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[NOV. 12, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Deer hunters are gearing up for Illinois' most popular hunting season -- the seven-day firearm deer hunting season scheduled for Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 2-5.

“Interest in deer hunting in Illinois appears to be at an all-time high, and we appreciate the support of hunters participating in our deer seasons,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold. “Hunters play a crucial role in our deer management program, and we wish them a safe and successful season.”

Again this year, hunters with permits for the firearm season may use shotguns, muzzleloading rifles and handguns to harvest deer.

This year, for the first time, permits were issued for firearm deer hunting in the portion of Kane County west of Illinois Route 47. Hunters harvesting deer in Kane County should take their deer to a check station in an adjacent county, as no check station will be available in Kane County for the firearm season.

Hunters who harvest deer in 31 select counties are encouraged to participate in the voluntary sampling for chronic wasting disease conducted at check stations in those counties (see list below). The Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, will collect and test more than 5,000 tissue samples from deer as part of the state's ongoing surveillance program for chronic wasting disease.

New cases detected during and following last year's deer hunting seasons in Illinois brought to 65 the total number of chronic wasting disease cases found in the state since the first was discovered in Illinois deer in Boone County in November 2002. All of the cases found in Illinois to date are from wild deer taken by hunters and wildlife personnel in Boone, DeKalb, McHenry and Winnebago counties in northern Illinois.

Illinois has conducted increased surveillance for the disease since the discovery of deer infected with chronic wasting disease in neighboring Wisconsin during the 2001-2002 season.

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease found in deer and elk. It has been diagnosed in both wild and captive herds in western states for many years. The disease is not known to be contagious to people or livestock.

The 65 deer in Illinois that have been found positive for chronic wasting disease were from more than 10,000 animals tested. All samples were taken from deer harvested by hunters throughout the state and from deer taken in northern Illinois by personnel from the Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Department of Agriculture and local agencies. The sampling results include 34 deer that tested positive for the disease in Boone County, 23 in Winnebago County and four each in DeKalb and McHenry counties.

During the 2004 firearm deer hunting season, sampling for chronic wasting disease will occur at the following county check stations:

  • Boone -- Boone County Fairgrounds, Belvidere

  • Cass -- CCMI Warehouse, Route 78 and125, Virginia

  • Coles -- Department of Natural Resources office, Route 16 west of Charleston

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  • DeKalb -- Shabbona Lake State Park

  • Edgar -- Paris Police Department firearms range

  • Edwards -- Farmer's Packing, near Albion

  • Gallatin -- Patton's Truck Stop, Route 1 and 13 near the community of Junction

  • Grundy -- Gebhard Woods State Park, west of Morris

  • Hamilton -- Hamilton County Conservation Area, near McLeansboro

  • Henderson -- Vancil's Locker Service, Stronghurst

  • Henry -- Johnson Sauk Trail State Park, near Kewanee

  • Jersey -- Sheriff's Dept., Jerseyville

  • Jo Daviess -- Elizabeth Community Building, Elizabeth

  • Kendall -- Silver Springs State Park, Yorkville

  • Lee -- Lilja Tiling Co., Amboy

  • Livingston -- Pontiac Sportsman's Club, Pontiac

  • Logan -- Edward Madigan State Park, Lincoln

  • Marshall -- Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area, Kinmundy

  • Mason -- Havana Fisheries Headquarters, Havana

  • Massac -- Veaches Service Station, U.S. 45 and 145, Metropolis

  • McDonough -- Argyle Lake State Park, Colchester

  • McHenry -- Sportsman's Choice, Route 14 and 47, Woodstock

  • Menard -- New Salem Station, Route 97 south of Petersburg

  • Ogle -- Castle Rock State Park, Oregon

  • Putnam -- Putnam County Natural Lands Area, McNabb

  • Saline -- Strictly Outdoors, Harrisburg

  • Scott -- Little Oil Co., Winchester

  • Stephenson -- Tri--Lake Sporting Goods, Route 20 and 73 south of Lena

  • Wabash -- Beall Woods State Park, Route 1 south of Mount Carmel

  • Warren -- Monmouth Grain and Dryer, Monmouth

  • Winnebago -- Rockford Speedway, Route 173 at Forest Hills

The primary sampling in the 31 counties will be conducted during the first segment of the firearm deer season, Nov. 19-21. Sampling will also be conducted at check stations in Boone, DeKalb, Grundy, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties during the second segment of the firearm deer season, Dec. 2-5.

For more information on state deer hunting regulations, check the 2004-2005 Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations or see http://dnr.state.il.us/admin/systems/Digest/index.htm.

For more information about chronic wasting disease, see http://dnr.state.il.us/cwd/index.htm.

[Illinois Department of Natural Resources news release]

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