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Illinois Announces CWD Deer Season

From Illinois Department of Natural Resources

-- Hunters in Boone, DeKalb, McHenry and Winnebago counties and the portion of Kane County west of Ill. Rt. 47 can participate in the special Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Deer Season Jan. 16-18, 2009, to help control deer densities and the spread of chronic wasting disease.

Special CWD season antlerless-only permits are available over-the-counter beginning in mid-December for $5 each at participating DNR Direct license and permit vendors. In addition, hunters with unfilled 2008 firearm, muzzleloader, youth deer hunt or archery deer permits valid for one of the open counties may use those permits to hunt during the CWD season. Hunters using unfilled permits from the 2008 season may take deer appropriate for that permit (antlerless-only or either-sex).

Check stations will be manned during the CWD season in the open counties. Successful hunters will be required to bring their deer to a check station prior to 8 p.m. on the day of harvest. Hunters who submit samples for CWD testing will be given an additional permit valid for the remainder of the season. 

Check station locations for the CWD Deer Season, Jan. 16-18, 2009 are:
-- Boone County - Boone County Fairgrounds, Rt. 76 and Business Rt. 20, Belvidere
-- DeKalb County and Kane County - Shabbona Lake State Park, 4201 Shabbona Grove Rd., Shabbona (west of Ill. Rt. 47)
-- McHenry County - McHenry Dam Day Use Area, Moraine Hills State Park, east of McHenry on River Road, 2.2 miles south of Route 120
-- Winnebago County - Rock Cut State Park, 6425 Hart Road (one mile east of Perryville Rd. on Hart Rd.), Loves Park

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