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Opening day, Illinois dove hunting: Second update, probably last


Part of the bounty, the morning after dove hunting: An omelet with dove hearts and homegrown green and chili peppers.
Dale Bowman/Sun-Times

Here are some opening day harvest numbers  for dove hunting at various public at sites near Chicago and some select Downstate sites.

Rain impacted the opener at a number of sites, which is partially why Day 2 totals (the even fields) were higher at Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA.

I think this is my final update, unless I get something notable in from Downstate.

Listed in order of doves per hunter.

Matthiessen SP: 795 doves, 95 hunters, 8.4 doves per hunter

Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA (Day 2, even fields): 1,062, 135, 7.9

JEPC (Day 1, odd fields): 831, 126, 6.6

Green River SWA: 811, 130, 6.2

Kankakee River SP: 132, 32, 4.1

Des Plaines SFWA: 279, 72, 3.9

Iroquois County SWA: 105, 54, 1.9;

Silver Springs SFWA: 178, 100, 1.8

Shabbona Lake SP: 40, 31, 1.3

Chain O’Lakes SP: 26, 19, 0.7

Marseilles SWA: No organized dove hunt