Ducks, bucks and watch your rhymes: Notes on Illinois hunting

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File photo of mallards on the water.
Credit: Dale Bowman

I am trying to regularly get hunting notes on Illinois out on Tuesday.World Series coming or not, here is trying to stay on schedule.

Yesterday, I did the notes on archery deer harvest so far. Click here.

North-zone hunters find plenty of geese as crop harvest progresses (corn was 83 percent picked statewide by Sunday; soybeans, 76). The big day at Heidecke Lake was Friday with eight boats shooting 26 ducks, the weekend was much slower.Wolf Lake had a slow weekend (five geese, one mallard, nine other).

Opening weekend for central zone waterfowl was slow at Braidwood Lake: 38 ducks, five Canada geese, Saturday; 12, two, Sunday. Kenneth Jahnke reported “millions of woodys and teal’’ on the Illinois River around the fabled Bath area, but no mallards or geese.

BTW, I would love to talk with somebody who drew a bobcat permit.

I will run Buck of the Week as good nominations build. Send nominations on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (straycasts@sbcglobal.net).

Shotgun turkey season ends Sunday.


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