The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 29, 2013

Archery deer season set to begin in Illinois on Tuesday

The Commercial-News

---- — Tuesday is the opening of the archery deer season in Illinois and area hunters look forward to this season as it gives them a chance to hunt a big game animal in their area.

Last year, archery deer hunters harvested a preliminary 59,728 white-tails during the season while deer hunters took a preliminary total of 180,728 deer during all four seasons combined.

The laws governing deer hunting in Illinois are very complex when it comes to who needs what and what each of the items you will need will cost you.

One thing for sure, all deer hunters need to have a valid deer permit regardless of other license exemptions. The best way to find out exactly what you need to deer hunt in Illinois is to pick up an Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations for 2013-2014. If you look on pages 7-8 of that publication, you will see exactly what you will need and the cost of each item.

If you have recently moved to Illinois, you must have been a resident 30 days prior to you purchasing an Illinois hunting license.

Remember also that Illinois now has Apprentice Hunter License. This license allows persons 17 years of age and under to go hunting with a parent, grandparent, or guardian who has a valid Illinois resident or non-resident hunting license. Those persons 18 and older will be able to go hunting with any family member or friend who is a validly licensed Illinois resident or non-resident hunter who is 21 years of age or older. A Hunter Safety class is not required for the Apprentice Hunter license.

This license is being issued to allow younger people to try hunting and to see whether or not they like the sport. This is a one-time, non-renewable license for both residents and non-residents.

If you see abuse to any of our wildlife, please report it to the Target Illinois Poachers Hotline at 1-877-236-7529. This system operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As of mid-week, only five percent of Illinois corn had been harvested and this will have an adverse effect on archery deer hunting as big bucks use the standing corn to hide. With the nice weather of this past week and with the forecast predicting the first part of the week to be dry, farmers will get a lot more corn out of the fields, thus helping the archery hunters.

Just a reminder: “let the little ones walk away”; go be a hero doing something else. The little buck you take out this season may well have grown into a trophy in two years.

Bass tourney results

A Lake Vermilion Qualifier Bass Tournament was held Sept. 14th and the results were as follows:

First Place — Don Wolfe/Jim DePratt 3 fish (8.48 pounds)

Second Place — Roger Seibert/Joe Cooke 3 fish (6.67 pounds)

Third Place — Derek Coon/Jake Bowers 3 fish (6.30 pounds)

Fourth Place — Bob Nelson/Rob Caudill 2 fish (5.22 pounds)

Fifth Place — Jim Thomas/Vern Mayberry 2 fish (4.93 pounds)

Big Bass — Rick DePratt 3.96 pounds

The year-end Classic will be held Oct. 5 with 22 teams participating.

Sam Van Camp writes about the outdoors on Fridays and Sundays. Call him at 662-6559. Fax: 446-6648. E-mail: