DNR Warns Hunters About Having Permits

By WEEK Producer

November 8, 2011 Updated Nov 8, 2011 at 11:19 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Department of Natural Resources says deer are extremely active right now.

Bow hunting season began October first. Firearm season is just two weeks away.

One big problem with hunting season is those who don't follow the laws.

Dave Landers says the wildlife population around his home on Derby Road in Peoria is dwindling.

"There was wildlife here. We saw it as soon as we pulled on to the street 22 years ago," said Landers.

But according to Landers, what's going on how is not hunting; it's slaughtering.

Landers says a neighbor is allowing hunting on their property. Others in the neighborhood have found deer stands and blinds on their land, all of which backs up to park district land.

"His [the neighbor's] land only goes to the top of the hill. These deer and some of these stands go clear over the top of the hill and into the valley next door. We don't know whose property it is, but we do know that is where they're hunting," said Landers.

Conservation Police Officer Scott Avery was called to Derby Road Saturday about a man hunting deer illegally.

"Not only did the hunter not possess the correct tag, he failed to tag either deer," said Officer Avery.

The man has since been arrested and charged. Avery says bow hunting is legal inside Peoria city limits with the right permits and tags.

"If you have permission, and you're not knocking on doors and finding that out beforehand, you're taking a big gamble," said Avery.

If you do choose to hunt inside Peoria city limits, its important to know exactly where you are, especially if you're on or near Peoria Park District land.

"There is no hunting on Park District property at all, regardless of the weapon. Bows, rifles etc. there is no hunting on our properties," said Peoria Park District Police Chief Sylvester Bush.

Landers doesn't want the hunting in his neighborhood either.

He's contacted his councilman Dan Irving, who is working to create an ordinance banning bow hunting in Peoria city limits.

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