fishing & Outdoor Expos 2017

Illinois Hunting, Fishing & Outdoor Expos 2017


Expo season is right around the corner and we will be attending many of the expos around the State of Illinois. 


If you know of an outdoor show in your area, let us know about it! Capitol Outdoors is available to speak at your event!



Let’s Go Fishing Show
Collinsville, Illinois
Jan. 6-8th 2017



-Chicago Muskie Expo
Chicago, Illinois
Jan. 6-8th 2017


Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show
Chicago, Illinois
Jan. 11-15th 2017


All-Canada Show
St. Charles, Illinois
Jan. 12-15th 2017


Chicago Outdoor Sports Show
Rosemont, Illinois
Jan. 19-22nd 2017


-Chicagoland Gunshow
Rosemont, Illinois
Jan, 19-22nd 2017

-Illinois Fish & Feather Expo
Bloomington, Illinois
Jan. 27-29th 2017


-Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo
Schaumburg, Illinois
Jan. 26-29th  2017


-Tinley Park Fishing Big Show 
Tinley Park,Illinois
Feb. 11-12th 2017


-Rockford Boat, Vacation & Fishing Show
Rockford, Illinois
Feb. 17-19th 2017


-Central Illinois Outdoor Expo
Arthur, Illinois
February 10-11th 2017

The QCCA Expo Center Outdoor Show
Rock Island
, Illinois
Feb. 16-19th 2017

-Pheasant Fest (National)
Minneapolis
Feb 17-19th 2017

-Indiana Deer, Turkey & Waterfowl Expo
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Feb. 23-26th 2017

-Elmwood All Outdoors Show
Elmwood High School
March 4-5th 2017


-Ducks Unlimited National Convention
May 31 - June 4th 2017
San Antonio, Texas


-Spring Valley Outdoors Expo
Spring Valley, IL
TBD


-Midwest Hunt Fest
Wichita, Kansas
TBD


-ICAST 2017
Orlando, Florida
July 11-14th 2017


-Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo
Peoria, Illinois
July 28 - 30th 2017


-Northern Illinois Hunting & Fishing Days 
Silver Springs State Park, Yorkville Illinois
TBD


-Southern Illinois Hunting & Fishing Days 
Carterville, Illinois
TBD


More shows and dates will be added as they become available. 


Email us if you would like something on this list. 


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Monday, November 14, 2016

Buck Percentage Increase with Latest Preliminary Harvest Numbers

Buck Percentage Increase with Latest Preliminary Harvest Numbers


The archery harvest numbers are out.  The preliminary data was collected through November 13, 2016.  It's easy to see that the rut is on with the increase in harvested bucks.  Plus this little cold snap we had this past weekend didn't hurt.  The below information was provided by Paul Shelton, Manager of Forest Wildlife Program.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Illinois Shotgun Deer Hunting Reminders and CWD Check-ins Locations

Illinois Shotgun Deer Hunting Reminders & CWD Check-in Locations

This cool weather has shotgun deer hunters licking their lips.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources wanted to remind where and how to check in their harvested deer.  Pay attention to the counties below for CWD testing.  

Illinois’ most popular hunting season, the seven-day firearm deer season, begins on Friday through Sunday, Nov. 18-20, and will conclude on Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 1-4.