As you might guess, on a day like today, or a morning like this one, a metal deer stand was a cold one for the first firearm deer season in Illinois.
Click here for my take on opening day, including a stop to check at Heidecke Lake, for my column on the Sun-Times outdoors page.
This is the coldest first season I remember. And the wind.Northwest Illinois had a dusting of snow in spots on Friday, while the northeast was wet. The whole state was cold today. The first season ends Sunday.
Forest wildlife program manager Paul Shelton was helping out IDNR staff Friday in Jo Daviess County. He said those numbers were down from a wild first season, one of the best ever, last year.
This first season will be down, simply because of conditions.
Now the second firearm season, which is Dec. 5-8, I remember being so cold one Sunday just six or eight years ago that the high did not get above 15. But boy were the deer moving that year.
I have been able to hunt early mornings so far. My count is Friday: three and a half hours, 13 deer, no shots; Saturday: three hours, one deer, no shots.
Maybe the deer will be moving tomorrow.