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Illinois hunting and fishing

Cooler temps needed to heat up deer season

October 17, 2010 at 07:26 PM

The State Journal-Register

Warm temperatures have kept archery deer hunting cool.

To get a sense of how the archery deer-hunting season is going, look no further than your own closet or attic.

It’s OK to admit that you packed away the summer clothes prematurely and broke out the sweatshirts, long sleeves and other cool-weather gear.

But unlike the deer roaming the woods, you can just climb the stairs to the attic and change into something more comfortable.

“Imagine moving around in a fur coat with temperatures in the mid-80s,” says Darrin Brauer, owner of Two Bears Custom Archery, 3121 E. Elm St. in Springfield.

From what Brauer has seen in the woods and reports from his customers, warm weather has the season off to a slow start.

Archery deer hunting season opened Oct. 1.

“There have been a few nice deer killed, but I think it has not been that busy,” he says. “The high heat has caused some movement to slow down.”

So far, archery deer hunters statewide have killed 13,344 deer. Those figures were current as of Sunday evening, Oct. 17.

As usual, Pike County leads the pack by a wide margin, with 527 deer killed.

Fulton County is next at 346, followed by Jefferson at 310 and Peoria at 287. LaSalle County hunters have killed 269 deer so far.

Last year, Illinois archery deer hunters killed a total of 64,864.

Brauer says the deer are out there, but are restricting their movement to very early or very late in the day — pushing the limits of legal shooting hours.

Hunters can take deer from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
“I have a couple of buddies who got a couple of nice deer on video,” Brauer says. “It’s going to help having the crops out.”

Last year, hunters complained because a late harvest meant much of the corn crop remained in the fields during the hunting season, providing additional cover.

“Corn fields are almost like timber for a deer,” he says. “It is a great hiding spot, because they can get in there and not have to come out.”

Brauer says a lot of archery hunters sat out last weekend due to the warm temperatures and the youth hunt.

Dads left their own gear at home and helped their kids instead.

“I didn’t go out basically because it was so hot and there were a lot of fathers out with their children who weren’t bow hunting,” he says.

Forecasted cooler temperatures are lifting hunters’ spirits.

“I’m hoping if it cools down this weekend, some things will change and the deer will start to move,” Brauer says.

Brauer says deer hunting isn’t the only thing that has cooled off.

An economy parked in recession has slowed business a bit, with hunters keeping gear and repairing it instead of buying new.

But like a good hunter, a good business operator finds quarry no matter how challenging the conditions.

“It has not been as busy as normal,” he says. “But it’s been enough to keep us busy, and like anything else, everyone waits until the last minute.”

Brauer says he was in the shop from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day the week before the season opening, “just to be sure everybody else could get out and go.

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Im seeing lots of scrapes and many rubs but there one and two year olds by the size of the signs. Ive seen only one trophy buck from the road and he was hiding in a set aside weed patch.

The does are holding tight to the cover for some reason and Im not seeing many standing out in the fields towards night. I saw five last evening and one wasnt much more then a fawn.

I have not seen any bucks chasing does yet either.Were in a drought and sign is hard to come by.


Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/20 at 11:57 AM

Haven’t hunted very much…slim pickens so far, but I’m sure it will improve.  This usually means the deer have patterned me.  Time to do the unexpected..Anyone getting responses with calls or scents? Decoys?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/20 at 12:54 PM

I have been out alot this year have seen a few does with some fawns, better than the last 2 years which I havent seen any thing at all. A couple of small bucks and only one rub.. I would of thought I would of seen more because of the no crops in this year. Hope this isnt a sign of not really that many deer.. better times a comming lets keep our fingers crossed.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/20 at 05:38 PM

Just a note to up date my original comment. Our trail cameras have been picking up a bunch of buck pictures in the last week. One ten pointer and a few nice eights. There is new scrapes where the smaller ones were and it looks like the the earlier ones have been run off as there has been on evidence of them re scraping since the rain.

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