The cooler weather is a welcome sign for water fowl hunters in central Illinois.
Late last week opened the water fowl season in Illinois and DNR conservation officer John Williamson says local hunters hope for cold weather because the warm water discharge at Clinton Lake will offer hunters good opportunities.
The warm water discharge at Clinton Lake will also attract eagles through the cold months. Williamson indicates fish and other animals will congregate in that warm water area and give them a spot to hunt.
Illinois has seen a number of suspicious deaths in the eagle population and Williamson asks the public to be their eyes and ears. He says their officers can't be everywhere at once, so it never hurts to call in something you think may be suspicious.
To make a report about a tip you have to DNR, contact them at 1-877-2DNRLAW. You can also visit dnr.illinois.gov for the latest in hunting and fishing information.