Recently moved to IL after 12 years in the USMC. Got lucky and I'm hunting some private land near Carrollton, IL. Is anyone hunting around that area that could provide me info on on what to expect regarding deer population and activities? Will the rut be over by the start of gun season?
Welcome to IL. I was in for 4 and got out 2 years ago. I'll be livin in Kankakee, IL come December (about 4 hours Northeast of Carrollton. I don't know much about the area, but My family processes a lot of deer from around the state and the first gun season always seems to end up on the rut.
I live about 10 miles from Carrollton, I hesitate to say anything about the rut but I cannot imagine it won't be going strong next Friday when gun season starts. Where abouts are you hunting? I have lived her pretty much all my life, except college and Navy so I know the area really well. Let me know if I can help with anything.
In regards to deer population, that will not be a problem, I will be interested to hear where you are hunting. Anywhere in this area is good, you will see a lot of deer and you will sure have a chance at a wall hanger eventually.
Not really sure. I was invited down by a co-worker whose family has some land in the area. A couple hundred acres or so I'm told. I'm just thankful I have a place to hunt. This state is the worst state I have ever attempted to hunt, in regards to access, and I have have lived in 8 states.
I will ask a few questions and see if find out more details.
access no doubt, if you don't own land or get to hunt someone else's you are screwed. That is why people around here dislike outfitters so much. land they got to hunt their whole lives and now some people had to give up deer hunting period. I am lucky, in laws have land. That is actually why I started hunting. If I can help with anything let me know, happy to help out if I can.