Monday afternoon, I was driving around looking for some outdoor photos when I passed this pheasant warming on the sun-facing ditch across from a CRP field in Iroquois County.
I couldn't believe I was that lucky, but turned around it was still there, basking in the winter sun.
Maybe the cock's internal time table was confused. Hunting season is open for a few more days. Pheasant, partridge, quail and rabbit seasons end Thursday, Jan. 8 in the north zone.
I still hope to sneak in an hour or two of kicking out a fence row for rabbits with my neighbor, but there's only a couple days left. It would be a poor year of hunting if I don't go rabbit hunting at least once.
And the end is near too for goose hunting in the north zone with the season ending on Saturday, Jan. 10.
For a third week, I'll say, when harvest numbers for the muzzleloader-only deer season come in, we will post separately.
During the hunting seasons, the extended online version of the Illinois hunting report, which comes at the end of the Midwest Fishing Report in the Sun-Times on Wednesdays, is usually posted here on Tuesdays.
If you have suggestions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post in the comments.
Full report follows.