Changes to deer hunting season

deer-featuredIllinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller announced changes last week to the 2014-15 deer hunting season, including the removal of 20 additional counties from the late-winter season and a reduction in the number of firearm permits available in some counties.

IDNR biologists made recommendations for the coming season following a review of deer hunting harvest numbers, deer-vehicle accident data, a survey of Illinois deer hunters, hemorrhagic disease reports and other factors. β€œSolid science is the basis of our deer program,” Miller said. In Monroe County, there will be 300 fewer permits issued for main firearm season. The late winter antler-less season will continue unchanged.

In Randolph County, there will be no changes to the main firearm season. But unlike in previous years, Randolph County will not have a late winter antler-less season.

St. Clair County, like Randolph County, will also not have any changes to the number of permits issued for the main firearm season. But they will not have a late winter antler-less season either.

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