IDNR Planning Deer Hunting Changes for 2014-2015


By WSIL Manager
By Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Illinois officials plan to revise deer population objectives for 41 counties beginning with this year's hunting season.
Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller says a two-year review shows that the counties should shift from deer reduction to maintaining or increasing the herd.
Officials manage the state's deer herd by county and state population goals in order to reduce conflicts between deer and people - such as automobile accidents and crop damage. They also want to ensure deer health.

During the past two years, 11 Illinois counties have been closed to the late winter antlerless deer season. IDNR says there may be more county closures during the 2014-2015 late winter season.

Officials say "permit quota reductions" may also occur in other firearm seasons.
In addition to those possible changes, IDNR is asking hunters to participate in an online survey that asks if the department should eliminate all over-the-counter firearm permits for everyone except hunters under the age of 16 and if the first firearm season should be changed from the current Friday-Sunday to a Saturday-Monday season.


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