The latest shotgun deer hunting weekend is upon us and DNR authorities are again remind hunters of the basic safety tips as they hit the rural areas.
DNR Conservation Sargent John Williamson says it is a good idea before you get settled in to your tree stand, make sure you give it a complete once over and check all the straps and harnesses and make sure they are in good shape, especially if this is your first hunt of the season.
Williamson says with so many things in season right now, DNR officials most often deal with hunters on someone's property without permission. He reminds anyone out hunting to check in with the landowner and verify permission.
If you're venturing into a new area that you might be unfamiliar with, like a state park or recreation area, visit the DNR website for all the regulations for that area. The website is dnr.illinois.gov.