Thursday, May 04, 2006

ILLINOIS NEWS: Special hunt at rest area includes bucks, helps migratory birds

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will hold a special deer hunt during the 2006 firearm season at the Baldwin Lake Rest Area, but with a couple of changes.

"This year, permittees will be able to purchase an additional either-sex permit at the site office after they have harvested an antlerless deer on the rest area," said Mic Middleton, site superintendent. "In the past, only antlerless deer could be taken.

The changes are necessary to manage the deer herd in and around the rest area, according to Brian Mahan, IDNR district wildlife biologist.

"The number of deer is making it difficult to maintain the food available for migrating and resident waterfowl," Mahan said. "We believe hunter interest and deer harvest will increase by offering the chance to take a nice buck, a lot of which frequent the rest area."

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