. Ridiculously fast crop harvest leads the Illinois Hunting Report.
Crop harvest continues at a ridiculous pace, corn was 38 percent complete by Sunday night statewide and even soybean harvest was 10 complete. Compare that to last year when only one percent (that's 1) of the corn was harvested and soybeans were at zero (that's 0) percent harvested.
Things in the field are vastly different this year. I am very curious to see if bowhunting for deer hunting takes off on a record pace.
Otherwise, we are that lull waiting for bowhunting for deer and turkey to open on Oct. 1.
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.
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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BUCK OF THE WEEK PHOTOS
Maybe because it is the lull before bowhunting for deer opens Oct. 1, but when I get a few photos stockpiled for BOTW, I will begin running it Wednesdays on the Sun-Times outdoors page and Tuesdays here on Stray Casts. E-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Random daily drawings for firearm/muzzleloader deer permits are underway.
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.
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. 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 www.dnr.state.il.us/admin/pdf/YouthDeer2010SitesOpen.pdf.
Random daily draws for fall shotgun permits started Monday. Bowhunting starts Oct. 1.
Birds are dispersed with the rapid harvest, however, some fields are holding them. One field I passed last night held dozens of doves on the wire. It was a field where the combine had just gone through. The first season continues through Oct. 31.
In northeast Illinois, squirrel hunting is open at Iroquois County SWA, Matthiessen SP, Marseilles SWA (Monday-Thursday), Silver Springs SFWA, Momence Wetlands and Kankakee River SP. I think all of them 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.
Sora and Virginia only are legal. Season runs through Nov. 12. Daily limit is 25.
Season runs through Dec. 19. Daily bag is eight.
WATERFOWL AERIAL SURVEYS
Click here for the latest posting of Illinois' aerial waterfowl surveys.
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
Season ends Sept. 30.
COYOTES AT SILVER SPRINGS
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.
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.