Over five days in early February, Game and Parks staff members surveyed eight areas of the Pine Ridge Management Unit, which encompasses 429 square miles. They counted 862 mule deer, 68 bucks, 477 does and 317 fawns.
Eva Rupert braved 21 days in the wilderness with no food or water to start with and no clothes. The experience was chronicled on a recent episode of the Discovery Channel's “Naked and Afraid'' that features experienced survivalists.
Illinois state lawmakers are getting involved in an effort to find out why the latest deer-hunting season saw such a decline in harvested animals and whether action is needed to increase the deer population.