"Illinois has a great hunting heritage and the firearm deer season
is anticipated anxiously by hunters each fall. We want to encourage
hunters to make safety a priority and enjoy their time afield," said
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller.
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 99,493 deer
during the seven-day firearm deer hunting season in 2009. More than
370,000 permits have been issued for this year's firearm deer season
so far. For information on remaining permits, check the IDNR website
at this link:
The legal hunting hours for the firearm deer season are from a
half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset.
In most counties, hunters successful in taking a deer during the
firearm season must register the deer they harvest online through
the IDNR website at
Pages/HarvestReporting.aspx or by phoning 1-866-IL-CHECK
(1-866-452-4325). Hunters using the online or phone-in system must
register their harvest by 10 p.m. on the day they take the deer. It
is recommended that hunters using cellular phones to register their
harvest wait until they are out of the field and have a clear cell
phone signal before attempting to make the harvest report phone
Firearm deer hunters in Boone, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, LaSalle,
McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties are reminded to
bring their deer to mandatory check stations by 8 p.m. on the day
they harvest a deer. Biologists will sample adult deer for chronic
wasting disease to determine areas of infection and prevalence
rates. The check station locations are the same as last year and are
Boone: Boone County
Fairgrounds, one-half mile north of Route 76 and Business Route
Lake State Recreation Area, 4201 Shabbona Grove Road, Shabbona
Woods State Park, 401 Ottawa St., Morris
Kane: Shabbona Lake
State Recreation Area, 4201 Shabbona Grove Road, Shabbona
Rock State Park, three miles west of Ottawa on Dee Bennett Road
Hills State Park, McHenry Dam day-use area, east of McHenry on
River Road, 2.2 miles south of Route 120
Ogle: Castle Rock
State Park, Route 2, three miles south of Oregon
Stephenson County Fairgrounds, one mile east of Route 26 and
Fairgrounds Road, Freeport
Winnebago: Rock Cut State Park (hunters
should use the Route 173 entrance and follow the signs)
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Hunters who participate in the sampling for chronic wasting
disease can check the status of their deer through the IDNR website
at http://dnr.state.il.us/cwd/. Hunters who provide samples from
deer that test positive are notified by the IDNR.
While not believed to be contagious to humans or livestock,
chronic wasting disease is known to spread from animal to animal
among deer and elk. The disease affects the brain of infected
animals, causing them to become emaciated, display abnormal
behavior, lose coordination and eventually die. Illinois expanded
its CWD surveillance effort in 2002 following the discovery of the
disease in neighboring Wisconsin.
For more information on Illinois deer hunting regulations, check
the IDNR website at this link:
Hunting safety facts:
requires that anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, must
successfully complete a hunter safety course before a regular
Illinois hunting license is issued.
The No. 1 cause of
hunting accidents in Illinois is falling from a tree stand.
Last year in Illinois, there were 22
reported hunting accidents, and 14 involved tree stands (one
When using a tree stand, remember the following:
stands before climbing to make sure they are secure.
Wear a fall arrest
system or full-body safety harness when leaving the ground until
returning to the ground from the tree stand.
Use a haul line to raise and lower your
equipment and unloaded firearm or bow into a tree stand.
When hunting with a firearm, sportsmen should remember three
primary rules of firearm safety:
Know your target
and what is beyond your target.
Point the muzzle
in a safe direction.
Treat every firearm as if it were
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