Early Season Whitetail Hunting in Illinois

June 11, 2019 – Early Season Deer Hunting Report – We had some great early season whitetail hunts here at the lodge last season even with warmer temperatures. Our clover food plots and treestand locations adjacent to water holes and white oak acorns proved to be succesful. The harvest picture below is from a Mid-October archery hunt this past season at the lodge. Our clover food plots are looking great as we have had record amounts of rain this past spring! early season bowhunting whitetail hunting in illinois

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).