A random set of Illinois deer hunters and landowners are being sent e-mail invitations to assist with finalizing a new website focused on whitetail deer.
Information collected from hunters and landowners during the review process will be used to finalize the website, with its release to the public anticipated by April 1, 2017.
The website will provide up-to-date information on whitetail deer biology, management, research and regulations.
White-tailed Deer Illinois is a collaborative effort led by the Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, and the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center.
White-tailed Deer Illinois is a digest of biological information and facts to provide users with valuable insights into the life history and management of the Illinois state mammal.
The site also contains information on white-tailed deer stakeholder groups such as hunters, landowners, wildlife watchers and others, on how deer hunting regulations are set, and about deer depredation and deer population control permits. Scientific research activities related to deer and deer hunting are also presented.
Several features of the website will, for the first time, provide users with levels of information previously unavailable. Users will have access to a searchable database of deer-vehicle accidents, and will be able to plot accidents on a state road map by year (2002-2012), month and day.
A second searchable database will allow users to search DNR annual deer harvest data and Illinois Department of Transportation annual deer-vehicle accident rate data. Users can select the county and range of years from 1989 to the present, and view an image displaying both the total deer harvest and annual deer-vehicle accident information.
White-tailed Deer Illinois also offers an online form for reporting sick and diseased deer.
This process will greatly speed the collection and tracking of potential incidence of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
Funding for the White-tailed Deer Illinois website was made through Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Project W-147-T.