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Posted: 05 April 2014 02:58 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Curious if anyone knows why ill dnr only gives the kids 2days to try and kill a turkey? Youd think they would give them the full season…

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Posted: 05 April 2014 06:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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so they have to buy more permits…..

Why don’t they give all of us the full season to try and kill a turkey?  I wish they would cut the limit to one or two birds per hunter….and give us 4 weeks to fill our tag.  I know we aren’t the only state that does it this way, but I know we are one of the very few.

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Posted: 05 April 2014 07:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Because they don’t want them skipping school would be my bet. 
The recent proposal to change opening day of shotgun deer season from Friday to Saturday, then run thru Monday, came from school administrators.  They figured that by Monday many kids would have deer or be burned out, thus would not miss school on Monday.
Also, at one time, states could get an extra 5 days of waterfowl season if opening day was mid week…the logic being that not as many hunters would be out mid week, so by the weekend the local ducks would be educated…thus, kills would be lower in the first week and that would justify the extra 5 days.  I do know that schools administrators screamed like mashed cats about that.  Whether it was the administrators or perhaps the scenario of reduced early kills didn’t pan out, but it was only around a couple of years.

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Posted: 06 April 2014 06:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Bw the reason the state does the split season is two fold. The first is to limit the amount of hunting and pressure per season. I agree with this part because hunting public ground with our limit resources would be aweful. You’d have 50 hunters chasing one bird. The second reason is $. Three tags equals 45 dollars. 1 or 2 tags is much less.

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Posted: 06 April 2014 09:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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There is no doubt about the money having something to do with it.

But the split seasons to reduce pressure is a reason I’ve never completely agreed with.  I can see a few scenarios where that would be the case.  But as far as I know, many public hunting areas control the number of hunters they have on a property at one time anyway.  And if we changed to a month long season, and they didn’t already control who was there, and when….then it would be a good time to start.  Some of the best public deer hunting in IL is had on a lottery type basis.  You go apply for a time slot to hunt that property.  They hold a lottery to see who gets drawn for what predetermined period, and this manages the pressure on the property.

Around here, we hunt mostly private ground.  Most of the guys want 2nd or 3rd season.  So we all end up chasing the same birds, on the same day, anyway.  Since several guys only get to hunt weekends it can make for very crowded hunting.  To me, that would be avoided by opening the season up to 4 weeks.  Not to mention the weather factor.  So you only have weekends to hunt?  A storm system rolled through on your weekend, you say?  TOUGH, YOU’RE SCREWED!!!!  So you have to buy more permits to up your odds.

This would help the youth hunters too.  They wouldn’t need to miss school if they have 4 weekends to fill their tag.

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