The hunting seasons are starting in Illinois!
Some open now soon—Dove—Squirrel open now. I agree it is hard to find a place to hunt in Illinois North of Interstate 80. Farmers won’t let people in because they may damage property or sue. There is a law in Illinois that if a landowner let’s people hunt his land and ‘does not charge’ any money, the hunters cannot sue them, because he gave them the privilege to hunt.
There are a lot of acres that are open to
hunting through the DNR. They have talked to landowners to open their land
to hunting and the hunters cannot sue them either. The landowner is free
from lawsuits and the hunters have to agree that they are on their own
when it comes to an injury while hunting their land.
Of course the DNR also operates many Pheasant
hunting areas too for a fee, which you apply online for permits. The good
part about those areas is that they release the number of birds paid for!!
It is not like before when the DNR was releasing birds and they were
releasing 1.5 birds per hunter, when every hunter was allowed two birds.
Now it’s right up to snuff.
They claim a lot of hunters have slacked off
hunting doves. For the life of me I don’t know why. Those birds are very
fast erratic targets and you know you made a good shot when you hit one.
I believe more shot is wasted on doves than any other game bird. Another
thing about doves is that if they are in the area, you won’t have to wait
long for another target to come by.
Squirrels are cagey game. Sometimes they pop up
right in front of you and other times you will have to stalk them like a
deer to get close enough for a shot, without spooking them.
Whatever your game is to introduce a beginner,
He won’t stop thanking you.
If hunting isn’t your bag, take them to a range. Do some shotgun or pistol, whichever they prefer or both. Be sure to ask their wives or any other women to go along. It used to be a man’s thing, but it isn’t any longer. More women are applying for CC permits and also more are showing up at the range.
It’s great family fun and it will bring a family together even tighter. So many minds can be changed through one of these experiences. That’s what we need to do is change people’s minds to show them guns are nothing to fear, but instead to enjoy.
You never know—they just might join the ISRA because of your kindness. Don’t pass up that opportunity!Additional commentary of past articles by Don Bekeleski can be found here:
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