hunting

Hunting near railroads
9:47 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Union Pacific says hunting near tracks may be deadly

Pictured here in 2009, proposed lines in Springfield, Ill. for the Chicago/St. Louis high-speed rail route.
(via Flickr/aka Kath)

Union Pacific Railroad is urging hunters to resist the temptation of hunting near railroad tracks.

The company says its tracks often run through newly harvested farm fields that attract wildlife. That can make railroad property attractive to hunters, but it's also a good way to get hit by a train.

It can take engineers a mile to stop, so they can't do much to avoid hitting someone on the tracks.  Railroad cars hang out about three feet beyond the sides of the tracks, making it easy for someone standing near the tracks to be clipped by a car.

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Deer hunting
3:18 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Unusual antlered does reported to MDC by Mo. deer hunters

Deer hunters display their unusual find - a female deer with developed antlers.
(via Missouri Department of Conservation/Amy Nold)

Some Missouri deer hunters made unexpected discoveries while hunting this fall. Five female deer have been reported by hunters to the Missouri Department of Conservation sporting fully formed antlers. The antlered deer, analyzed by MDC Resource Scientist Emily Flinn, appear to be externally female. Flinn specializes in deer biology and says this phenomenon all comes down to hormones.

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Deer Hunting
2:24 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Deer hunters take 66,500 deer over 1st weekend in Ill.

(via Flickr/Robert Scoble)

Illinois hunters harvested more than 66,500 deer during the state's opening firearm season.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the preliminary total includes deer harvest from Friday through Sunday.

It is about 1,500 fewer deer than were taken during the first weekend harvest in 2010. Pike County had the most deer taken with 1,917. Adams County came in second, followed in order by Fulton, JoDaviess and Jefferson counties.

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Pere Marquette State Park / Hunting
1:23 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Wildfire leaves portion of Pere Marquette State Park closed to hunting

A view over Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton, Ill.
(via Flickr/stannate)

The first segment of Illinois' firearm deer season is this weekend, and if you were planning on heading to Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton, Ill. for that purpose, you may want to make alternative plans.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that a wildfire has damaged 450 to 500 acres of timbered land in the area of Pere Marquette park usually open to hunting. No injuries or damage to permanent structures were reported.

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Frog Hunting Season
9:36 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Ribbit! Frog-hunting season starts in Missouri

(via Flickr/Stig Nygaard)

Missouri's frog-hunting season begins this week.

The Department of Conservation says the season for bullfrogs and green frogs runs from sunset Thursday through Oct. 31.

Missourians can capture frogs using a hand net, gig, and throw line. They also can snag, snare, grab or use a pole and line if they have a fishing permit. People who have a hunting permit can use a .22 caliber rifle, pellet gun or bow.

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