IL: Many hunting accidents...
November 21, 2009
The first weekend of the 2009 Illinois Firearm Deer Season began Friday
morning 30 minutes before sunrise and will conclude today a half-hour after
sunset. The second Illinois Firearm Deer Season will be Dec. 3-6.
All successful hunters are required to call in or go online to report
their harvest by 10 p.m. the day they harvested their deer. Harvest figure
will be tallied in the next few days with results available later.
In 2008, Illinois hunters harvested 106,018 deer during the seven-day
firearm deer season. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has issued
more than 360,000 deer tags for the 2009 firearm season. There are more
hunters in the Illinois fields and timbers this weekend than at any other
time. For safety reasons all hunters (with the exception of waterfowl
hunters) are required to wear “Blaze Orange” during firearm deer weekends.
Blaze Orange is a STOP sign for hunters targeting game.
Last year there were 38 reported hunting accidents in Illinois. Thirty
were the result of tree stand falls and five of those resulted in
fatalities. So far during 2009, there have been 13 reported accidents in
Illinois, of which six have involved falls from tree stands.
Agricultural reports indicate about 50 percent of the state’s corn crops
are still in the field. This will have an impact on this first deer season’s
harvest figures. Deer use corn fields for shelter and food. Areas with
standing corn can make deer hunting very difficult.
Oller makes use of time Kids learn good and bad things from their
parents. With a day off work some adults will lie around the house watching
TV and become the classic couch potato. With idle time kids will lie around
watching TV or playing computer games. No exercise and nothing accomplished
— and they wonder why folks are overweight in America. Other adults are
active with their free time and their kids pick-up on that, too.
Veteran’s Day is a national holiday for government employees. Schools are
closed and kids have that free time to do nothing — or something.
Thirteen-year-old Nathan Oller from rural Victoria had some free time
this last Veterans Day. That afternoon he decided to take his bow to a deer
stand on his folks’ property to try and harvest a deer. He was by himself
but Nathan has been brought up in the countryside and is comfortable with
wild surroundings. He had never taken a deer with his bow — but one never
will until he tries.
And if you don’t succeed you try again. Daylight was waning and a doe
came by. Nathan tried a shot but the arrow missed its mark. He nocked
another arrow in anticipation of another deer coming along and here it came
— a buck this time. His heart raced as he drew his bow — he released the
arrow and made a perfect shot.
A trophy is a prize awarded for achievement. A trophy is evidence of
hunting prowess. A trophy is your first deer with a bow!
And it was a nine-point buck!
Congratulations, Nathan — and to other young hunters who experience their
first harvest of wild game this year.
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