Early Season Whitetail Hunting in Illinois

Opening week whitetail taken in pike county illinoisAugust 15, 2018 – Early Season Illinois Whitetail Hunting Report – We have been scouting several nice bucks in the bean and alfalfa fields. Our clover food plots are looking great and should create some great hunting opportunities come October. If bucks continue on the same patterns into October, archery hunter success rates could be very high. 

The Illinois whitetail archery season begins on October 1st. Most of the month of October is considered early season whitetail hunting in Illinois and the entire Midwest. October deer hunting can be divided up into three different hunting times: opening week, mid-October, and late October (considered pre-rut).