I did a story on a 100-year-old hunter in northern Indiana, and it made me wonder if anybody knows of a hunter that old in Illinois, a question for a week when waiting and prepping leads the Illinois Hunting Report.
What I mean by waiting is a lot of hunters are waiting for the scene above, a view from the deer stand, with archery season opening on Oct. 1. The photo above happens to be opening day of firearm season from my deer stand last year.
BTW, if you happen to know a 100-year-old Illinois hunter, drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of Sunday, according to the Illinois Crop Progress and Condition Report, corn harvest was at 11 percent statewide, but was holding at 1 percent in the northeast and was only 4 percent in the northwest.
The opening of archery hunting for deer is less than two weeks away.
During the hunting seasons, the extended online version of the IHR, which appears most weeks during the hunting season in the outdoors page of the Sun-Times on Wednesdays, is usually posted here on Tuesdays. I am late today.
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The wait and practicing is on in full force for the opening of archery deer season on Oct. 1. . . . I am still considering running trail cam photos as a sort of prelude or kick off for BOTW, the celebration of big bucks bagged by hunters. Usually I don't start running BOTW until about the time of the rut, but I may reconsider that this year.
BOTW runs Wednesdays around the hunting seasons and BOTW: Unplugged, the weekly celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, on Sundays much of the year on the outdoors page in the Sun-Times. E-mail nominations for either one to firstname.lastname@example.org
. . . Random daily draws for deer permits run through Oct. 3. . . . Resident and non-resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are available over-the-counter only from DNR Direct license and permit vendors.
Seeing some doves. Haven't heard or seen much effort by hunters. First season runs through Oct. 31. . . . Second season is Nov. 5-13.
In northeast Illinois, Silver Springs SFWA, Kankakee River SP and Iroquois SWA are open through September for squirrel hunting.
Got my permit on the day that I wanted when I remembered to apply in the second lottery last week. Hope the timing is right for birds to be flying then. . . . The third lottery deadline for the Illinois 2011 Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit program runs through Sept. 27. All initial applications must be made online at www.dnr.illinois.gov/duck or www.dnr.illinois.gov/goose.
Youth waterfowl hunt application period runs through Oct. 1. Click here.
Archery deer and turkey permits are on sale over-the-counter.
The Fall Shotgun Turkey Permit Random Daily Drawings run through Sept. 26.
Trapping season runs through Sept. 30.
Virginia and Sora only. Season runs through Nov. 11.
Season runs through Dec. 18.
Season is Oct. 15-Nov. 28.
Season is Oct. 28-Feb. 28, 2012.
ILLINOIS HUNTING ONLINE
For IDNR hunting info, click here.
For the Illinois 2011-12 Digest of Hunting & Trapping Regulations, click here.
For the 2010-11 Illinois Public Hunting Areas Report, click here.
The 2011-12 edition of the Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulation is now online, click here.
For Illinois crop reports (generally posted Monday afternoons, holiday weekends are the exceptions), click here. After holidays, such as Labor Day, it comes out on Tuesday.