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NO LATE SEASON ! JUST SAY NO TO KILLING A DOE!. WHO’S WITH ME ?.
Posted: 19 December 2013 02:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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I don’t think you can necessarily villify someone based on the number of deer they shoot.  There are a lot of factors that should be taken into consideration such as the amount of land the person controls and the health of the local deer population.  A guy who owns 1000 acres and kills 4 deer probably isn’t having much effect on the local herd.

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Posted: 19 December 2013 03:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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CC…..first of all, let me apologize for saying your opinion was “just plain stupid”.....it’s a personal opinion and lord knows I’ve got mine. So…sorry about that. I agree with you 100% that a lot of people will kill a bunch of deer just to be killing deer and always fall back on the “I donated it” thing.

I do feel that the number of deer a guy kills depends on varying circumstances. My family LOVES deer meat! We process our own, and we eat every bite of it. When usually eat deer meat twice a week in my house (myself, wife and three boys) and to have enough deer meat to do that without running out from one season to the next takes right at four deer (average size). It matters not to me how we get those four deer in the freezer. My oldest son hunts now and if he kills two, I’d like to kill the other two. If he kills four….I’ll be honest and tell you that I’m still going to go out, but will probably trophy hunt.

I guess the honest answer is I don’t NEED any deer to get by. I could go out and buy meat. I just like it. But….to add to that, I wouldn’t kill a number of deer that a herd couldn’t support.

This year my son killed two and I’ve killed two those four deer were taken miles apart from each other. The end result is a happy man till next season.

I will say, the property we hunt in Mclean county was scary low numbers this year.

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Posted: 19 December 2013 05:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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No problem big T. We are all full of personal opinions. I just hope there is a general shift in the hunting population to believe one person shouldn’t have a need to harvest and eat 2 deer per year. Big T, I think that’s awesome your family eats so much venison, my family loves it too. It sounds like your family eats an above average amount of venison and 2 deer per hunter is plenty so really not seems that any more than 2 deer per hunter shouldn’t really be needed if we really care about this whitetail herd. We can all talk till were blue in the face and really don’t ever get to a general agreement. It still seems there are hunters who see the obvious lack of deer but aren’t willing to commit to a serious adjustment int their deer harvest.

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Posted: 20 December 2013 08:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Let the herd grow!  What gets me is that some of the public ground you are required to harvest a doe before you can harvest a buck.  We have all these NR coming here to hunt and most of them are not coming here to shoot does.  If they are hunting the public ground and have a limited time to hunt, they are either forced to kill a doe they may not want or just call and check one in even if they didnt kill one just to get it out of the way.

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Posted: 24 December 2013 08:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Some of the public ground I hunt is doe first   In two different areas

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Posted: 24 December 2013 08:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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I haven’t hunted since before 1st gun season but I’ve been out in the woods and driving around a lot.  The deer are just gone.

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Posted: 27 December 2013 12:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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I’m excited for the Late Season antler-less only weekend!!!!.....But I will have my eyes only set on a mature buck with my Bow.  We are no does so the herd can grow in my group!  Coyotes are definitely not safe!

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Posted: 31 December 2013 10:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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WE are Absolutely adhering to NO does until this population gets healthy once again in our group here in Effingham county.

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Posted: 02 January 2014 08:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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No does for me either the rest of the bow season. We haven’t had a late season in a few years, my lord even the IDNR realizes enough is enough.

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Posted: 28 January 2014 05:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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Illinois game and fish have had some brilliant articles lately.  They must have some serious ties or maybe even the same top notch employees as the superb IL DNR.  As mentioned a couple months ago, IL game and fish had an article that said “the experts expect record deer harvests this year” hahahahahahahah, I am still laughing or maybe its crying about that one! 

This topic of this article is “Better Late than Never” detailing all of the “opportunities” deer hunters have in Illinois.  The first paragraph states:

“With a myriad of hunting seasons in Illinois…...Depending on the weapon and specific area of the state one is hunting, there are between 5 and 7 season opportunities available in Dec and Jan.

Anyways, the big laugher was the picture in this article (if my upload works) its this bad ass dude with his late season doe.  Look close at his hat, he is one proud dude!  What a bad ass you are Dan Stefanich from Joliet!!

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Posted: 05 February 2014 12:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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Steve Sarley had a very interesting article in the latest copy of Illinois Outdoor News.  He said the DNR would send weekly deer harvest totals to the outdoor writing community.  He says that after the trends started to show steep declines, DNR decided to no longer share the information with the writing community.  Unbelievable.

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