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    Illinois Guys...

    I know w/o a gun tag we could not bowhunt during the gun season,someone told me that changed this year.I cannot find anything of it.
    Anyone know if this is true or not?
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    You can bowhunt during gun as long as you wear the orange stuff.

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    unless it changed you can only bowhunt during firearm seasons in special areas only, better check idnr site

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    This taken directly from the Illinois DNR deer hunting fact sheet.


    2012 DEER HUNTING SEASONS Archery: Oct. 1 through Jan. 20 in Cook, DuPage, Lake and that portion of Kane County east of State Route 47. In all other counties and that portion of Kane County west of State Route 47 the archery deer season is Oct. 1 through Jan. 20 EXCEPT archery hunting is CLOSED for the two seasons of firearm hunting. Archery deer hunting is OPEN during the muzzleloader-only and youth firearm and the late-winter & CWD deer seasons (Dec. 27 - 30 & Jan. 18 - 20, 2013).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerhunter 28 View Post
    You can bowhunt during gun as long as you wear the orange stuff.
    I was bow hunting during the youth muzzleloader season.
    I didnt bowhunt during the firearms season.
    I see now that you cant bowhunt during the 2 firearms seasons

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    never have been able to bowhunt during gun, frickin stupid imho, i can see maybe on public ground but on private it simply makes no sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtrkyman View Post
    never have been able to bowhunt during gun, frickin stupid imho, i can see maybe on public ground but on private it simply makes no sense.
    And you expected the State of Illinois to make sense? I really don't see why we shouldn't be able to bow hunt during gun season. If they are concerned about the extra numbers of hunters in the woods (probably only applicable to public land), then make the gun tag an "any weapon" tag, and let us bow hunt on our gun tags. I know my buck and doe I took during gun season this year were both within bow range - first deer within bow range all year. I would have definitely been bow hunting if it was legal.

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    I have a private lease(1300acres) in Illinois,so if I want to hunt the last three weeks of Nov can I buy a gun tag and hunt w my bow?
    It seems to read that way but I cant find a clear cut answer on the DNR website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dillio67 View Post
    I have a private lease(1300acres) in Illinois,so if I want to hunt the last three weeks of Nov can I buy a gun tag and hunt w my bow?
    It seems to read that way but I cant find a clear cut answer on the DNR website.
    you cant bowhunt during the 2 shotgun seasons

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    This might be easier to understand. The only times you cant bowhunt is the Fri., Sat., and Sun. before Thanksgiving weekend and the Thurs., Fri., Sat., and Sun. after thanksgiving weekend. You can bowhunt youth shotgun and the 2 late season doe only gun weekends as long as you wear 400" of orange. There are a few state parks that allow bowhunting during the shotgun weekends if you wear orange, these parks do not allow gun hunting and its only a select few parks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dillio67 View Post
    I have a private lease(1300acres) in Illinois,so if I want to hunt the last three weeks of Nov can I buy a gun tag and hunt w my bow?
    It seems to read that way but I cant find a clear cut answer on the DNR website.
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    So then I will be a smoke pole carrying pumpkin...I cant believe I cant carry my bow even if I pay for a gun tag.
    Makes no sense to me....
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    Quote Originally Posted by dillio67 View Post
    So then I will be a smoke pole carrying pumpkin...I cant believe I cant carry my bow even if I pay for a gun tag.
    Makes no sense to me....
    You have 1300 acres in IL and 3 weeks in Nov. to hunt........ and your complaining?

    Why did you lease the land before knowing our hunting regs before hand?
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    Not complaining,just looking for a clarification before we all spend another $500 ea for tags.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerhunter 28 View Post
    You can bowhunt during gun as long as you wear the orange stuff.
    I guess you can....but expect to get a HUGE fine for doing it

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