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Illinois Hunting Report 9-23-08

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During the hunting seasons, the extended online Illinois hunting report is usually posted here on Tuesdays. Otherwise, the Illinois Hunting Report comes at the end of the Midwest Fishing Report in the Sun-Times on most Wednesdays.

With the aerial surveys for waterfowl being flown (they are weather dependent), I will update if needed.

If you have suggestions, email me at or post in the comments.



Over the last 10 days I've driven all over Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall and Will counties and have seen exactly one harvester in the fields. And this one only took a couple strips of corn Friday afternoon and stopped. I assume it was still too wet.

Harvest is far off last year's pace for those getting out to scout for the archery deer opener on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Through Sunday, corn was only 1 percent harvested statewide, compared to 40 percent at this time last year.

Full report follows.


From the prose poetry of Kane County guide Jeff Norris:

``The last two minor cold fronts have delivered many thousands of molt migration geese to lower Kane County. They are currently enjoying excellent grazing with the post-rain growth spurt in local ball yards (how 'bout them Cubs?) and other grassland feasting areas. These are the birds that were too old, too young, or too homely to mate this spring returning from their summer trip to Canada. many will remain here and some will travel further south to the place of their origin or the place of origin of their newly found mate. Tick, tock...''

I'll forgive the Cubs love.

As to the impact the major flooding, record in spots, on the Illinois River will have on waterfowl, state waterfowl biologist Ray Marshalla sent this:

``I would suspect that major flooding will destroy what moist soil plants we might have had a chance with after the initial summer floods. My best guess at this time would be little food available so most ducks other than mallards may not stay more than a day or two before they leave looking for better conditions to the south. Mallards may stay and feed in harvested corn if any is harvested by the time they arrive.''

The DU Migration Map is posted here .


Trapping season ends Tuesday, Sept. 30.


In northeast Illinois, Marseilles, Silver Springs, Kankakee River and Iroquois County SWA are open to squirrel hunting. Most end for squirrel Tuesday, Sept. 30. Would expect more hunters to begin with leaves falling.


Random daily drawings for firearm/muzzleloader deer permits run through Nov.7.

Archery season opens Oct. 1.


Archery season opens Oct. 1.


First season runs through Oct. 24. Daily bag is 15.


Season opens Nov. 1.


Season opens Nov. 1.


Season opens Nov. 1.


Season, for Sora and Virginia rails only, runs through Nov. 14.


Season ends Dec. 21.


For IDNR hunting info, click here.

For the Illinois 2008-09 Digest of Hunting & Trapping Regulations, click here.

For the 2008-09 Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations, click here.

For the Illinois Public Hunting Areas Report, click here.

For Illinois crop reports (generally posted Monday afternoons), click here.

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