Bowhunter David Dauphin shot this video of a 10-point buck on Nov. 9, 2008 near Savanna. “I had just grunted at a buck I had seen and seconds later this 10-pointer came running and stopped 8 feet from the base of my stand,” Dauphin said. “I let him go hoping that next year he would be that big guy I am looking for,” Dauphin said. The buck was seen by two other hunters the next morning and evening.
Illinois deer hunters killed a preliminary total of 97,760 deer during the traditional seven-day firearm season held Nov. 18-20 and Dec. 1-4. This year’s total is down 1,184 deer from last year’s total of 98,944. Click inside for county-by-county totals and comparisons with last year. STORY & COMMENTS
The House also voted to restore some of the painful budget cuts Gov. Rod Blagojevich made this summer, which would stop the closure of dozens of state parks and historic sites and save 325 jobs. Lawmakers would cover the shortfall by taking "surplus" money from funds set aside for special purposes. STORY & COMMENTS
Illinois' own once-thriving wolves were hunted to extinction by the 1860s. But since the first confirmed sighting in the state in 150 years, in 2002, wolf sightings have gone from rare to regular — with at least five in the last three years. STORY & COMMENTS