Around 1990 changes started taking place that eventually ruined and even ended the outdoor experience for many Pike County residents. Word of the big whitetail bucks being taken by area hunters spread. This in turn caused hunters outside Illinois to begin showing up to try their luck at tagging a giant whitetail buck. The influx of nonresidents began slowly, but as each season passed, the trend grew, spawning a new industry in the area: outfitting. In fact, from 1991 through 1996, the number of nonresident archery deer hunters rose more than 400 percent in Illinois and more than doubled again between 1996 and 2000. Many of these hunters ended up in Pike. Before the 1990s had ended, the county stood as the perfect example of why states must limit nonresidents.