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Governor Pat Quinn has announced acquisition of 547 acres of public land in four Illinois counties to boost public access for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and outdoor recreation.

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Illinois became the 25th state in the country to allow crossbows in some manner for use in archery hunting seasons with the passage of House Bill 4819.

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Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of 15,941 wild turkeys during the 2012 Spring Turkey Season. The 2012 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 15,121 in 2011.

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The Illinois DNR has announced deer hunting season dates and revisions in the state’s Late-Winter Antlerless-Only Deer Season for the upcoming 2012-13 seasons

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The Illinois DNR is examining its deer management program to determine if modifications are needed to hunting seasons and regulations.

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Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 181,411 deer during all 2011-12 seasons. Illinois deer seasons closed last weekend as hunters concluded the Archery Deer Season and the last segments of the Late-Winter and Special Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) deer hunting seasons on Jan. 15.

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Firearm deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 97,760 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season on Nov. 18-20 and Dec. 1-4, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). This year’s preliminary firearm season harvest total compares with the 98,944 deer taken during the 2010 firearm season

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The online lottery application period is now open for Non-Resident Illinois Archery Combination Deer permits for the 2011-12 deer season. The deadline to apply is June 30.

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Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of 15,121 wild turkeys during the 2011 Spring Turkey Season. The 2011 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 16,565 in 2010. Hunters took a state-record 16,605 turkeys during the spring season in 2006.

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Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 181,936 deer during all 2010-11 seasons. Deer hunting in the state closed on Jan. 16 as hunters wrapped up the archery season and the last segments of the late-winter and special Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) deer hunting seasons.

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Wayne City, Ill. Tom Blasdel of Wayne City, Ill., was honored by the National Wild Turkey Federation as the Wild Turkey Woodlands National Award winner for practicing quality land management, as well as his community and NWTF chapter involvement.

The NWTF is a national nonprofit conservation organization that was founded in 1973 and has worked with wildlife agencies to restore wild turkey populations from 1.3 million wild turkeys in 1973 to nearly 7 million today. Now, NWTF volunteers raise funds and work daily to improve critical wildlife habitat, increase access to public hunting land and introduce new people to the outdoors and hunting.

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Illinois Controlled Pheasant Hunting Reservation Information

Controlled pheasant hunting opportunities will be available at 18 Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) sites this fall, and the 2008-09 season dates and permit reservation information are now available online.

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois’ popular spring wild turkey hunting seasons are underway with expectations for good opportunity for turkey hunters in the state.

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The Cook County Board of Commissioners is conducting a telephone poll where callers can vote for or against gun control ordinances that would close all gun shops in the county, including the recently opened Cabela's sporting goods store in Hoffman Estates

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The Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers is the newest of state-specific organizations created to represent the rights and interests of its federally licensed firearms retailers

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Cook County, Ill., Gun Stores and Sportsmen in Danger;  NSSF Urges All to Contact Commissioners

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SPRINGFIELD – Deer hunters in Illinois wrapped up the 2007-08 hunting seasons with higher harvest during last week’s Late-Winter Antlerless-only deer hunt, while the three-and-a-half month archery deer season ended with harvest slightly below last years total.

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