Firearm Deer Permit Applications: Resident and non-resident deer hunters can apply for the second lottery drawing for 2014 Illinois Firearm Deer and Muzzleloader-only Deer permits. The deadline to apply for the second lottery is June 30. Illinois resident hunters who applied in the first lottery for firearm and muzzleloader permits can check their permit status online on the IDNR website at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer/Pages/OnlineDeerPermitInquirySystem.aspx
For more information on deer hunting, check the website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer
Apply Now for Non-Resident Archery Deer Permits: The online lottery application period is open through June 30 for Non-Resident Illinois Archery Combination Deer permits for the 2014-15 deer season. Non-resident hunters can apply online through a link available at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer/Pages/Non-ResidentArcheryDeerHunting.aspx
Non-residents may apply for one combination archery permit per season. The upcoming Illinois Archery Deer season is Oct. 1, 2014 - Jan. 18, 2015 (except closed in firearm deer counties on Nov. 21-23 and Dec. 4-7, 2014).
Online Dove Permits: Online applications will be accepted from resident Illinois hunters from June 11-July 2 for the first lottery for Illinois Free Dove Hunting Permits for hunting at select state sites. Applications may be submitted for the second lottery by resident hunters who were unsuccessful in the first lottery, residents who did not apply in the first lottery, and non-resident hunters for the second lottery drawing from July 3-16. After the second lottery permit application deadline on July 16, hunters may apply for remaining free dove permits on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. on July 30 – Aug. 25. For more information on dove hunting permit areas and free dove permits, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/dove
Reminder: Illinois Free Fishing Days are June 6-9.
Renew Watercraft Registration by Phone or Online: Watercraft owners in Illinois are reminded that boat registrations (except for non-powered watercraft) are good for three years and expire on June 30. Watercraft owners can renew registration online at https://www.il.wildlifelicense.com/vehicle.php?action=vehiclelkup
or by phone by calling 1-866-867-3542. When renewing, watercraft owners should have handy their Illinois registration number and hull identification number (located on the registration card) and pen and paper to record their confirmation number.
Non-motorized watercraft, canoes, kayaks and paddle boats in Illinois are no longer required to be titled or registered in Illinois. Non-motorized watercraft owners are now required to purchase a Water Usage Stamp for $6.00 per calendar year for each of the first three vessels, and $3.00 each for any additional vessels (plus an agent fee of $.50 will be charged per vessel). The annual stamps expire on December 31 each year. Water Usage Stamps are available from all DNR Direct license and permit vendors. Check on DNR Direct vendor locations at this link: http://dnr.illinois.gov/DNRDirectMonitor/VendorListing.aspx
Camping Reservations: Summer is a great time for camping in Illinois. Make campsite and shelter reservations for many IDNR sites online through the Reserve America website at www.reserveamerica.com
using a Visa or MasterCard. For more information, check the IDNR website at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/camping/camprsvp.htm
Duck Stamp Display: Dickson Mounds Museum and the Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuges Complexes are hosting a display on the Federal Junior Duck Stamp at Dickson Mounds Museum through June 13. A king eider will appear on the 2014-2015 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The acrylic painting by 16-year-old Si Youn Kim, of Tenafly, N.J., was chosen by a panel of judges at the national Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. Proceeds from sales of the $5 Junior Duck Stamp support environmental education. Dickson Mounds Museum is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97 and is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. Tours and special programs are available for groups with reservations. For more information, call 309-547-3721.
Fall Turkey Applications: Resident Illinois hunters can apply online for permits for the Illinois Fall Shotgun Turkey season (Oct. 25-Nov. 2) at www.dnr.illinois.gov
. The first lottery application deadline is July 7. For more turkey hunting information, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/turkey
Trails Brochure Now Available: Illinois offers a remarkable variety of bike trails, providing countless opportunities to experience the state’s diverse natural resources and communities. Trails offer recreation and transportation within communities, connecting neighborhoods, businesses, schools, and parks. Trails also connect communities with each other. Trails are often located within greenways, which help to protect open space resources. Find a copy of the Illinois Bike Trails 2014 brochure on the IDNR website at: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/publications/documents/00000642.pdf
Wingshooting Clinics: Wingshooting clinics will be conducted at sites throughout Illinois through early November this year. Most clinics are conducted on weekends. Wingshooting clinics are held on IDNR sites, cooperating gun clubs, hunting preserves, and farms. Wingshooting clinics for youth (age 10-15) and women provide instruction on safely firing a shotgun at a moving target with reasonable reliability. Hunter wingshooting clinics are hands-on, and include extensive live fire at a variety of clay target presentations on sporting clays courses specifically designed for teaching typical hunting situations. For this year’s wingshooting clinic schedule and more information, check the IDNR website: http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/wingshooting/wingshootinghome.htm
Memorial Open Water Swim at Lincoln Trail State Park: Plan to attend the first Geoffrey Keller Memorial Open Water Swim on Sat., June 21 at Lincoln Trail Lake at Lincoln Trail State Park, Marshall, IL. The inaugural event will be held in honor of the late Geoffrey Keller in support of Malignant Hyperthermia awareness. For more information, call the Lincoln Trail State Park office at 217-826-2222, or check the website at http://my.mhaus.org/event/id/383007/Geoffrey-Keller-Memorial-Open-Water-Swim-6-21-14.htm
Science Series: The Illinois State Museum Science Series program for June is “Recent Investigations at Kincaid Mounds—2003 to 2013” at the ISM Research and Collections Center in Springfield on Wed., June 11 at 7 p.m. Presented by Dr. Brian Butler of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the presentation will summarize new survey data from Kincaid Mounds in southern Illinois, the largest Mississippian mound center in the Ohio Valley. The free program is at the ISM Research and Collections Center, 1011 East Ash Street, Springfield. www.museum.state.il.us/events
Super Saturdays at the Museum: The Illinois State Museum presents “On the Road Again! Capturing Travel Memories” on Sat., June 14 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Children and families can learn about photography, journaling, and other ways to remember and share their travel adventures. Super Saturdays are free, with activities targeted to children ages 3-8. The Illinois State Museum is located in the State Capitol Complex at 502 S. Second St., Springfield. www.museum.state.il.us/events
Summer Fun Fridays: Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown is hosting a new program series for kids ages 9 - 11 years old on Fridays this summer. The ‘Summer Fun Fridays’ series begins with “Nature Watch” on Friday, June 13 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Participants will strengthen their nature observation skills while exploring the Museum grounds. Using binoculars, microscopes, and other tools in the field, kids may enjoy seeing a whole new world of natural science around them. Registration is required with a deadline of June 11. The program fee is $3 for Illinois State Museum Society members and $5 for non-members. Participants must provide their own snacks and drinks and dress appropriately for the outdoors. The Summer Fun Fridays program series will be offered every Friday from June 13 - July 25 (except July 4) from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. with a different topic featured each week. Call the Dickson Mounds Museum at 309-547-3721 to register.
More than Bows-n-Arrows: Dickson Mounds Museum presents ‘More Than Bows-N-Arrows’ on Sunday, June 15 from 1 - 4 p.m. Visitors will learn life sustaining skills, such as throwing spears, creating arrows by pressure flaking, using pump drills, cultivating with a stone hoe, and fire-starting. View demonstrations of stone tool making, pottery making, and cordage making. Visitors will see how a deer’s leg tendon was made into sinew, which was used to attach a stone point and feather fletching to an arrow. In addition, IDNR will provide archery opportunities throughout the afternoon. Enjoy this free Father’s Day family event at Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown. Phone 309-547-3721 for more information.
Celebrate Summer: Wake up early on Saturday, June 21 to welcome the first day of summer at Dickson Mounds Museum, when the sun is at its highest point and casts the longest period of daylight in a 24-hour period. Learn about how past and present people around the world recognized the significance of the position of the sun at particular times of the year. The Celebrate the Summer Solstice event begins at 5:00 a.m. (until 7:30 a.m.) at the Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown. Enjoy the sunrise, a bonfire, and live music. The event is free and all ages are welcome. For more information, phone 309-547-3721.
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