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As summer comes to a close, Illinois residents are getting closer to deer hunting season and a new law recently signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner is intended to improve safety by adding a new color to hunters' wardrobes.

EHD Outbreak Affecting White-Tailed Deer Population

Sep 23, 2015
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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has confirmed nearly 50 cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in white-tailed deer so far in 2015 and more are expected in the coming months.

TSPR'S Emily Boyer

Spring Lake Park's site supervisor went before the Macomb City Council this week asking for changes to the park's winter offerings. Ryan Hansen of Spring Lake Management took over the property this year from the Macomb Park District.

This winter was the first time archery deer hunting was allowed at Spring Lake Park in Macomb.

Local Food Pantries Adding Deer Meat to the Menu

Nov 16, 2014

The Western Illinois Regional Council is starting up its annual Hunters Helping the Hungry program.

Rules Reviewed for Macomb Archery Deer Hunting

Sep 10, 2014

The city of Macomb is ready for bow hunting season to begin November 1 at Spring Lake Park.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Deer hunters will be able to take aim at Macomb’s Spring Lake this winter.

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A proposal before city council to allow archery deer hunting at Macomb’s spring lake would require a portion of the area’s trail system to close over the winter.

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is dropping the late winter antlerless-only deer season in 20 counties, including Adams and Hancock.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Macomb aldermen are considering a proposal to allow archery deer hunting at Spring Lake.

There could soon be another place to hunt deer in western Illinois

Efforts to reduce the number of deer in Illinois have been so successful that the state plans to reduce the number of hunting permits this year.

IL & IA Face Deer Virus Outbreak for 2nd Year

Nov 21, 2013

A virus that is deadly to deer is being seen in Illinois and Iowa for the second year in a row.

SE IA Deer Hunters Face Tougher Season

Sep 12, 2013

After a better than expected deer hunting season last year, southeast Iowa hunters might have worse luck this year.

IA DNR Seeks Public Input on Hunting Rules

Feb 28, 2013

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold meeting across the state to allow the public to help shape new hunting and trapping regulations for this fall.

In the past, the DNR held meetings after new rules were announced to gauge public opinion.

Illinois is buying 410 acres of land in Pike County and plans to convert it into public hunting grounds.

Governor Pat Quinn said the acquisition is part of the purchase of four sites across the state.

“Our state does not have vast areas of wilderness like some states in the west. We have pockets of wilderness, pockets of nature. And we have to really work very hard, together, to preserve and expand those pockets,” said Quinn.

The four parcels cost the state $2.8 million dollars. The money comes from the "Illinois Jobs Now" capital construction program.

IL Deer Harvest Largely Unaffected by Drought

Jan 28, 2013

One thing the ongoing drought did not seem to affect was the number of deer in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said hunters killed nearly 181-thousand deer, only one thousand less than one year ago.