Youth Deer Season Successful for 3 First-timers; Sets New Record

The 2012 Youth deer season will stand as a rite of passage for at least three young Illinois hunters. Collin Dannheim, Kyle Stefanich and Jimmy Zitnik all harvested their first deer this past weekend during the 2-day Illinois youth firearm deer season. They share a common bond with over 3,100 other young men and women across the state who also scored. Collin 12, took his buck on Saturday, opening day. Jimmy, 12, struck next with a huge bodied buck his dad estimated to be at least 4.5 years old. And Kyle, 14, rolled a nice six pointer at 5:46 on Sunday, the last afternoon. Practice, dedication and patience paid off for these fine young men.

The 2-day Season (October 6-7) concluded Sunday with a preliminary reported harvest of 3,114 deer, shattering the previous year's total of 1,853. It even eclipsed the previous record of 2,409 deer taken during the 2009 Youth Season.

A big kudos needs to go out to the parents and grandparents of all the kids that hunted this past weekend. The youth season, dedicated to hunters under the age of 16, is a fantastic way to introduce kids to deer hunting. In my opinion, the only rush better than taking a deer is seeing one of your kids do it. Let's keep the tradition and our hunting heritage alive!

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