IllinoisHunter.com was created in 2004 by a small group of Central Illinois sportsmen who wanted an easier way to find useful information about hunting in Illinois. Although a great deal of useful information is out there on the "Net," finding it is not always easy. For example, at http://dnr.state.il.us (the comprehensive Illinois Department of Natural Resources website,) useful hunting information can be buried several navigation levels deep. Instead of trying to relay a complicated web address to a buddy over the phone, it is simpler just to send them to IllinoisHunter.com!
Our Publisher and Webmaster is Larry Dale of Petersburg, Illinois. A lifelong hunter, Larry is the owner of New Salem Firearms located "on the square" in downtown Petersburg, Illinois. He previously retired in 2002 as the Director of Media Services at the University of Illinois at Springfield, where he also held faculty appointments in both MIS and Communications. Larry is currently an IDNR-Certified Safety Instructor, and recently served for 7 years as the Master Hunter Safety Instructor for Menard County, IL. He also previously served five years as the charter Chapter President of the New Salem Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF,) and as the Chapter President of the Prairie Rockets Chapter of Quail Forever. Larry has over 25 years of previous experience working on Ducks Unlimited (DU) committees and with other sporting organizations. Current volunteer activities also include serving as the Webmaster of the Menard Archers Archery Club, and also the Springfield Tactical Shooters Club affiliated with USPSA. Larry is the publisher of both PetersburgIL.com and TurkeyPro.com. Mr. Dale is also the owner of our sponsoring company SportingDomains.com, which is an online company selling Internet Domain Names, Web Hosting, and other Web-Based services.