Illinois Deer News

Galena deer panel targeting impartiality? August 27, 2015 Illinois, Dubuque Telegraph Herald
... Three of the committee's five members, however, signed their names to a petition in support of culling deer within the city... Citing a lack of manpower, the city in February suspended its controversial deer-culling program, drawing applause from residents who packed the council chamber to get an update and voice their opposition to the short-lived program...

DNR to hold chronic wasting disease informational meeting August 26, 2015 Illinois, Journal Standard
... at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2. at the Elizabeth Community Building, 111 E. Myrtle St.
CWD is an always-fatal neurological disease that is threatening the long-term health of white-tailed deer in Illinois ...

CWD remains serious point of concern in Midwest deer herd June 29, 2015 Illinois, Outdoor News 
... There were 59 cases of CWD confirmed during FY2014 – the most ever recorded since DNR [Illinois] began filing the reports in 2003. The state sampled 7,432 deer during FY2014, down from the 8,069 sampled in FY2013 and the 8,203 sampled in FY2012. The 59 cases came from 13 counties...

In late 2014 and early 2015, SHARK secretly video documented a deer kill in the Forest Preserve District of Will County, Illinois. Disturbing images in the documentation led us to call for an independent investigation. The District refused. What happens when a government body resists calls for an independent investigation? Not much June 4, 2015


Deer hunting rules changes in works June 3, 2015 Illinois, Northwest Herald
...Many Illinois deer hunters hold an intrinsic distrust for anything the IDNR says or does ...  proposal, which would eliminate over-the-counter antlerless permits for non-residents ... The real firestorm lies in the second proposal that would put a limit on the number of whitetails that an archery hunter can take in a season...

New director, new deer herd? May 30, 2015 Illinois, Paris Beacon News
... elimination of selling antlerless deer permits over the counter to non-residents... There was no way that hunters were traveling from all over the country to one of the top trophy deer states in America to shoot does... the combination of unlimited doe permits, hunters hunting without having to have an antlered tag to purchase, and disease has really set our state back on its heels, but we aren’t the only ones troubled by a couple of declining (some would say poor) deer seasons...

Deer reg changes proposed May 27, 2015 Illinois, Chicago Sun-Times
... . Bag limit: Below, please find a link to a survey that asks deer hunters their opinion on establishing a bag limit on archery deer hunters. This survey is open to all deer hunters... You can find the hunter survey on bag limits here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KMJMQVG. The survey is open now, and will close on Monday, June 9, 2015.

The kind of deer study Illinois hunters would endorse May 11, 2015 Illinois, Outdoor News
...  it's seemed impossible to get a handle on just how many deer are roaming Illinois. It's obvious the number is down compared to 10, 5 or even 3 years ago...

Will County to monitor deer culling more closely May 8, 2015 Illinois,Chicago Tribune
... agreed to a few recommendations made by SHARK ... In addition to having a supervisor on site to monitor that sharpshooters adhere to rules and regulations, the forest preserve staff also agreed to verify whether a deer is still alive after being shot and will expand its reporting to note any second shots needed to kill a deer...

A Piece of Our History:  Illinois may have an open deer season May 1, 2015 (article from January 13, 2957) Daily American News
... The 1957 Illinois Legislature will be asked to authorize an open hunting season for deer in the state for the first time since 1900 ... a census of deer population in the state indicates almost 15,000 deer ... 

Animal carcass pile used by Illinois DOT for roadkill April 29, 2015 Illinois, Quad City Times
... "The Illinois Department of Transportation was relocating animals to that site," ... "I wouldn't say mass grave ... a Memorial Day weekend can leave 10 dead deer on a single stretch of road...

Were the deer killed in Will County forest preserves? Forest Preserve District President Suzanne Hart claims no. This video shows what happened when SHARK challenged District personnel and the media to join them in the forest preserves to prove it once and for all. April 24, 2015 Illinois



Illinois lawmakers shoot down drone hunting plan August 16, 2015 Chicago Daily Herald
... The plan was rejected in the Illinois Senate, falling one vote short of approval, but Morrison kept the proposal alive for another possible vote next week...

Kids learn about deer at Youth Antler Hunt April 13, 2015 Illinois, Pantagraph
... Fifty-six children participated in the first-ever antler hunt, the first sponsored by the association to raise awareness about nature and white-tailed deer herds. The antlers, which are shed over the fall and winter ...

Animal activists spur review of deer culling April 9, 2015 Illinois, Chicago Tribune 
... Steve Hindi, president of SHARK, raised issues about the culling based on video from Dec. 11 to Feb. 5 in McKinley Woods near Channahon, Goodenow Grove in Crete Township, and Hickory Creek, near Mokena. He said it showed deer being shot, but not necessarily killed. It also showed "few deer if any" at the bait sites – even in areas where the food supply was minimal ... [see video a few stories below]

... plans to turn 45 acres south of Arthur into a zoo where people could walk and drive around to see animals such as bison, deer, llamas and camels... 

Social affiliation and contact patterns among white-tailed deer in disparate landscapes: implications for disease transmission, Illinois. EM Schauber, CK Nielsen, LJ Kjær, CW Anderson… - Journal of Mammalogy, 2015
... Our findings highlight the poor fit between deer behavior and simple models of disease transmission and, combined with previous infection data, suggest that direct contact is the primary driver of CWD transmission among free-living female and juvenile white-tailed deer.

When SHARK's hidden cameras exposed the cruelty of a deer killing operation in the Forest Preserve District of Will County, Illinois, District President Suzanne Hart suddenly claimed that there were so many deer, they were "starving to death." This video refutes that misinformation, and uses the District's own records to do it. - March 31, 2015 Illinois



Springbrook, Winter culling program thins Springbrook deer herd by 40 March 26, 2015 Illinois, Chicago Tribune 
... animal-rights activists targeted the program in the early 1990s, but most of the opposition has since ended... In nearby Will County an animal rights group has questioned the need for the Will County Forest Preserve District's deer culling ... "Surely we can do better than to simply slaughter innocent animals," the group's president, Steve Hindi said...

The Forest Preserve District of Will County has a deer killing program to reduce numbers. As is usual with these mass slaughter programs, the public is not allowed to see, at least, not until SHARK installs undercover video cameras. This video shows what happens when a program has no oversight. A shooter drags his still kicking victim away. If we didn't have the video, the killers would deny this ever happened. Please call or email the Forest Preserve District of Will County, and very politely ask that the killing stop, and that nonlethal options be explored. Phone: 815-727-8700 Email: CountyBoard@willcountyillinois.com - March 25, 2015 Illinois



To the rescue: Pekin cops save drowning deer March 13, 2015 Illinois, Morton Times News 
... a young doe thrashing in the deep, frigid waters ... had to wrestle with the deer to secure the rope around its neck and a leg ... Their reward was the pause the deer gave to look back, as if in thanks, before disappearing into nearby woods ...

Animal rights group questions deer kill March 12, 2015 Illinois, Chicago Tribune
... camera footage shows shooters "roving in their vehicles with spotlights, apparently looking for any available strays to shoot," which is contrary to the district's policy of shooting only at the bait sites... Is there a deer problem? If so, use nonlethal options, and let the taxpayers see what's going on." ...

...  we do not need a weapon that can reach out several hundred yards to harvest a deer.  This will mean more shot opportunities resulting in more harvested deer.  We need to let our deer herd grow, and not take more deer out of it... hunters will be taking too long of shots and crippling deer...

CWD and Deer Culling in Illinois March 5, 2015 Shootingtime.com
...  I don’t believe chronic wasting disease is being mismanaged.  I do question the driving factor for culling.  During the aggressive culling we experienced the last couple years, we were told the disease is still on the climb.  Do we question the management strategy or do we question the integrity of the numbers given? ...

Lake County expands culling program to thin its deer herd February 21, 2015 Illinois, Chicago Tribune
... the effort has led to a deer cull tallying more than 200 this year.  Based on aerial counts, roughly 16,000 deer roam Lake County ...  Over the past 10 years, the district culled 100 to 130 deer per year until 2010, when the district started adding more preserves, now numbering 14. This year, 234 deer were removed... [this approach does not change the long-term deer population]

Will things change for Illinois deer? February 17, 2015 Heartland Outdoors
... During the past decade and a half, I’ve stated in magazine articles that effective deer management can’t be solely performed with deer/vehicle collision statistics. But, in fact, that’s what our DNR has attempted to accomplish... Ongoing disease, the over-glut of permits, and the open floodgate of non-residents have become a major detriment to this state’s deer herd ...

Galena suspends deer-culling program February 11, 2015 Illinois, Telegraph Herald
... Citing a lack of manpower, City Administrator Mark Moran said Galena has suspended its controversial deer-culling program.  The announcement, made at the end of Monday night's City Council meeting, drew applause from residents who packed the council chamber to get an update and voice their opposition to the short-lived program ...

Rock Island Evaluates Urban Deer Hunt Program February 9, 2015 Illinois, KWQC 
... From last October to mid-January this year hunters harvested a total of 50 deer in the city. This was the first full season for the program... “We kill 50 deer, there will probably be at least that many being born in the spring,” said Alderman Kate Hotle. She suggested re-visiting other potential options ...

Stop bill to allow deer 'hunting' on preserves February 5, 2015 Illinois, Chicago Tribune
... They are crammed into pens, fed by people, selectively bred, given hormones, and are selected on websites for shooting, a process that often requires the deer be transported ...

Illinois Data: An estimated  700,000 deer in 2013 after a 25 percent drop in the harvest. The number of deer licenses for 2014 were reduced by about 4.1 percent in response.  Reasons for the decline include adverse weather conditions, herd reduction efforts and deer mortality due to outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD). About 750,000 to 800,000 deer in 2012.  The dramatic harvest declines have become a major issue.  In 2008 the population was estimated at 800,000 to 1 million. About 750,000 in 1995, the peak during the 1990s.  The herd population had been under a managed decline since 2005. The Illinois General Assembly decided deer management should be linked to the number of auto-deer accidents.  In 2008 the Task Force on Deer Population control recommended a 14 percent reduction in the rate of deer vehicle collisions from peak levels, the IDNR began increasing the harvest to achieve that goal in 2009.  The 2014 harvest was 47 percent does.
     Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first discovered in the deer herd in 2002.
    Over hunting during early settlement led to the virtual extinction of deer in Illinois by the late 1800's.  Deer hunting was limited in about half the state by 1873 with the last open season in 1900.  They were reintroduced by bringing in deer from other states.  A census in 1957 showed about 15,000 deer concentrated in the far northwest of the state with some in the southern forests.  Even by the 1970's, it was rare to see a deer.  History  The 2013 harvest was 50.9 % male and 49.1 % female.
    Once nearly extinct, the bobcat population has grown to around 5,000 in 2014.


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