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The Next Five Years

At its October meeting, the Natural Resources Advisory Board (NRAB) voted to recommend two changes to IDNR’s waterfowl zone and season dates proposal. IDNR is in the process of developing zone lines and season dates for the next five years (2016-2020 seasons). Director Wayne Rosenthal will make the Department’s recommendation which is due to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dec. 1, 2015.
NRAB recommends changes to the line between the North and Central Zones remain the same. The board also recommends season opening dates for the South Central Zone be moved to the Saturday closest to Nov. 5 each year.  The proposals can be viewed below
The public can submit comments on the recommendations at: Comments will be accepted through Nov. 24.



Waterfowl hunting has a rich heritage in the Prairie State and continues to be popular among many dedicated enthusiasts.  While Illinois has lost much wetland habitat due to drainage, excellent habitat still exists in many areas and is managed intensively for waterfowl.  The position of the state in the middle of the Mississippi Flyway, makes it an important stopover point to the millions of ducks and geese winging their way south from the breeding grounds every fall.  These birds provide abundant recreational opportunities for sportsmen who have harvested an average of approximately 446,306 ducks a season between 2005-2009.  IDNR biologists and land managers provide hunting for waterfowl at 69 public hunting areas throughout Illinois.

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