Clay, Shelby, and Crawford Counties have been announced among 27 counties in the state that will have a late-winter antlerless-only deer hunting season. The Late-Winter season provides additional hunting opportunities in counties with surplus deer, while the Special CWD season allows hunters to help combat the spread of chronic wasting disease in Illinois’ white-tailed deer herd.
Season dates for the split 7-day Late-Winter season will be December 31 through January 3, and January 15-17.
Effingham and Coles County were open for the last Late-Winter season, but they will not be open this season.
IDNR biologists recommended the changes for the 2015-16 seasons following analyses of deer data including hunting harvest, deer-vehicle accidents, deer disease reports, and other factors.
For more information on the late-winter season, and a full list of counties involved visit the IDNR website.