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Youth firearm season starts Friday

Wow! October is going to be a busy month. Youth deer firearm season starts this weekend from Saturday through Monday. Participants need to have a valid youth deer permit and must be under age 16. They must have completed a hunters’ safety class and have a current hunting license. They must be accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian.

The adult is not allowed to hunt and must have a current FOID card. Hunters must have proper orange hat and jacket.

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. They need to register a deer by calling 1-866-ILCHECK. They will be given a confirmation number to put on leg tag.

Youth waterfowl season will be Oct. 12 and 13. Again, they must be 15 and under with proper licenses. They must be accompanied by a licensed adult with a FOID card. The adult cannot hunt.

• Another popular event is the inland trout season at the Hennepin Canal Parkway starting Oct. 19. It begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday. Remember to have proper licenses and a trout stamp. They are not sold at the canal. Legal limit is five trout.

• The Bureau County Pheasants Forever will be holding its annual fall youth hunt on Oct. 26 at Hickory Grove Hunt Club at rural Wyanet. The Bureau County Pheasants Forever Ringnecks need to sign up right away as there are a limited number of hunters. Ages of 12 up to 18 can call Eric Paull (815-646-4844) to sign up and get more info. If the hunt is not full by Oct. 18, it will be opened to the public until Oct. 23 to fill the remaining spots. This will be a live pheasant hunt with sporting dogs.

• Archery deer hunting began last week. Several fine animals have been harvested but I haven’t been told of any trophies. I’ll try to get some for my next article.

• I attended the fall Ducks Unlimited banquet Saturday and it was a success. Not as many people as last year, but the food and prizes were excellent. Beautiful dinner, the gun went to Bill Griffin who is still smiling. Thanks to those who attended.

• The Spring Valley Walleye Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Spring Valley Boat Club.

• The weather has changed and the leaves have started to turn. Many people think this is the prettiest time of the year. Enjoy.

Be careful and stay safe.

Lee Wahlgren is the BCR columnist. Contact him at pdub52@gmail.com

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