IDNR looking for hunters to help Lake Springfield's deer overpopulation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) – The city of Springfield is on the hunt to reduce Lake Springfield's white-tailed deer population.  Illinois Department o...

July 30, 2022
3:16 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) – The city of Springfield is on the hunt to reduce Lake Springfield's white-tailed deer population.  Illinois Department of Natural Resources and City Water Light and Power announced a partnership again to recruit experienced archery hunters to hunt deer on selected sites of city property around Lake Springfield in the fall. IDNR said a healthy density of 15 to 20 deer is good in order for native plants to thrive. An aerial survey in 2021 found an average of 77 deer per square mile in the area surrounding Lake Springfield.

Danny Connolly