BY SAM VAN CAMP
The Illinois youth wild turkey season again provided an excellent opportunity for young hunters to spend time outdoors with a mentor, and 923 birds were harvested during the 2013 youth season. The season dates were March 30-31 for the south zone and April 6-7 for the north zone.
The record for the youth season was set last year with 1,300 wild turkeys harvested. This year 4,468 youth turkey permits were issued, including 112 for special hunt areas. This compares with 4,100 last year including 131 for special hunt areas.
“Good weather for much of the season certainly helped, and we are hopeful that the better year for turkey reproduction last year was also a factor,” said Paul Brewer, Illinois Wild Turkey Project Manager. “The spring of 2012 was the first dry one we had in many years, after cold and wet springs in previous years had suppressed survival of young turkeys. An early hatch also helped turkey broods make it through the stress of summer drought in good shape.”
There were eight turkeys taken in Vermilion County this season compared to 13 in 2012,
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has scheduled a series of open houses for the public to ask questions and receive information about Illinois’ deer herd this June.
IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources staff will be on hand at each meeting to discuss the deer management program, hunting regulations, and surveillance/management of chronic wasting disease.
The meeting closest to the Danville area will be June 5 at the Champaign County Farm Bureau Auditorium at 801 Country Fair Dr. in Champaign. The public is invited to attend the open house from 4 – 7 p.m.
An organizational meeting of those people interested in saving the two Danville dams, one behind the Public Safety Building and one at Ellsworth Park, will be held tomorrow evening at the Danville Knights of Columbus Hall at 6 p.m.
Has anyone seen any hummingbirds as yet? Also, any big mushroom finds? Please answer by e-mail as trying to catch me on the telephone this time of the year is like trying to catch the wind. Fish On!
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