Dove hunting: Some opening day numbers around Illinois
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Here are the sites in northeast Illinois as well as some of the top sites around the state for the opening day of dove hunting on Thursday.
Overall, it is a bit of a down year, even at the usual top spots, I suspect because of the late summer rains.
Here are the sites I have numbers for so far, listed in order of doves killed per hunter. May add some if I get them.
Site: doves killed, hunters, doves per hunter
Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA: 1,474, 156, 9.4
Green River SWA: 1,281, 145, 8.8
Iroquois SWA: 501, 59, 8.5
Matthiessen SP: 695, 109, 6.4
Silver Springs SFWA: 347, 90, 3.9
Des Plaines SFWA: 199, 81, 2.5
Shabbona Lake SP: 77, 31, 2.3
Kankakee River SP: 34, 46, 1.4 (late add)
Chain O’Lakes SP: 2, 16, 0.1
Marseilles SWA: 0, NA, 0.0 Note: Only open Monday through Thursday