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 width=The 3rd annual youth deer hunt held at Lake Shelbyville hosted ten youths for the special 2 day youth Illinois gun season.  The event, which is held annually on Columbus Day weekend, was sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Lakes Volunteer Association.  All youths and their parent/guardian stayed at the Okaw Bluff group houses and experienced a deer camp atmosphere complete with wiener roasts, campfires, and plenty of tall tales.  Over the weekend seven of the ten youths killed a deer for a 70% success rate, the best success rate to date.  A 10-point buck and six antlerless deer made up the harvest.  All ten participants saw and had shot opportunities at deer.  For information on next year’s hunt or if you are interested in volunteering for the youth or disabled deer hunt held the first shotgun season each year contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Park Ranger Brock Key at (217)-774-3951 Ext. 7008 or jonathon.b.key@us.army.mil.    

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