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Archery deer season underway in Illinois

Deer archery season has officially started. All of you archers have been waiting to get out in the timber and try your luck. There hasn’t been any corn picked yet, but that won’t stop you from trying your favorite wooded area.

Last year, Bureau County archers did pretty well, so I think you might be able to surpass  last year’s total. If by chance you are a hunter that will shoot more than one, I have the names and phone numbers of a couple of people who would enjoy some venison, if you so choose.

If you haven’t gotten your permit yet, you can still get one by calling 1-888-673-7648.

In Bureau County, there are vendors in which you can get your archery permit.

In Princeton, they are available at Sullivan’s or Walmart.

In Sheffield, the Garfield Stier Co. has them.

In Spring Valley, go to Casey’s.

If you want the big buck, go ahead. If you just like venison, then shoot a doe as it will help control the whitetail population in our county.

• If you haven’t noticed by now, we have plenty of water in Bureau County. Bureau Creek is flowing well, and the Illinois River is quite high. For those who are still into fall fishing, I suggest you use the Hennepin Canal or your favorite farm pond.

• The PHS Sportsman’s Club will meet next Tuesday at the high school to plan some activities for the school year. The first one will be a trap shoot in Kewanee. The members will ask their dads, grandpas, uncles and moms to attend with them. Last year, we had several young men break more than 20 birds, which I thought was very good. The shooters can also try skeet.

Some hunters have told me that it has been slim pickins as far dove hunting this season. I am sure that there has been some good hunts, but no one has contacted me yet.

I hope that some archers will give me a call if they harvest a big buck. I would like to hear about it and get your picture in the paper.

Lee Wahlgren is the BCR Outdoor Editor. Contact him at

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