Deebz wrote:You'd be surprised at how much light lingers after official "sunset"... It doesn't actually get too dark to see until awhile after the official sunset times. IL has been a 30 minute before and after sunrise and sunset hunting hours rule since I can ever remember. I don't see this as being a safety issue at all assuming people are actually paying attention to the time.
I agree you can see a while past sunset, but in Ohio they just split the state in half and one half has one set of sun rise/sun set times and me being in the eastern most part of the state it gets dark a little sooner than someone who is hunting closer to the middle of the state but still in the eastern set of times. Therefore, for me, if I am in the woods (where lighting is worse) I can usually only see to shoot a bow about 15-20 minutes past sunset as defined by the state rules. If you are hunting the edge of a field it is a completely different story, but I don't usually gun hunt, so I am used to 30 mins past sunset anyway. It only takes on trigger happy person who thinks he sees a deer walking, which is why when I do hunt during gun season I get my light on as soon as I start moving.