I picked up a box turtle while mowing a lawn this week. I carried the turtle from the street to a wooded area behind the house. It wasn’t in a big hurry so I watched it for awhile and then it slowly meandered into the trees.
I hadn’t seen a box turtle for quite some time and had heard of groups of them being found dead several years back. I never did read why they were dying but, as with the hemorrhagic disease that has reduced our deer herd, nature seems to find a way to reduce populations.
I used to find large numbers of box turtles while mushroom hunting and I would always pick them up and admire them and then let them go on their way. These turtles can live for quite some time, many being near or over one hundred years old.
Box turtles are really peaceful members of the outdoor community so enjoy them but let them walk away and enjoy life. It is as precious to them as yours is to you.
Resident and non-resident deer hunters can apply for the second lottery drawing for 2014 Illinois Firearm Deer and Muzzleloader-only Deer permits. The deadline to apply for the second lottery is June 30. Illinois resident hunters who applied in the first lottery for firearm and muzzleloader permits can check their permit status online on the IDNR Web site at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer/Pages/OnlineDeerPermitInquirySystem.aspx For information on deer hunting, check the Web site at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer
The online lottery application period is open through June 30 for Non-Resident Illinois Archery Combination Deer permits for the 2014-15 deer season. Non-resident hunters can apply online through a link available at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer/Pages/Non-ResidentArcheryDeerHunting.aspx