reminded to keep safety in mind as firearm deer season resumes
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[December 05, 2008]
SPRINGFIELD -- Hunters in
Illinois are reminded to exercise caution and safe hunting practices
as they return to the field for the conclusion of the seven-day
Illinois firearm deer season this week -- and the upcoming
muzzleloader-only, late-winter and special CWD deer seasons in the
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Law
Enforcement and Safety Education Section report that hunters enjoyed
a relatively safe first weekend of the firearm deer season, Nov.
21-23. No firearm-related hunting accidents were reported in the
state. Four deer hunting-related tree-stand accidents, including one
in Shelby County in which the hunter died, were reported during the
first firearm weekend.
"Hunters need to be vigilant about firearm safety at all times,
especially when transporting their firearms, moving them into and
out of tree stands, and whenever they are in the field," said Jeff
Hopkins, administrator of the IDNR Safety Education Section. "While
we had only a few tree-stand accidents during the first weekend of
the firearm season, most tree-stand mishaps are preventable if
hunters make sure their stand is structurally sound and they always
wear a fall-arrest system full body harness."
The 2008-09 Illinois
deer hunting seasons continue with the second segment of the firearm
season this weekend, Dec. 4-7.
During the first segment of the firearm season, hunters in
Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 71,894 deer. The top
county harvest totals were Pike with 2,194, Adams 1,900, Fulton
1,878, Randolph 1,770 and Jefferson with 1,650.
Other Illinois firearm deer hunting opportunities are the
muzzleloader-only deer season, Dec. 12-14; the late-winter
antlerless-only deer season in select counties, Jan. 16-18 (permits
were issued previously for each of these seasons); and the special
chronic wasting disease deer season in Boone, DeKalb, McHenry and
Winnebago counties, and in Kane County west of Illinois Route 47,
which is also scheduled for Jan. 16-18 (permits available over the
counter through DNR Direct license vendors in those counties
beginning in mid-December). The Illinois archery deer season
concludes Jan. 15.
Department of Natural Resources file received from the
Illinois Office of Communication and Information]