Add “deer season” to the list of things being affected by surging pandemic.

In response to rising positivity rates of COVID-19, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has announced the closure of all Deer Check Stations during the upcoming firearm deer hunting seasons, slated for Nov. 20-22 and Dec. 3-6.

Colleen Callahan, director of IDNR said quote: “The closure of deer check stations and the loss of chronic wasting disease monitoring data was a difficult decision and one that our staff did not make lightly.”

Deer Check Stations are used by IDNR to monitor chronic wasting disease (CWD) in La Salle County and 14 other counties. Now, instead of bringing deer to check stations, successful firearm hunters in these counties must report their harvest by 10 p.m. on the same calendar day the deer is taken by using a toll-free telephone check-in system (866-452-4325) or an online check-in system (

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