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Posted: 21 November 2013 03:34 PM   [ Ignore ]
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The temps look exciting to me.  Good luck to everyone getting out this weekend.  It might start off wet, but its gonna end frozen.

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Posted: 22 November 2013 06:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Super curious to hear what everyone is seeing, Good luck boyz and girls…...

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Posted: 22 November 2013 07:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Seen 1 doe this morning about 9. Let her walk , don’t want to shoot any does this year. At 3:05 pm had 2-does 1-8 point and a crazy 3 brow tine on the left side buck come out of my woods at 50 yards. Was going to shoot the weird 3 brow tine buck,but in the mean time the 2 does went past me and winded me and he was chasing the 8 point away. Looks like tomorrow will be a cold cold windy one so I might pass…. oh this was Knox county and heard maybe 10 shots all day.Had to have at least one guy north of me shoot 3 times and must load fast because 2 more came pretty quick.

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Posted: 22 November 2013 08:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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seen a little 8pt this morning and a spike and yearling this afternoon in macoupin things were pretty quiet today hunt tomorrow then staunton high school football in the afternoon first time ever in the semifinals go bulldogs good luck to everybody tomorrow

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Posted: 22 November 2013 11:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I sat all day today,  seen 4 deer.  This was the slowest opening day i have seen in a long time.  I didnt hear many shots.  I was in Perry County.

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Posted: 23 November 2013 09:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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So far I’ve only received 1 pic.  Normally I’ve got 10 or 12 by now.  Gonna be interesting to hear the numbers

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Posted: 23 November 2013 11:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Hunted all day Friday saw 1 lil buck,did not go sat morning with wind forcast, will go sat afternoon and all day Sunday. Anxious to see the numbers this year. I’m sure the Dnr will blame it on the wheather as usual.

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Posted: 23 November 2013 03:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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It will be very interesting to see the numbers. It’s shocking how little of shooting there has been. Definitely the slowest I’ve heard ever heard during shotgun and most I’ve talked to haven’t seen many.

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Posted: 24 November 2013 08:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I was forced to sit this one out,  but my hunting partner said opening day was slow but things picked up a bit Saturday—LaSalle County public land.  Haven’t heard today’s report.

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Posted: 24 November 2013 11:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I hunted in Montello, Wisconsin this weekend.  I have been going up there for the past 25+ years with family and friends.  Saturday I did not see a deer.  Today I saw one doe for about 1.5 seconds.  Something spooked her as I was grabbing my gun and she bolted.  I am really disapointed about not seeing many deer and hardly heard many shots both days.  I will be hunting JoDaviess County for the second season.  Hopefully I will have better luck.  Hopefully others will as well.  Doesn’t sound too promising thus far…

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Posted: 25 November 2013 10:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Hunted in Peoria county Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning.  Saw a total of 4 yotes and 3 deer.  We usally se3 10-15 each morning AND afternoon.  Switched to McLean county last night and saw two small bucks and one doe.  We aren’t shooting any does on any of the properties we hunt this year. We will whack a small buck this year for meat because they seem more plentiful.  I am still greatful I can sit out there and enjoy mother nature though.

I agree with the others that have been posting on here, get rid of the unlimited tags.  Go back to a limit and get rid of that blasted late slaughter season.  Bad news is the govt only cares about the money coming in.

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Posted: 25 November 2013 11:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Shelton never fails:

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/outdoors/23765149-452/deer-seasons-greetings-in-illinois.html

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Posted: 25 November 2013 03:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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A few days ago, I asked Paul Shelton if he worried that Illinois might be slipping from being the top destination.

‘‘No,’’ said Shelton, forest wildlife program manager. ‘‘There has always been a wide range of places you can go if you want a trophy. Illinois has been a major player in that. While it is nice to have those sorts of accolades, that is not a major reason of why we are in the business.’’

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This is either stupid or wrong.  Either is bad news.  Every hunter I speak with talks of a severely declining deer herd, yet the man behind the office door claims “all is well.”  The best biologists Illinois has are it’s concerned hunters.  For once, Mr. Shelton, just once, please listen to us.

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Posted: 25 November 2013 04:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Well guys, I hope your Mr Shelton realizes that your herd is in decline before its too late. I’m a NR, but started public land hunting your great state in 1999. From that point up till 2011, we always, always, saw many deer, including some major bucks each year. But in 2011, 2012, & 2013, numbers were way down on seeing bucks & does. I mean we went from seeing 150-170 deer down to total of 25-30 for last three years. That is significant no matter how Mr. Shelton wants to add it up. I’ve stated before in other post, the unlimited tags is the major concern with your numbers; taking unlimited does “will” reduce your herd size with the EHD & coyotes taking a toll also. Here’s hoping each of you get a nice buck for the year.

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Posted: 26 November 2013 10:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Kinda scary to hear how poor of a weekend almost everyone had.  This may be what it takes to make a change though.  We will see…

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Posted: 27 November 2013 02:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Is it me, or is the dnr a little slow in releasing the first gun season numbers this year…maybe the abacus they use doesn’t go that low:-)

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