Thursday, November 2, 2017

Illinois Archery Fall Turkey Numbers Up

Earlier this week we posted about the Fall Shotgun Turkey Season Numbers.  Now it's time for the archery numbers.  Numbers are up. 

Through Tuesday, November 1, 2017, Illinois archery turkey hunters harvested a preliminary total of 334 turkeys, compared to 234 during the same period in 2016.

The top five county harvest totals were Cass (12), Fulton/Rock Island (11), Knox (10), and Clinton/Hancock/Marion (9), Jefferson/Jo Daviess/Ogle (8).
For those that are interested here is a County by County Break Down.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Monthly IDNR Newsbits November 2017

The Illinois DNR Newsbits is a monthly publication by the IDNR giving constituents of Illinois the '411'.   Issues and topics are geared toward all those that enjoy the outdoors from the hunter to the angler to the outdoor enthusiast and cover a wide array of topics and events. 

IDNR Newsbits for Nov. 2017

Ancient Tools and Crafts: Dickson Mounds Museum will host an afternoon of Native American storytelling accompanied by demonstrations of the creation and use of ancient tools and crafts on Sat., Nov. 4 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Experimental Archaeologist Larry Kinsella and his wife, professional storyteller Marilyn Kinsella, have combined their talents to produce this informative, entertaining, hands-on program. Kids may enjoy activities such as cordage making, pottery, using hand micro-drills, flint knapping, and spear throwing. This Kid’s Day program is geared toward children ages 5 and up with an adult. Registration is not required. The show begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Museum’s auditorium. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis beginning at 12:00 p.m. in the Museum’s lobby. Space is limited. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. The Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Tours and special programs are available for groups with reservations. For more information call 309-547-3721.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Illinois Fall Shotgun Turkey Season Numbers In

Deer season is  in full bloom and waterfowl season is kicking off across the state, however many took part  in turkey season, in hopes of adding wild turkey to the table this Thanksgiving.  During October 21st  thru the 29th, 56 counties harvested a preliminary total of 350 wild turkeys.   This is a decrease of 35 birds compared to the 2016 season.  Below you'll see the county by county numbers as well as top counties provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fourth Round Archery Numbers Show Increase

Fourth round of archery season did not disappoint, with an increase of 3,259 from this time last year.  Here are third round numbers if you wish to compare. As you can see, there was a 7% increase of harvested bucks from last weeks.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Tournament Organizers Apply for Permits Starting November 1st for 2018 Season

While many of us are thinking ducks and bucks, tournament anglers should already start thinking about next year.

If you are a director of a circuit or are wishing to apply for a permit to host a tournament on an Illinois lake, then this is for you.  Starting November 1, 2017 those who wish, can submit an application through the IDNR website.  See below for the press release from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  

2018 Illinois Fishing Tournament Applications Accepted by IDNR Beginning Nov. 1

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Fishing tournament organizers can begin applying for 2018 tournament permits on November 1, 2017.