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Posted: 14 November 2013 11:59 AM   [ Ignore ]
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After my dad selling our farm, Ive been on 9 hunts and have saw 3 deer. This is insane!!!!!Anyone else having crappy luck???Ive hunted mournings,afternoons,10-2,allday. Ive NEVER struggled so hard to just see deer much less try and fill 2tags….I hope everyone else is having better luck…...

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Posted: 14 November 2013 12:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Me and my family are having the same problem here in central Fulton Co. Early were seeing a lot of young deer but that isn’t happening now either.

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Posted: 14 November 2013 12:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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No Doubt deer numbers are down. The Auto Insurance Lobbyist are contolling that because they have the biggest pocket books. Its up to us to make a change. I personally would never shoot more than I am going to eat in a years time. That goes with any kind of hunting not just deer. I try for 2 a year if a get just 1 so be it. I will eat more hamburger.  I don’t think anyone should be allowed more than 2 a year anyway but I am sure there are a lot of opinions out there and I will respect their opinions as I hope they do mine. I no longer Squirrel hunt because no one in my house will eat them and there are plenty of Squirrels out there.

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Posted: 14 November 2013 03:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Many areas are down but how down is very hit or miss. I hunt 2 properties in central IL 20 minutes away from each other and at one property deer numbers are slightly down, while the other I’m seeing close to 75% LESS deer. There is no doubt that hunters have affected the deer population but in my opinion what we are seeing is a result of EHD.

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Posted: 14 November 2013 06:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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We have also seen ALLOT fewer deer this year.

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Posted: 14 November 2013 08:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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This is the best economy we will see the rest of our lives and the best deer hunting we will see the rest of our lives so enjoy both!

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Posted: 14 November 2013 11:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I’ve filled my archery combo and I think I’m about done taking for the year. Unless it is a wall hanger I’ll pass and enjoy mother nature. No sense in decimating this heard any more than it already has been. Deer sightings are way down for me too here in north central IL.

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Posted: 15 November 2013 07:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Ive shot a doe but don’t plan on shooting anything else unless its a mature buck or a yote!

This is no shocker.  I’ve been shooting one doe a year for 4 years now.  We’ve all seen it coming and those who didn’t were warned.  They’ll fill all their tags this year as well!  There has to be a limit put into place at some point.

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Posted: 15 November 2013 08:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I saw 7 does/young deer last nite.  One mature doe the rest all young, prior to last nite its been awfull - heck last nite I was happy to finally see some deer at all.  Absolutely no bucks.  The trail cams are picking up quite a few young bucks crusing after hours. Nothing like it use to be!

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Posted: 15 November 2013 10:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I have hunted about 15 days on 5 farms in Peoria, Fulton, and McLean county and our numbers are way down.  Not only are we not seeing them in person but not getting them on camera either.  Out of 7 guys we have yet to see a mature buck from the stand on any farm.  Some farms that had 3 or 4 shooters last year have one that we have seen on camera.  We are all in agreement that the does get a free pass this year with the hope the numbers pick up.  I try to get two deer a year but this year I will be buying more beef.

I agree with cuttnstrut, go back to two deer a person and get rid of the slaughter season.  I have said that for the last 3 or 4 years when the numbers were still good.  It is more important now that the numbers are down.  Unfortunately the state is only worried about the money the tags bring in.  It leaves the herd management to us as hunters and know when enough is enough on each farm.

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Posted: 15 November 2013 11:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Seeing deer on trail cam but most after dark. Have a few good ones . I killed a nice 6 point , probably 5 or 6 year old Monday. I am not killing any does at all and am Going out to shotgun hunt for my dad. He passed from colon cancer this last June and I will at least sit in is honor. Here is a question to think about . Since our state is all about the money. If they doubled the tags prices , but only allowed 2 deer a year (archery or shotgun,muzzleloader, and got rid of that STUPID late season!. Would you buy them?. I know the group of its brown its down would throw a hissy fit,there are quite a few around my neck of the woods, as well as some really good guys that only take what they will eat. Just a thought.

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Posted: 15 November 2013 11:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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While anyone would be foolish to deny any form of state-wide overall decline in the deer herd, I think trends in deer numbers are very localized. We actually had a very good season last year in Macon County, despite all the reports of EHD. This year is not as good as last year, but still good compared to years previous. (we bought a fixer-upper property in 2006 and began making improvements over the years). We see does, fawns, yearlings almost every hunt and a few small bucks. Only a few real mature bucks have shown up, mostly on trail cams at night. Not the best hunting season, but can’t complain considering how this property was several years ago.

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Posted: 15 November 2013 12:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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... east central Fulton here… numbers way down.

Only 2 sightings all year of mature does between several hunters and a TON of sits.

We usually see multiple mature does per guy per sit.

We have got 2 mature bucks down, which is great for our property.

But we all agree is because there are no mature does and the bucks are searching high/low for them.

EHD has to be the culprit.. we think our local herd has to be 50% or less of where it’s been last 10 years.

Taint good!

Best of luck all!

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Posted: 15 November 2013 01:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Our numbers are way down as well. I know we had EHD on our farm. Found 5 dead mature does. We didn’t find any bucks but we don’t usually have them on our property until the rut. Just makes me wonder how many of the mature bucks are dead on other people’s property.

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Posted: 15 November 2013 03:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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We had good numbers until a couple weeks ago when our corn got cut and they all moved to neighbors STILL standing corn.  A buddy that hunts the other side of that property watches them come in and out all day, but not to our side.

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Posted: 15 November 2013 08:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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As a NR, we were up in the fine state of Illinois Dec 30-Jan9 and had a great time on “public land”, no guiding for us, no lease, no private land, no one showing us around, we plain and simple “hunt”. We saw deer sporadically, and it all had to do with weather for us. Warmer days, hardly any deer seen, cold front came through, I had 6 really nice bucks within 25 yds in one morning. Yes you may have a reduced herd form EHD, but I believe I’ve stated on this and another web site, the basically unlimited doe tags available over the counter is ridiculous, and contributes much more than NR hunters and EHD. Now we didn’t see that many does in the time we were there, but the number of young bucks I saw was very encouraging to me for yall. I did see 10 nice different bucks, and I mean nice bucks I believe any of you would have taken. Maybe it is just the area we were hunting? And I can say, after 14 years in same area, we heard/saw less coyotes than anytime all the years going. I know some may disagree with me that NR are not the main culprit in the reduced herd. I, my son, and son-n-law respect your state and its laws, and really just enjoy a great time camping and hunting,  looking for the big one. No there is not a biggun behind every tree as some think, but I certainly hope your WLF realizes that unlimited doe tags “will” reduce your herd. I understand from some of your responses, that some take only what they eat, and not try to kill every tag they can get, and I commend you for that. We here in Louisiana have issues we face also, and can’t seem to get our WLF to understand, and it will ultimitley, it seems, be up to us to be the responsible hunters and conservationist to turn things around.

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