BY SAM VAN CAMP
Illinois fishing, hunting and sportsman’s combination licenses for 2013 will be available starting Jan. 21 from DNR Direct license and permit vendors, online through the IDNR website www.dnr.illinois.gov/online/Pages/default.aspx or by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).
The system is available 24 hours a day. The 2013 licenses purchased beginning Jan. 21 will be valid through Mar. 31, 2014 unless otherwise noted.
Deer hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 7,749 deer during the first segment of the 2012-13 Late-Winter/CWD Deer Seasons on Dec. 27-30, 2012. The harvest total represented an 18.3 percent increase over the same portion of the season in 2011-12, despite nine fewer counties being open to those seasons this year. During the 2011-12 Late-Winter/CWD seasons, hunters harvested 6,550 deer from open counties.
The final segment of the Late-Winter/CWD seasons will be conducted on Jan. 18-20, 2013.
Unfilled firearm, muzzleloader, and youth deer permits issued for an open county are valid during that period, provided they were issued for an open county.
For those without those valid unfilled deer permits, permits for the Late-Winter Deer Season and the Special CWD Deer Season are available over-the-counter at DNR Direct license vendors (see below). The top five counties’ harvest for the first segment of the Late-Winter/CWD seasons: Pike (411), Fulton (389), Jo Daviess (351), Adams and Jefferson (tie - 256).
Vermilion County hunters harvested 143 deer compared to 104 during the first segment of last year’s season.
Visit with Illinois DNR staff and learn more about efforts to combat aquatic invasive species, including Asian carp, during the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo, Jan. 24-27 at the Schaumburg Convention Center at I-90 and I-290 (Route 53), Schaumburg. For more information, log on to www.sports-hows.com/chicago/index.html
The cold snap of reality
My wife and I spent last weekend in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. visiting the Smoky Mountains during the winter months for the first time while attending a fishing collectibles show. We basked in 70 degree plus temperatures while there; short-sleeved shirts all day long.
On our return through Louisville on Sunday we noticed the outdoor temperatures were 59 degrees near downtown Louisville but, once we crossed the Ohio River we ran into the nasty cold front that has plagued our area this week. Temperatures on the other side of the river were 15 degrees colder at 44 degrees. We had a trip back to reality.
I am trying to locate information on reports of a cougar reportedly killed recently near Perrysville, Ind. If you have knowledge of this please contact me via e-mail.
Sam Van Camp writes about the outdoors on Fridays and Sundays. Call him at 662-6559. Fax: 446-6648. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org