From the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
-- Firearm and Muzzleloader Permits:
Illinois Firearm and Muzzleloader-only Deer permits that are still available after the close of the random daily drawing period on Oct. 1 will be sold over-the-counter for the first time this year. The remaining Firearm and Muzzleloader-only permits will be available DNR Direct license and permit agents beginning Oct. 19.
Des Plaines SFWA Permits:
Hunters interested in archery deer hunting at Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area can call and arrange to pick up the 2009 archery deer hunting parking permits for the site thru Nov. 30 at the site office located at 24621 North River Road, Wilmington, 60481. Hunters who want a parking permit for Des Plaines SFWA must call the site office at (815)423-5326 in advance to make an appointment to obtain the permit. Archery deer hunters wanting a parking permit are required to have a 2009 hunting license and habitat stamp.
Coles Open for Late-Winter Season:
Coles County will again be open for hunting during the 2009-2010 Late Winter Deer Hunting Season in Illinois. A recent announcement regarding changes in deer regulations for 2009-2010 had indicated incorrectly that Coles County would be closed for the Late-Winter season. The Late-Winter dates for the split seven-day season are Dec. 31, 2009, through Jan. 3, 2010, and Jan. 15-17, 2010.
Archery and Firearm Deer Hunting CWD Sampling:
Deer hunters in select counties in northern Illinois are encouraged to allow samples to be taken for chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling from adult deer they harvest. This sampling is a very important part of Illinois' effort to monitor and combat CWD in wild deer. IDNR is asking deer hunters in Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle and Winnebago counties to participate. Hunters should first check in their harvest the IDNR web site or toll free phone system as indicated on their permit.
The following locations are serving as CWD sampling stations, taking samples from entire deer or deer heads from Oct. 1, 2009 through Jan. 17, 2010:
JoDaviess—Old Orchard Market, 12000 US 20 West, Lena, (815)369-9091, M, Th, F 9 a.m.-5 p.m., T,W 9 a.m.-1p.m., Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Kane—John’s Elgin Market, 1620 Gilten, South Elgin, (847)741-6374, Archery Season M-Sun 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Firearm Season M-Sun 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
LaSalle—Dave Bicket Processing, 915 Warren St., Earlville, (815)246-9395, Archery & Firearm Seasons: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
McHenry—Jones Locker Service, 204 N Seminary Ave, Woodstock, (815) 338-1016, M-F 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
McHenry—Dave’s Bait, Tackle and Taxidermy, 4419 Rt. 176, Crystal Lake (815) 455-2040, M-F 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 6 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Thanksgiving and Christmas, New Years Eve 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
McHenry—Wayne’s Country Market, 801 W. Grant Hwy. (Rt. 20), Marengo, (815) 568-2728, M-Th 8 a.m.-6 p.m., F 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (during shotgun season only).
Ogle—Headons, 103 Main, Creston, T-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Stephenson—Harbach Meats, 6444 US 20 W, Freeport, (815) 232-7807, M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-noon.
Winnebago—Smokehouse Processing, 5735 S. 9th St., Rockford, (815) 378-8641, daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.;
Pinnons Meats, 2324 N. Court St., Rockford, (815) 962-0131, M-Sat 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Eichmans Processing, Grant St., Seward, (815) 247-8451, M-F 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 7 a.m.-noon.
Wisconsin—Authentic Taxidermy, 1849 Yates Ave, Beloit, WI, call (608) 362-8323 to make appointment.
Several additional drop-off sites have been established where hunters may leave the heads from adult deer for testing. Hunters should remove the deer head, leaving the two vertebrae nearest the skull attached. The head should be placed in a heavy-grade plastic bag and kept cool until the hunter delivers it to the drop-off site. The head should be stored on ice or refrigerated, but not frozen. (Tissue samples cannot be taken from deer heads refrigerated more than three days).
The following sites are serving as self-serve drop-off sites where hunters can fill out a sample submission card and leave adult deer heads:
Boone—Boone County Conservation District-Maintenance Bldg, 655 N. Appleton Rd., Loves Park, M-Sun 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dekalb—Shabbona Lake State Park, 4201 Shabbona Grove Rd., Shabbona, M-Sun.
Ogle—Castle Rock State Park, 1365 W. Castle Rd., Oregon, M-Sun.
Winnebago—Rock Cut State Park, 7318 Harlem Rd., Loves Park, M-Sun; Sugar River Forest Preserve, 10127 Forest Preserve Rd, Durand, M-Sun.
Test results will be posted on the IDNR web site at http://dnr.state.il.us/cwd/. For more information, contact IDNR at (815) 675-2386 ext. 316 (Lake, Kane, Cook, Kendall, Grundy, DuPage and McHenry counties) or (815) 535-2875 (Boone, DeKalb, LaSalle, Ogle and Winnebago Counties).