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2013-2014 Muzzleloader Hunt at the Delair Division of the Great River National Wildlife Refuge

Region 3, January 14, 2014
The walker familey Father Gregory (right), mother Brenda (center), and their son Jacob (left) and the deer the harvested during the hunt.
The walker familey Father Gregory (right), mother Brenda (center), and their son Jacob (left) and the deer the harvested during the hunt. - Photo Credit: n/a

The Delair Division of the Great River National Wildlife Refuge, located in Pike County, Illinois, held the annual muzzleloader-only deer hunt this last weekend. Forty hunters were selected through a lottery system conducted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

For this particular hunt, hunters must harvest a doe before being able to harvest a buck as a means of controlling the deer population. Hunters were very fortunate this year, enjoying unseasonably warm weather. The hunt is held annually in January and past year’s hunters have endured very cold weather conditions. This year the Walker family of Makanda, Illinois, was drawn for the hunt. Father Gregory, mother Brenda, and their son Jacob had a very successful hunt. Pike county Illinois is a highly sought after hunting destination for white tailed deer and it's notoriety of being one of the premier spots to harvest a trophy buck has made it hard to gain free acsses to hunt. The hunters know this and were greatfull to have participated in the hunt.

Contact Info: Cody Alger, (573)847-2333 ext 11, cody_alger@fws.gov