It was a good year for raising penned pheasants, so there are expanded options for pheasant hunters in this Illinois Hunting Report.
That's Daisy from five years ago in warmer days working on a pheasant during controlled pheasant hunting at Iroquois County SWA.
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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CONTROLLED PHEASANT HUNTING NOTE
Click here for details on expanded controlled pheasant hunting, but the basics are that controlled pheasant hunting season has been extended at Iroquois County SWA until Dec. 26 and hunter quotas have been increased at the Jim Edgar Panther SFWA.
I am curious how the weekend weather impacted harvest during muzzleloader-only season, which ended Sunday. I will post figures, when the IDNR sends them, here on Stray Casts.
The biggest buck taken in Illinois so far is a non-typical arrowed in Clark County, green-scoring in the 240s, according to Tim Walmsley, a blogger at Heartland Outdoors. Click here for a photo and a couple graphs.
Through 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, bowhunters reported a kill of 57, 549.
LATE-WINTER AND SPECIAL CWD DEER PERMITS
County permits for the 2010-11 late-winter antlerless-only firearm deer season and the special CWD deer season will be available over the counter beginning today from DNR Direct permit sale locations throughout Illinois. Season dates are Dec. 30, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011 and Jan. 14-16, 2011. Click here to find a permit sale vendor:
NORTHEAST ILLINOIS DEER NOTE
BUCK OF THE WEEK PHOTOS
Good nominations keep coming. BOTW will have a long run this year. BOTW runs on the outdoors page in the Sun-Times on Wednesdays. I usually post it here on Stray Casts on Tuesday.
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DEER AND HUNGER
Click here for info, including participating processors, on the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger program.
NORTH ZONE WATERFOWL
Even the rivers are icing, just as duck season ends today.
Goose hunting, particularly field hunting, is good to outstanding.
Jeff Norris at Fox Valley Guide Service reported outstanding goose hunting in Kane County over the weekend.
Canada geese, snow geese and white-fronted geese seasons run through Jan. 8.
Where there is open water, there is good to outstanding hunting.
Braidwood (open Wednesday-Sunday) had an outstanding four days last week (Sunday was too windy to hunt) with hunters taking 378 ducks and 103 geese.
Mazonia lakes are locked up.
Our blind at Kankakee River State Park has been iced out since Thursday. We are debating what to try.
Duck season runs through Dec. 28. Hunting for Canada geese, snow geese and white-fronted geese runs through Jan. 31.
WATERFOWLING AT EMIQUON & MERWIN
Considering how much of northern and central parts of the state are locking up, I even heard a report of Canada geese showing up in a more traditional far southern club. It's that kind of winter.
Duck season runs through Jan. 23. The second Canada goose season and snow geese and white-fronted geese seasons run through Jan. 31.
With the snow cover, upland hunters are hitting the fields big time. More snow may be coming on Thursday.
Jan. 11 is the deadline for the second lottery for spring turkey permits for first-time applicants or rejected applicants. Non-residents may begin applying today. Click here to apply.
Through 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, bowhunters had a kill of 620.
Season runs through Sunday.
Season runs through Feb. 15.
Hunting runs through Feb. 28.
MARSEILLES SFWA HUNTING DATES
ILLINOIS HARVEST REPORT
To find daily harvest reports on deer and turkey, click here.
WATERFOWL AERIAL SURVEYS
Click here for the latest posting of Illinois' aerial waterfowl surveys.
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 2010-2011 edition of the Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulation, 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.