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Nov 2, 2020
  • Recreation
  • Research
Illinois Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Season Review, 2016 – 2020
By Stan McTaggart

Researchers and the IDNR are working to increase our understanding of population dynamics, survival, occupancy and distribution of bobcats across Illinois. Current research focuses on studying the bobcat population following implementation of the regulated hunting and trapping season.

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Nov 2, 2020
  • Recreation
The First Rule of Trapping Season: There Is No End to Trapping Season!
By Tim Kelley

Once trappers reach the season’s end, most immediately begin preparations for the next season. In the sense that preparation is a prime determinant of success, trapping is similar to other outdoor activities.

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Nov 2, 2020
  • Recreation
Hunting Accidents
By Eric Bumgarner

Hunting accidents certainly were not the favorite part of my job as a Illinois Conservation Police Officer, but they do happen. Most hunting accidents are disturbing, unfortunate and avoidable with planning and safety practices.

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Nov 2, 2020
  • Recreation
Seeing Wildlife Through Soft Eyes
By Dan Stephens

Understanding basic wildlife behavior and habitat use ensures that we are looking in the correct area for wildlife, but how do we actively look for wildlife? Read on to learn a few techniques.

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Oct 8, 2020
  • Recreation
2020-2021 Illinois Deer Hunting Forecast
By Dan Skinner

Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Forest Wildlife Program Manager Dan Skinner provides insights into the hunting forecasts for the 2020–2021 white-tailed deer hunting season.

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Welcome to the November 1, 2020 edition of the online magazine OutdoorIllinois Journal, featuring timely, seasonally based stories about the Prairie State’s wildlife resources, with an expansion of content to include a broader range of subjects—including endangered and threatened species and Illinois’ unique, high-quality habitats and the people working to preserve, protect and manage these resources.

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