A new website, Hunt Illinois, pulls together public hunting information in Illinois, but leaves some mistakes in place, such as listing safety classes by 102 counties rather than by date; at least a good usable calendar has permit and season dates in one place.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced today the release of the Hunt Illinois website, which pulls together public hunting information in Illinois.
Good, it’s a shift in the right direction.
The most usable part, by my view, is the calendar with listings of permit and season dates.
But it leaves in place one of the most galling features in my view, both as a dad and an outdoors professional.
The listings for safety classes remain by 102 counties rather than by date. That just blows my mind.
Here’s why it matters. The kids who are hardcore hunters will find a way to squeeze in their hunter safety classes, but the kids who will hunt as a social or family activity need all the help they can get. As an outdoors and hunting community, those tangential kids may be the most important ones to keep in the fold.