With squirrel season opening Saturday in Illinois, we begin again with the Illinois Hunting Report.
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.
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Hunting season opens Saturday. Hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Daily bag is five.
Asked about acorns, wildlife biologist Bob Massey said,
``The white oaks I have been seeing have at least an average year or maybe better for acorns. It looks like the red oaks will have acorns this year.''
Iroquois County SWA is the one nearby site that opens Saturday for squirrel hunting. Marseilles SWA opens Sept. 1. Kankakee River SP, Momence Wetlands, Silver Spring SFWA open the Tuesday after Labor Day.
There's big news going on with waterfowl, though the seasons and such will likely not be known until Friday.
What we do know is that there will be a liberal 60-day season.
State waterfowl biologist Ray Marshalla sent this:
AHM has selected a 60-day duck season with a daily bag limit of 6 ducks not to include more than 4 mallards (2 of which can be hens), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 scaup (entire 60 days this year), 1 canvasback (full 60-day season), 1 black duck and one pintail (full 60-day season).
The duck breeding population in the midcontinent area of North America is the 3rd highest recorded since 1955 with 42 million ducks.
The mallard breeding population for the midcontinent area plus the Great Lakes States was 8.5 million. The mallard fall flight index is 10.3 million compared to 9.2 million last year. Thus there will be 1.8 million young mallards this season compared to 1.3 million last year. Young of the year are more vulnerable to hunting than adults so mallard hunting should be better with an additional 0.5 million young compared to last year.
And I think that qualifies as good news.
ILLINOIS HUNTING ONLINE
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.