IDNR Announces Changes for 2014-2015 Deer Hunting Seasons
Twenty additional counties removed from late-winter season: permits reduced for some counties
I received this infnormation from Chris Young of the IL DNR. In that there are some changes in the 2014/2015 deer hunting seasons I feel it's necessary to share there with the many Illinois deer hunters out there.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller announced changes to the 2014-2015 deer hunting seasons today, including the removal of 20 additional counties from the late-winter season and a reduction in the number of firearm permits available in some counties. IDNR biologists made recommendations for the coming season following a review of deer hunting harvest numbers, deer-vehicle accident data, a survey of Illinois deer hunters, hemorrhagic disease reports and other factors.
“Solid science is the basis of our deer program,” said IDNR Director Miller. “These changes reflect our commitment to professional management of the state’s deer population to provide recreational opportunity while being mindful of public safety and the rights of property owners.”
In 2008, the IDNR began using trends in the rate of deer-vehicle accidents (DVA) as an index of deer population status in each county and adopted a specific objective for each county based on accident rates. Those initial objectives for each county were set at the point halfway between the lowest and highest rates occurring in that county between 1994 and 2007. IDNR’s statewide target called for a 14 percent reduction in accident rate from the peak observed in 2003, but individual goals and the changes needed to reach them varied widely by county. That statewide goal was first reached in 2012, but some counties still remain above goal.