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Illinois IRAP program?

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by rsf31tmp, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. rsf31tmp

    rsf31tmp Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Well, I am having quite the pre-season! First I won the Lottery and will get to do a 4 day muzzleloader hunt at Sangchris State Park. Then, yesterday, I got a package in the mail stating that I have been assigned an IRAP hunt. This is a program where private property owners in Illinois, can use the DNR to let hunters onto private land. The land I got is nice and about an hour from my home. I will be the only person allowed to hunt it from Oct 16th until the 31st. I was shocked and I am very pumped.

    The land is in Macoupin County, straight south of my home. The description states:

    This property is compiled of old, overgrown pasture ground that is surrounded by agriculture fields. Although this is a smaller tract, do not let the size fool you. This is a perfect funnel point for deer.


    Any thoughts?
     
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    dnoodles Legendary Woodsman

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    My thoughts?
    1st thought- Crap. Wish I knew about this program 3 weeks ago.
    2nd thought- Congrats. Get yourself a ground blind and hunker down.
     
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    This....I missed the deadline to apply for the program.
     
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    elkguide Grizzled Veteran

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    What a lucky man you are.

    I'd get some boots on the ground as soon as I could and then whether it is a ground blind or a tree stand or if it's a pile of downed logs, I'd be getting something set up and be dreaming sweet dreams every night now through the 31st. (or until you fill your tags!)
     
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    rsf31tmp Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Can't touch it until Oct 16th, but hoping to hang a few stands
     
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    rsf31tmp Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Hanging stands next Sunday, can't wait! Basically will hunt, one Saturday and two Sundays, but still pumped
     
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    rsf31tmp Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Think I will change this thread to a journal
     
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    b_walte15 Weekend Warrior

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    How is it coming so far for you?
     
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    rsf31tmp Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Well today is Oct 16th my first day. After Church, we took the kids out for lunch and then I headed out. Google maps has it as a 59 minute ride and in my '89 Chevy it took all of that. I was thrilled when I drove up to the land, while it is not a huge acreage, it is surrounded for miles by woods, hill, waterways and great farm ground. The first thing I checked was the field around it, all shelled corn. As I approached the woods, I quickly found the woods were very thick and drop into a small creek right off the eastern field edge. I crossed the trees to the north property line and saw great bedding areas, some of the thickest/tangled woods ever. A thin band off woods leaves my access area to the north and that holds a larger creek. I crossed the creek and found the western creek edge was very steep and rises over 20 feet. As I walked south, I could see through the woods to the corn field to the south. Two small creeks feed the north creek; one coming from the southeast (where I park) and the other from the south west. To the south of the creeks the woods was a bit larger with some great trees to climb. I glanced from the south side, over the rise to the northwest. High ground with many straight trees and thick sticker bushes all over the ground. I saw and old ladder stand on the creek edge facing the southwest. The creek coming from the southwest looked to have a band of woods maybe 20-30 yards wide. I settled on a tree over the southeast creek, facing a large lowland area where the creeks meet. I hung a hang-on stand with a set of climbing sticks. It has corn to the southwest, creek to the northwest, north and east. Across the creek to the north is a very tangled mess of low trees (deadfalls?) I think this will be a great morning stand with west or northwest wind, maybe even southwest? I picked a tree to climb if north winds happen and think I could find many evening sites for any wind. Next weekend I am planning to hunt from sunrise to sunset on Saturday and Wil do the same Sunday if needed. As I stated earlier, I have the property until the 31st, but will not be able to hunt the land at all after this coming weekend. So Sunday when I finish up, all stands will have to come down with me to pack for home. Saturday when I go down, I will bring a climber and a second hang-on set just in case. Lastly, I did set a trail cam a little northwest of my stand looking down a trail into the bottoms. I should be sleeping, but I am a bit jacked up right now. I will post some picks soon
     
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    rsf31tmp Die Hard Bowhunter

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    ImageUploadedByBowhunting.com Forums1476675529.665222.jpg my North view
    ImageUploadedByBowhunting.com Forums1476675572.383789.jpg my East view
    ImageUploadedByBowhunting.com Forums1476675596.941364.jpg my South view
    ImageUploadedByBowhunting.com Forums1476675622.870162.jpg my West view

    Hope next Saturday's weather helps the cause
     
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    rsf31tmp Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I hunted it very hard yesterday with no luck. Seems the deer are working picked fields and not in the woods much?
     

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