Deer Hunt

5 things to know about (Illinois) deer hunting season

by Tracy Moss, The News Gazette  |  published on November 21, 2013

Gentlemen, and ladies, load your shotguns. Illinois’ firearm deer season is almost here.

Friday through Sunday, and another four days in December, hunters like Marci Rife, 24, of Rossville, and her dad, Doug Rife, will be pulling on their camouflage and trudging into the woods with high hopes of getting a shot at a buck or doe, maybe both.

In preparation, here are five things you should know about deer hunting in East Central Illinois.

1. The legal hunting season is the best way to control the white-tail deer population in Illinois, according to the UI Extension and Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

If deer numbers are kept in check, it means less crop damage, less destruction of trees and other plants in yards, and fewer collisions with vehicles on the roads.

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