So I get paranoid.
For yet another year, I was shut out on drawing a free permit for an upland game site.
These are the permits that allow the lucky drawer to usually take several friends and have a day of hunting at one of the several dozen upland/pheasant or quail sites around Illinois.
Some facts and figures on chances for drawing those great permits lead this week's Illinois Hunting Report.
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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As to the chances of drawing a free upland game permit, Michael Wefer, Acting Agriculture & Grasslands Program Manager, for the IDNR's Division of Wildlife Resources, sent this:
This year, of a the total of 3029 applicants, 873 (28.8%) were issued permits and 2,156 (71.2%) were rejected. This year, hunters had a 1 in 3.5 chance of being drawn.
In 2008 we issued 865 permits and rejected 1,955.
I've been told that applicants have better odds if they select weekdays and fill in all their choices on the application
Well, I tried that selecting week days. And I combined with a buddy who was also shut out.
Too bad, that is one of the great hunting programs in Illinois. But it needs to be much larger.
With crop harvest being so far behind, it still hangs at 1 percent for beans and corn as of Monday's crop report, scouting for deer has been limited. Bowhunting opens Oct. 1.
DES PLAINES SFWA NOTE: Hunters interested in archery deer hunting at Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area can call and arrange to pick up the 2009 archery deer hunting parking permits for the site thru Nov. 30 at the site office located at 24621 North River Road, Wilmington, IL 60481. Hunters who want a parking permit for Des Plaines SFWA must call the site office at 815/423-5326 in advance to make an appointment to obtain the permit. Archery deer hunters wanting a parking permit are required to have a 2009 hunting license and habitat stamp.
HEIDECKE NOTE: Bowhunters may pick up their parking permits at the site office and begin scouting in September.
Season runs through Dec. 20
Open to Sora and Virginia only. Season runs through Nov. 13
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.
Northeast Illinois sites now open include Iroquois County SWA, Marseilles SWA, Kankakee River SP, Silver Springs SWFA and Momence Wetlands. Nearly all close Sept. 30.
Hunting season ends March 31, except it is closed during firearm deer seasons in applicable counties. Trapping season ends Sept. 30.
ILLINOIS HUNTING ONLINE
For IDNR hunting info, click here.
For the Illinois 2009-10 Digest of Hunting & Trapping Regulations, click here.
For the 2009-10 Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations, click here.
For the 2008-09 Illinois Public Hunting Areas Report, click here.
For Illinois crop reports (generally posted Monday afternoons, holiday weekends are the exceptions), click here.