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From: TSS ()
Date: December 23, 2006 at 9:08 am PST

Published: December 23, 2006

Quick Shots: Outdoors
16 more CWD deer discovered

Tests for chronic wasting disease found 16 more confirmed cases in northern Illinois this fall, bringing the total to 163 since the stateís first infected deer was discovered in 2002 near Roscoe.

The positive tests came from deer killed by firearm and archery hunters and a few suspicious deer taken by DNR staff.

Winnebago and DeKalb counties each had six; Boone County four.

All but one case was from deer in previously infected areas. The exception was a deer killed in southern DeKalb County, about seven miles from the LaSalle County line.

The state has included southern DeKalb in next monthís special CWD hunt because of the new discovery.

The latest positives came from about 2,500 deer. Tests have not been completed on all deer sampled during the firearm seasons.

Hunters find more than deer

Deer hunters in Michigan, Arkansas and Tennessee found methamphetamine labs or their remnants this season, according to Gannett News Services. Meth is an addictive stimulant made in home labs, which are often hidden in rural settings.

Midwest deer harvests increase

Midwest states had increased firearm deer harvests this season.

Illinoisí total was 115,192 deer, compared with 114,209 last year.

Wisconsinís harvest was 336,211, compared with 325,630 in 2005.

Michiganís harvest was up about 7 percent at about 258,000.

Minnesota doesnít yet have a total but officials expect it to surpass 250,000, which would place it among the stateís five best harvests.

Court rules in muted swan fight

A District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of government agenciesí right to manage muted swans.

An animal-rights group contended the swans were protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Agencies in several states, including Wisconsin, Indiana and Maryland, have been challenged as they try to control muted swan population.

The swans are considered destructive to the wetland systems. They also are known to attack nesting native swans and waterfowl.

Ringing Salvation Army bell

If youíre out doing holiday shopping this morning, stop by the Wal-Mart at Owen Center Road and Riverside Boulevard where Iíll be manning the Salvation Army Christmas kettle from 10 a.m. to noon at the retail entrance.

Stop by, say hi and make a donation to a good cause.

Last week several readers visited and contributed, including a couple who delivered a cookie tin and sock filled with pennies.

Great plate

In response to my request for interesting outdoors-related license plates, Register Star copy assistant Gareth Sleger reported spotting this one on an Illinois car: GO FISH. Angler or card player? You decide.

If you have or see an interesting outdoors-related plate, contact me at the phone number or e-mail address below.

Doug Goodmanís Quick Shots on outdoors appear Saturdays. Contact him at 815-987-1386 or


Illinois Chronic Wasting Disease:

2005-2006 Surveillance/Management Summary


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