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A youngster’s first deer

Wed, October 13, 2010


Youth deer season may not have produced record totals, but it did make for some happy youngsters.

Peter Brandon, 9, of Decatur shot this button buck Sunday during the Illinois youth season.

He made a nice 75-yard shot with his 20-gauge BPS and a 2 3/4-inch slug. “Nice clean shot, the little guy moved about two feet and dropped,” said his father, Dave Brandon.

Peter called while hunting.


And then he walked up on his deer and had a brief moment of uncertainty, according to his father. But that soon passed and he was all smiles.



Crappie fishing red hot at Rend Lake

Tue, October 12, 2010

Talked to my buddy Jason Johns earlier today as he was catching crappie after crappie.

“The fishing is unbelievable right now at Rend Lake,” he said.

I know, I know. Sometimes people think fishing guides just say stuff like that to attract business. Maybe it’s true for some. But Jason is a straight shooter.

For proof today he can point to the 75 fish he cleaned off a four-hour guide trip.

Here’s more on the Rend Lake fishing lake courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.



Reporting glitch for youth deer hunt

Tue, October 12, 2010

Hot weather didn’t help youngsters last weekend during the Illinois youth deer hunt.

The weekend wasn’t very kind to the DNR’s harvesting reporting system, either.

Here’s a note from top deer biologist Paul Shelton explaining the situation.

“We had a glitch in the harvest reporting system during part of the weekend that affected youth hunters trying to report harvest (it didn’t affect archers). Could you do a post telling them we had the problem; that it has been corrected; and if they were unable to register their deer they can go ahead and do so now.  It’s our problem - they don’t have to worry about not getting it reported during the specified time.  We just want to get the data if we missed anyone because of the problem.”

Shelton said he will try to provide preliminary results as soon as possible.

Based strictly on anecdotal evidence from area youngsters, there were not a lot of deer shot in central Illinois. Movement was down due to the heat and, though there were some big bucks spotted, activity was well behind last year’s youth hunt.