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Posted: 12 November 2015 01:13 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Just took a peek on DNR’s site and did some number crunching.  Not good.

I really thought harvest numbers would be much better this year, but looks to me like they could be down again.

Herd that bad?  EHD?  CWD?  Fewer hunters? 


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Posted: 12 November 2015 01:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Deer herd is smaller than a few years ago.  I hunt several different places in 3 counties.  I see several deer in some and noticeably less in others.  I hunt 2 places where you have to shoot a doe first so there’s decent numbers in those areas but still less than usual.  Weather has been good, crops are out, hunters are in the woods.  There’s just less deer and less easy deer for the hat pin crowd to slaughter.  I’m seeing probably 1/2 the number of young bucks as I did a couple years ago and they’re normally everywhere this time of year.  It may be different on private ground but the public ground is hurting.

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Posted: 12 November 2015 01:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I hunt several places in two counties.  One spot I hunt has pretty much 0 deer this year, which is odd, but all of the other places seem very normal to me.

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Posted: 12 November 2015 04:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Its going to be YEARS till our herd gets back to normal…..Blue-tongue, Our bogus dnr,the non-limited doe tags….

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Posted: 12 November 2015 11:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Herd here in northern pike is virtually nonexistant . Few small bucks and very few does being seen . Havent laid eyes on a decent buck yet this year and i live and hunt in what used to be one of the best deer hunting areas in the state . Pathetic

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Posted: 13 November 2015 08:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Matt, I know of 2 landowners that are not even hunting their farms this year in pike…....And prob wont next year…....

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Posted: 13 November 2015 08:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Where we hunt in Marion Co. the numbers are about the same as last year.  But they are 25%-50% of what they were 5 years ago.

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Posted: 13 November 2015 09:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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In 20 hunts (morning & night) I have seen 3 deer. It may just be my stand location, its been a good location the last 3 years??. But have only heard of 4 deer taken right around me (10 mile radius). I used to see 10 to 15 does a sit. This year, 1 doe and it was a small one. Never heard of any EHD /Blue Tongue in my area, never found any dead on my land. Guess the deer are evolving and can magically disappear , or maybe there are just hardly any left. I have not shot a doe in 8 years. #waytogoinsurancemoronsandidnr!.

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Posted: 13 November 2015 10:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I welcome anybody that doesnt believe me about our herds condition to come to my house and i will give them a look at what total destruction of a deer herd looks like .

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Posted: 15 November 2015 11:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Took a buddy down to show him a place to hunt yesterday on the public ground and it was like a ghost town.  No tracks, no rubs, no nothing.  This used to be a good spot to see several deer of an evening.  Hit two other spots that weren’t much better.  Seen 2 coyotes while driving around.  It was 12:00-30.  Not looking good

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Posted: 16 November 2015 09:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Due to work and my sons college football on the weekends yesterday afternoon was my first time out to my place for some hunting.My trail cams have not shown much at all,other than a few yearlings.The deer population around my place has been declining and was at it’s worst last year when I only saw one mature buck and 6 deer total in 19 days of hunting.Yesterday one fork and 3 small yearlings is all I saw.Hopefully the coming weeks pick up but I doubt it.

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Posted: 16 November 2015 10:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Around us, the population has severely declined. My husband and I have not killed a deer in a couple of years to get the population up. Unfortunately some neighbors don’t agree with this and shoot anything that walks under their stand. Which brings me to a question, is it legal to shoot deer and give to a landowner for payment for hunting on their property? Thanks

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Posted: 16 November 2015 12:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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As long as the hunter has the permit, not using the landowners, what’s wrong with it?  I think it’s common to share part of what you harvest from the farm with the landowner, or at least make the offer.  While I wouldn’t give a landowner a whole deer, mainly because I rarely have extra deer, but I give the landowners a couple of sticks of summer sausage as a ‘Thank You.’  Too often, the landowner doesn’t get their summer sausage, cuz I ain’t that enthusiastic about deer hunting.  If I get one, I’m usually more than satisfied and cut my efforts way back…preferring to hunt waterfowl.

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Posted: 16 November 2015 02:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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The hunters can “gift” the landowner but you can’t barter or sell wild game harvested in IL. If it’s considered a payment form..it would be a tricky and gray area. If the hunter just gives the landowner the deer in appreciation as a “Thank you gift” and follows the rules regarding same then it shouldn’t be a problem.

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Posted: 16 November 2015 02:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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G is right.  Only as a gift not a “payment”.  I’d gladly give someone deer meat if they let me hunt.  Already processed or a whole deer if that’s what they wanted.

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Posted: 16 November 2015 03:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Yes, that would make it a pay for play operation, which has to be registered with DNR and, as G said would be bartering/selling game.  As we all know, there are numerous unsanctioned operations.  As the landowner and hunter have probably already discussed their agreement, it’s legality, and they should have their stories well rehearsed long before being questioned.  Unless the landowner and hunter are total idiots, they are going to claim “gift,” with no way to prove otherwise.

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