There are so many rules and regulations in deer hunting that it made me think? What is it that we really want here in Illinois?
We add days for gun season and some like it while others absolutely hate it. We extend the season and same story…some love it and some hate it. Some love crossbows, while others cringe when politicians talk about them. I could go on and on about hunting disagreements. Personally, I think it comes down to acceptance. Please don’t misunderstand me, if a certain regulation will harm our deer herd, then it goes beyond simple acceptance. However, I have the feeling that some of us just aren’t that accepting of how others hunt.
For me, I really don’t care how people hunt as long as it’s a legal method. Though I do gun hunt, I am mainly a bowhunter. If gun deer season in Illinois were completely eliminated, sure, there would be more deer for me to bowhunt…a lot more. If bowhunting were completely eliminated, the deer would be much less pressured come gun season.
Without getting into specifics, when I hear of a new reg for Iowa or Missouri, everyone in Illinois seems to love it. Sometimes I wonder though, how would we react if that same reg were put in place here in Illinois? We always seem to think that every other state is so much better than ours. The grass is always greener… I think the only thing we all agree on is that too many deer tags are sold every year, especially NR tags. As far as I can tell, many of the states that we Illinois hunters envy when it comes to management, also allow baiting. If baiting were allowed here in Illinois this web site would explode. There seems to be a lot of management envy when it comes to Iowa, but every hunting show I see on the tube from Iowa, most of their trail camera pictures appear to be taken in front of a bait pile.
I’m not a huge fan of the IDNR, but sometimes I must admit, I feel sorry for them. Well that may be an overstatement, but you know what I mean. They can’t seem to win no matter what they do. For me, I don’t really care what they say. As long as it’s legal, I’ll hunt my way. I’m not talking about the obvious problems with the IDNR like hiring politicians instead of biologists or misuse of funds. I’m simply talking about actual hunting regulations. Season dates, bag limits, that type of thing.
So what would your regulations look like if it were all up to you? I’m curious.
Oh, and by the way, this year’s opening day is on a Saturday. I wonder what the kill numbers will be for opening day?