. Corn picking and seasons opening lead the Illinois Hunting Report.
Sept. 1 is the true beginning to Illinois hunting with the opening of hunting for doves and early Canada geese.
I will do the preview for doves separately, everything else is here.
Change is coming for hunters around Chicago outdoors. Just as there is much change for farmers compared to last year.
Corn harvest has started in every corner of the state. The crop report said corn was already 2 percent harvested statewide by Sunday.
That will impact hunting for doves and early Canada goose season.
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.
The photo with the lead is Mike Resetich coming back with a black duck on a 2007 hunt along the Illinois River. I like the image.
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FREE UPLAND GAME PERMITS
The deadline to apply for what I think is the coolest hunting program in Illinois, the free upland game sites, is today. Apply online by clicking here.
EARLY CANADA GOOSE
Season is Sept. 1-15. Daily bag is five in the Northeast, North and Central zones; two in the south. At least some fields are being harvested. The heat is not going to help move birds. I would expect slow hunting until the weather changes and more fields are harvested.
Season is Sept. 4-19. Daily bag is four, possession eight. Site super Stan Duzan at Shelbyville SFWA said they were holding some at Lake Shelbyville, but he wasn't sure whether there was enough to hold them for the opener on Saturday.
Once again, the weather change Wednesday and Thursday may move birds, for better or worse. The other problem is lack of food along rivers because of the early summer flooding.
Marseilles SWA opens tomorrow. It is usually Monday through Thursday, but it will be open over the Labor Day weekend. Silver Springs SFWA, Momence Wetlands and Kankakee River SP open the day after Labor Day and run until Sept. 30.
Ed Smith provided a pictorial on how to clean a squirrel for PrairieStateOutdoors.com.
The general season runs through Feb. 15, except it is closed during firearm deer seasons in applicable counties. 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.
Will post the preview separately. Click here for dove preview.
Illinois resident deer hunters are able to purchase 2010 Illinois Archery Deer Hunting Permits (combination archery and antlerless-only archery permits) online at www.dnr.state.il.us/license.html or over-the-counter from DNR Direct permit sale locations throughout Illinois. Archery season opens Oct. 1.
Youth Firearm Deer Hunt: The Illinois Youth Either-Sex Firearm Deer Hunt is Oct. 9-10. Permits for this season are available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. To link to the website, go to www.dnr.state.il.us/license.html. For a list of IDNR and public land sites open for hunting during the youth firearm deer hunt in 2010, go to this link: www.dnr.state.il.us/admin/pdf/YouthDeer2010SitesOpen.pdf.
BOWHUNTING AT PHILIP STATE PARK
Here's another new opportunity later this hunting season to keep in mind. After the close of bowhunting in January, coyote hunting will open at Silver Springs SFWA.
PROPOSED WATERFOWL SEASONS
Youth Hunt Oct. 9-10
Ducks Oct. 16-Dec. 14
Canada geese Oct. 16-Jan. 8
Snow geese Oct.16-Jan. 8
White-fronted geese Oct. 29-Jan. 8
Youth Hunt Oct. 23-24
Ducks Oct. 30-Dec. 28
Canada geese Oct. 30-Nov. 14 and Nov. 24-Jan. 31
Snow geese Oct. 30-Jan. 31
White-fronted geese Nov. 21-Jan. 31
Youth Hunt Nov. 13-14
Ducks Nov. 25-Jan. 23
Canada geese: Nov. 25-28 and Dec. 1-Jan. 31
Snow geese Nov. 25-Jan. 31
White-fronted geese Nov. 25-Jan. 31
ILLINOIS HUNTING ONLINE
For IDNR hunting info, click here.
For the Illinois 2010-11 Digest of Hunting & Trapping Regulations, click here.
For the 2009-10 Illinois Public Hunting Areas Report, click here.
For Illinois crop reports (generally posted Monday afternoons, holiday weekends are the exceptions), click here.