Illinois DNR holds public informational meeting on Illinois Deer
BARRY, Ill. (WGEM) -
Hunters and residents had the chance to voice their concerns about the state's deer population. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources held a public meeting in Barry this evening. Hunters were shown a wide range of statistics on everything from the deer population to the effects of Chronic Wasting Disease. They were also asked to fill out a survey to determine what their major concerns were for this area. Hunter Bill Ferguson said there are some things he would like to see change with the hunting seasons.
"I'm not a fan of the late doe season in January. Because a lot of young bucks and some of the old ones drop their antlers and some of them get shot because they're mistaken for does and that doesn't help us any," he said.
DNR officials said concerns have varied greatly depending on what region of the state they visit.