That's great you can have that kind of relationship with your conservation officer. However, that dosen't change the fact that it is unlawful to hunt deer with lights at night, and its against the law to have a loaded weapon after normal hunting hours. In my state you could lose your hunting rights, or more, if you get caught breaking the laws. It's just not worth the hassle, in my opinion.
To be sure my gun would be unloaded after dark for more than just regulatory reasons.
So, what would be the scenario in Il if you dumped one at sundown and by the time you dressed it out it was dark?
You would have until 10:00 pm that night to call-check it in with the DNR. Field dressing the deer, and retrieveing the deer is not un-lawful after normal hours. They can write somebody up, for having a nocked arrow, or loaded weapon after legal hunting hours. Around here the CPO is a real stickler, and has been known to spy on hunters from abroad. All I'm saying is I dont take any chances with my hunting rights. Trusting a CPO to turn the other cheek, is like turning your back on a freindly rattle snake.