Politics is still alive and well in Illinois.
More proof of that comes from the recently released waterfowl hunting dates and zone lines for 2016-20 released by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The dates show slight changes from previously released proposed dates. Read closely. Check out the South Central Zone. Feel free to comment.
And be aware that season dates and zone lines can be influenced by things such as the threat of a lawsuit, political influence and calls from legislators.
That said, you will never be able to please all the duck and goose hunters in this long, varied state. Not with 44 zones.
It does seem, unfortunately, that the voice of public hunters is often lost behind the louder voices of private clubs and individuals.