A couple reminders and the release of the 2008-09 Illinois Public Hunting Areas Report online top the Illinois Hunting Report. By next week, we will be gearing up for the dove opener. Yes, the dove opener and we should have some looks at how conditions look around the state by next week for doves.
During the hunting seasons, the extended online version of the IHR, 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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PUBLIC SITES REPORT
For the 2008-09 Illinois Public Hunting Areas Report, click here. I find this thing just a wealth of information.
Monday is the last day to apply for fall shotgun turkey permits, second lottery.
The forecast of a cooler weekend will likely bring out more squirrel hunters.
Iroquois County SWA is one nearby site already open for squirrel hunting. Marseilles SWA opens Sept. 1. Kankakee River SP, Momence Wetlands, Silver Spring SFWA open the Tuesday after Labor Day.
Season ends Feb. 15, except it is closed during firearm deer seasons in applicable counties (Nov. 21-23 and Dec. 4-7). Squirrel hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. The daily limit is five squirrels with a possession limit of 10.
Aug. 31 is the deadline to apply online for free upland game permits.
EARLY CANADA GOOSE SEASON
As usual, it is Sept. 1-15. The daily bag limit is five geese in the Northeast, North and Central zones and two geese per day in the South Zone (possession limits are twice the daily bag limit).
Season is Sept. 5-20. Daily bag remains four.
NORTH ZONE WATERFOWL
The 60-day duck season opens Oct. 17. The Canada goose season is Oct. 17-Jan. 9.
CENTRAL ZONE WATERFOWL
The 60-day duck season opens Oct. 31. The Canada goose season is an odd split: Oct. 31-Nov. 15 and Nov. 24-Jan. 31.
SOUTH ZONE WATERFOWL
The 60-day duck season opens Nov. 14. The split 66-day Canada goose season is Nov. 14-15 and Nov. 29-Jan. 31.
ILLINOIS HUNTING ONLINE
For IDNR hunting info, click here.
For the Illinois 2009-10 Digest of Hunting & Trapping Regulations, click here.
For the 2008-09 Illinois Public Hunting Areas Report, click here.