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Waterfowl Hunting

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.

Open Houses Scheduled: Waterfowl hunters interested in learning more about upcoming duck and goose seasons are invited to attend one of three public open houses hosted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in May. The open houses will allow hunters to visit with IDNR staff in an informal setting and ask questions about hunting zones and season dates proposed for the next five years. IDNR biologists will have the latest aerial waterfowl surveys, weather and freeze-up dates and hunter survey results. Biologists will be on hand to answer questions and interpret data.

The open house dates are May 12, 14 and 15, 2015
For more information, read the press release and view the meeting posters.

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