DRY NOVEMBER AGGRAVATES DROUGHT CONDITIONS
A very dry November aggravated the drought conditions we experienced this year. Meteorologist Jim Kramper said after the very dry spring and summer, the listening area received a bit of relief in late summer and early fall with some rain. This alleviated much of the drought conditions in most of Illinois. November, however, was very dry again. Drought levels have begun to creep back up throughout parts of Southern Illinois. At this time, Bond County is not considered to be too terribly dry and the county has not been raised to a "Moderate Drought Level." Jim said if we get more rain, things should hopefully get back to normal.
2012 FIREARM DEER SEASON TOTALS
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released the preliminary totals for the 2012 firearm deer season. Hunters harvested a total of 99,324 deer this year, approximately 1500 more than in 2011. Despite the overall increase, numbers in our area were slightly lower than last year. In Bond County, hunters got a total of 754 deer this year compared with 786 in 2011. Clinton County showed a decrease of about 100 deer with 756 deer taken in 2012. Hunters in Fayette County got 1,722 deer this year, compared to the 1,952 deer from 2011. The archery deer season continues through January 20, 2013 and the seven-day split late-winter firearm antlerless-only deer season and special CWD deer season are December 27-30 and January 18-20. For more information about the firearm totals or the upcoming deer hunting opportunities, visit the Department of Natural Resources website at www.dnr.illinois.gov.