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Old 03-01-2014, 05:49 PM
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Don't know if everyone's heard of these guys or not but you should check out their group on Facebook. If I was on my pc I would copy there proposals on here. I may not 100 percent agree with all of there plan but at least there is a group willing to step up to try and help the illinois deer herd. They can't do it alone though they need our help. Call you reps if u agree there needs to be some changes in the management of the illinois deer pop.

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Old 03-01-2014, 08:09 PM
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Alliance forms to tackle deer management issues

A group of Illinois deer hunters formed the “Illinois Whitetail Alliance” to promote proactive deer management in Illinois. This group met with Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) officials and presented a plan for deer management changes on the heels of a record harvest drop during the 2013 deer season and eight consecutive years of decreased deer numbers. The proposed changes would help offset several years of overharvest from liberal seasons and bag limits, and loss of deer due to disease.

Alliance member Brent Manning, a past director of the IDNR, congratulates the current IDNR for their recent announcement of possible future regulation changes. However, Manning adds, “Many other recommendations have been made with the best interest of Illinois’ deer herd in mind. The entire Alliance proposal is well thought out, and deserves serious consideration. We look forward to future meetings with IDNR officials to continue the discussion that was started today.”

Kevin Chapman, a past president and legislative liaison for Illinois Bowhunters Society, said, “Many in the Alliance have been involved with Illinois deer management issues for over 20 years, and have witnessed the rise and fall of Illinois deer hunting. Most hunters are passionate about the future of one of the state’s greatest natural resources. That’s why some of the best deer management ideas in the past have come from the hunting public.”

Members of the Alliance hope to gain support by presenting their ideas at the upcoming Illinois Deer Classic in Springfield on February 22 and 23 (4:30pm and 11:00am, respectively), and the Elmwood All-Outdoors show on March 2 at 12:30pm. Hunters are encouraged to attend. Also, the Alliance requests that hunters call their local legislators in support of the following Alliance proposals to help restore Illinois’ deer herd back to acceptable levels:

1) Enact an immediate five year moratorium on any new legislation or administrative rule change that could result in the expansion of any deer hunting season, add any additional weapons, or increase the deer harvest in any way. After five years, an independent review of the deer management program would be performed by a qualified source.

2) Reduce the pressure on the overall deer harvest, particularly on female deer, by implementing the following:

a) Eliminate the current late winter deer season (LWS)

b) Move all future antlerless-only (A-O) seasons to mid-September

c) Implement a one-buck and one-doe limit in counties where an additional A-O season is not needed

d) Eliminate all over-the-counter (OTC) gun permit sales, and OTC archery sales after November 1st

3a) Implement a statewide one-buck limit, all seasons combined.

3b) As an alternative to 3a, keep the 2-buck limit, but implement a split buck season. The 2nd buck (all weapons combined) wouldn't be killed until AFTER the end of the first gun season.

4) Implement new regulations on non-resident (NR) permits including an immediate elimination of the OTC A-O permit, unless the NR purchased a regular combo permit prior. Also set a limit on NR permits at 10% of the previous year's total harvest, with an allocation of 2/3 of that amount to archery deer hunters and 1/3 to gun hunters.

5) Enact stricter penalties for deer hunting violations that involve “willful intent” which would result in a two-year suspension of hunting privileges for the first offense, five-year suspension for the second offense, and permanent loss upon the 3rd offense.

The Illinois Whitetail Alliance consists of Manning and Chapman listed above, along with Les Davenport, an avid outdoorsman who has hunted whitetails in IL for 51 years and has been a national outdoor writer for 25 years; Don Higgins, a whitetail habitat consultant with experience throughout the Midwest, nationally recognized outdoor writer, and past director of Illinois Bowhunters Society; and Lee Mitchell, a biologist/forester with twenty years of experience in wildlife and habitat management who has bowhunted for 30 years.

The Alliance is dedicated to proactive management ideas based in science; ones that are fair and equitable to all deer hunting stakeholders.

Currently the Alliance has a facebook page for comments etc.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/282423161907990/

I really encourage everyone to have a look at things there. I will have a pdf of the entire proposal for those who interested
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Old 03-02-2014, 02:35 PM
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Very happy to see this !
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Old 03-02-2014, 05:34 PM
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It is nice to see. Like I said it may not be what everyone wants but it's a place to start if enough people get on board to make the idnr listen.
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:45 AM
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I agree. I think if we start with the removal for the late doe season and reduce the tags available in hard hit counties this would be a great start. Then we can work on some of the other stuff ..
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:26 PM
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To start we need to end the antler less season and limit permits. If we can, limit our doe harvest to 2/person and have an antler restriction for the second buck. I'd be happy with that.
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:17 AM
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Looks like Illinois is the next PA. I feel for the Hunters of Illinois. I hunted your state many times in the past. What great archery Deer Hunting! To hear what is going on makes me sad. We tried in PA to stop the the BONEHEADS in charge of our once great herd. Part of the problem though is the Hunters who keep buying all the tags that the BONEHEADS offer. Kill.Kill,Kill! How many Deer do you really need to shoot? I wish you Good Luck, and its looks like you have a good Plan. BUT? Its TUFF getting BONEHEADS to stop being BONEHEADS. GOOD LUCK!!!
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