Early Season Whitetail Hunting in Illinois

Opening week whitetail taken in pike county illinoisSept 27, 2018 – Early Season Illinois Whitetail Hunting Report – We have been scouting several nice bucks over the summer. As the whitetails change their patterns, we begin to adjust our scouting measures and prepare for our early season whitetail hunts here in Pike County, Illinois. We always look forward to opening week here at the lodge!

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).