Illinois Hunting Report, first for the 2010-11 season.
Leading items are the release of the Illinois Public Hunting Areas Report for 2009-10 season and the hunting season opening for squirrels.
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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ILLINOIS PUBLIC HUNTING AREAS REPORT
I always find this document fascinating. I received my hard copy over the weekend and the online version is now posted here.
It's harvest data and more for the 194 sites the IDNR managed for public hunting during the 2009-10 hunting season.
The season opened Sunday. I suspect the heat and thick foliage will keep both effort and success down for awhile.
Hunting is already open at Iroquois County SWA. It opens Sept 1 (Monday through Thursday) at Marseilles. Silver Springs SFWA, Momence Wetlands and Kankakee River SP open the day after Labor Day and run until Sept. 30.
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.
Season opens Sept. 1. I don't know about others, but I am seeing a ton of doves on wires already. Not sure if it is related to the good growing season or just a fluke.
From the IDNR:
Non-Resident Archery Deer Permits: Remaining 2010 Illinois Non-Resident Archery Deer Combination Permits (one either-sex and one antlerless only) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. CDT on Tues., Aug. 3. Hunters may purchase remaining permits over the counter from an IDNR license and permit agent, through the DNR Direct Online License and Permit system at www.dnr.state.il.us/license.html or by calling toll-free 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). All non-resident hunters who applied for a combination archery permit during the June 2010 application period will receive their permit in the mail by mid-August.
Resident Archery Deer Permits: Illinois resident deer hunters will be 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 beginning Aug. 3. The archery deer season opens Oct. 1.
Firearm Deer Permits: Deer hunters are reminded that Aug. 16 is the deadline to apply for the second lottery for resident and non-resident Illinois firearm and muzzleloader deer permits for the 2010 season. To apply online, go to www.dnr.state.il.us/license.html.
Youth Firearm Deer Hunt: The Illinois Youth Either-Sex Firearm Deer Hunt is Oct. 9-10. Permits for this season will be available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors beginning Aug. 3. 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.
From the IDNR: Fall Firearm Turkey:
The deadline to apply for the second lottery for 2010 Illinois fall shotgun turkey permits is Aug. 23. Hunters can apply online through DNR Direct or with an application form available through the IDNR website at www.dnr.state.il.us.
EARLY CANADA GOOSE
Season is Sept. 1-15. Daily bag is five in the Northeast, North and Central zones; two in the south.
Season is Sept. 4-19. Daily bag is four, possession eight.
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.