Illinois Waterfowl Digest: Review this season’s Illinois waterfowl regulations with the Illinois Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations now available online on the IDNR website at this link: www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/DigestWaterfowlHuntingRegulations.pdf
Follow the IDNR: Keep up to date with events and information on outdoor recreation and natural resources in Illinois through IDNR postings on Facebook and Twitter. Find us at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/about/Pages/SocialNetworking.aspx
Remaining Firearm Deer Permits: Those Illinois firearm and muzzleloader deer permits remaining available following the close of random daily drawings will be available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors from Oct. 16-Dec. 9 (or until quotas are exhausted). Find a vendor near you at this link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx
Resident Archery Deer and Fall Turkey Permits: Resident combination archery deer permits, resident antlerless-only archery deer permits, and resident archery fall turkey hunting permits are available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. Find a vendor near you at this link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx
Non-Resident Deer and Turkey Permits: The remaining non-resident 2012 Illinois combination archery deer permits, as well as non-resident antlerless-only archery deer permits and non-resident archery fall turkey permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. Find a vendor near you at this link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx
Youth Deer Permits: Resident and non-resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits for the Oct. 6-7 season are available through Oct. 7 over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. Find a vendor near you at this link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx
Late Winter and CWD Deer Special Hunt Area Applications: Hunters may apply online from Oct. 30-Nov. 26 for site-specific permits for designated IDNR Special Hunt Areas for the Late Winter and CWD Deer Hunts. The online application system will be available through the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov
. A list of Special Hunt Areas open only to hunters with site-specific Late-Winter and CWD season permits is available at this link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer/Pages/ResidentLateWinterAntlerlessDeerHunting.aspx
Permits for these sites are limited and will only be available through the online application from Oct. 30-Nov. 26 (paper applications will not be available). Hunters may submit only one online Special Hunt Area application. Unfilled 2012 site-specific firearm, muzzleloader or youth permits for these sites are not valid during the Late-Winter Firearm and CWD Deer season (except at sites where standby hunting is available). Late-Winter and CWD Deer season dates are Dec. 27-30, 2012 and Jan. 18-20, 2013. County permits for these seasons will be available over-the-counter beginning Dec. 11.
Upland Prospects: For information on prospects for the 2012-13 pheasant, quail and rabbit seasons in Illinois, check the IDNR web site for the annual hunting prospects reports prepared by the IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources. The links to the reports are available through the IDNR web site at: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/uplandgame/Pages/PheasantQuailAndRabbitAnnualStatusReports.aspx
ICF Quail Hunt: The Illinois Conservation Foundation’s annual Kim Presbrey Memorial Quail Hunt is scheduled for the Rend Lake Resort on Nov. 11-13. For more information, phone the ICF at 217-785-2003 or register online at www.ilcf.org/events
Online Free Site Hunting Permits: Hunters are reminded that Free Site Hunting Permits (windshield cards) to hunt upland, forest game and waterfowl at IDNR sites are available online from the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov
. Click on ‘Hunting/Trapping’ and then ‘Public Hunting Areas’ to print these permits. Hunters are encouraged to view the link to hunter fact sheets also available at the site. For information or assistance, hunters should contact the site where they intend to hunt.
Rendezvous at Spoon River Encampment: Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown hosts the annual Rendezvous at Spoon River Encampment on the museum grounds on Oct. 6-7 and Oct. 13-14 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The living history weekend events are part of the Spoon River Scenic Drive weekends. Members of the Mackinaw Valley Longrifles Association will be on hand to teach visitors about the lifestyles, survival skills, and rich cultural history of Illinois 18th and 19th century inhabitants. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
Fort Massac Encampment: Enjoy southern Illinois’ most popular fall festival, the annual Fort Massac Encampment at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis, on Oct. 20-21. The event recalls life at Fort Massac during the 18th and early 19th centuries when the fort was a military outpost along the Ohio River. The encampment festival times are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 20 and 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 21. Admission is free and parking is provided at the Old Fairgrounds adjacent to the park. Tram service will be provided and is accessible to visitors with disabilities. For more information about the encampment and Fort Massac State Park, phone 618/524-4712.
Super Saturdays: Children are invited to visit the Illinois State Museum on Sat., Oct. 13 for the ‘Super Saturdays’ program on dinosaurs. ‘Fantastic Fossils: Dinosaurs!’ is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with special exhibits, games and crafts for children ages 4-8. For more information on the free event, phone 217-782-6044. The Illinois State Museum is located in the State Capitol Complex in Springfield.
Sportsman’s Raffle: Buy your ticket today for the 2012 Illinois Conservation Foundation Sportsman’s Raffle and help expand youth conservation education and outdoor recreation programs in Illinois. Sportsman’s Raffle tickets are $100 each and prizes – including a grand prize of up to $100,000 – will be presented at a drawing in Sangamon County on December 6, 2012. The next “early bird” prize will be awarded for a ticket drawn in Sangamon County on October 4, 2012. Proceeds from the raffle will support programs at the ICF Torstenson Family Youth Conservation Education Center in Pecatonica, IL. The raffle is being conducted in accordance with the Raffles Act. All business operations of the raffle take place exclusively in Sangamon County. Raffle tickets are available online at www.ilcf.org
and by mail at: Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271.
Trapping Permit at Sangchris Lake: A public drawing will be held on Oct. 13 for a Sangchris Lake State Park trapping permit. Registration will be at 12:30 p.m. with the drawing at 1 p.m. at the site headquarters, located approximately six miles southeast of Rochester. One permit for one trapping zone will be allocated through the drawing procedure. Two names will be allowed on the permit, and only those individuals listed will be allowed to trap. All persons entering the drawing must have a current 2012 trapping license in possession. Persons whose names are drawn must be in attendance. For more information, contact Sangchris Lake State Park, 9898 Cascade Road, Rochester, IL 62563 or phone 217-498-9208 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Beaver Dam, Horseshoe Lake Trapping Drawings: Drawings are scheduled for Oct. 29 for trapping permits at Beaver Dam State Park in Macoupin Co. and Horseshoe Lake State Park in Madison Co.
• Two trapping permits will be awarded at a public drawing on Oct. 29 to be held at the site headquarters of Beaver Dam State Park, 14548 Beaver Dam Lane, Plainview, IL 62685. Registration for the drawing will begin at 10 a.m. at the park office and the drawing will be held at 11 a.m.
• Trapping will be permitted in the designated areas from the statewide opening until January 25, 2013, except beaver and otter trapping which are allowed through March 31, 2013. A 2011 or 2012 trapping license or trapper education card will be required to register for the drawing. For more information about trapping opportunities at Beaver Dam State Park, phone 217-854-8020.
• Six trapping permits will be awarded at a public drawing to be held on Oct. 29 at the site headquarters of Horseshoe Lake State Park, 3321 Highway 111, Granite City, IL 62040. Registration for the drawing will begin at 10 a.m. at the park office and the drawing will be held at 11 a.m. Four permits will be allocated for Horseshoe Lake State Park. Trapping will be permitted at Horseshoe Lake State Park from statewide opening, with the exception that during waterfowl season, live traps and land sets only will be permitted. At the close of waterfowl season, all trapping will be permitted following statewide regulations. The remaining two permits will be allocated to the satellite site Gabaret, Mosenthein and Chouteau Island Area. Statewide regulations will be in effect for this area. Beaver and otter trapping will be allowed for all areas through March 31, 2013. A 2011 or 2012 trapping license or trapper education card will be required to register for the drawing. For more information about trapping opportunities, contact Horseshoe Lake State Park 618-931-0270.
Eldon Hazlet Trapping Drawing: Four trapping permits will be awarded at a public drawing to be held Saturday, Oct. 27 at the site headquarters of Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area, 20100 Hazlet Park Rd, Carlyle, IL 62231. The site is located on Carlyle Lake in Clinton Co. Three permits will be awarded for Eldon Hazlet SRA and one permit for South Shore State Park. Registration for the drawing will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the park office and the drawing will be held at 9 a.m. Trapping will be permitted in designated areas from the statewide opening until Jan. 25, 2013, and land sets only are permitted. A 2011 or 2012 trapping license or trapper education card will be required to register for the drawing. For more information, contact Eldon Hazlet SRA at 618/594-3015.
Schoolyard Habitat Grants: The IDNR, Illinois Conservation Foundation, U.S. EPA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program are partners in offering funds to teachers and youth group leaders in Illinois for wildlife habitat development or enhancement on school grounds or other public property. Up to $1,000 per applicant is available. The application deadline is Nov. 30, 2012. Projects such as butterfly gardens, prairie plots, schoolyard arboretums, and bluebird nesting trails have been developed by grant recipients. Visit http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/grants.htm
to access the instructions and application form.
National Fossil Day: The Illinois State Museum in Springfield is partnering with the National Park Service for the 3rd annual National Fossil Day on Wed., Oct. 17 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum visitors are invited to see fossils up close. Children visiting the Play Museum will have the chance to examine fossils under a video-microscope. Visitors will also receive a commemorative bookmark. National Fossil Day is free and open to the public. For more information, call 217-782-5993.
Owl Night Hikes: Join the Friday Night Hikes to listen for owls at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton. Meet at the Pere Marquette Visitor’s Center at 8 p.m. on Oct. 5, 12 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and on Oct. 19 at 8 p .m. for the programs, followed by two-mile hikes (bring one flashlight per family). Roast marshmallows and hotdogs after the hikes. For more information, phone 618-786-3323.
Scenic Drive at Pere Marquette: Enjoy an Awesome Autumn hike at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton on Sat., Oct. 20. Meet at the Visitor’s Center at 10 a.m. The scenic drive will include a stop for lunch. Phone 618-786-3323 for more information.
CWD Sampling During the Firearm Deer Season in Northern Illinois Counties with Mandatory Check Stations: Firearm deer hunters in 10 northern Illinois counties are required to register all deer harvested during firearm season (Nov . 16 – 18; and Nov 29 – Dec. 2) at check stations between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Biologists will be present to take CWD samples for testing at the time of registration. Testing is voluntary, but all hunters with adult deer are encouraged to participate. Note: Successful Kendall County firearm deer hunters are also encouraged to bring their adult deer to a check station in one of the adjacent counties for testing, as IDNR needs additional samples from this county to properly evaluate the status of CWD. Find the check station details at this link: http://dnr.state.il.us/cwd/Documents/CWDSamplingLocations.pdf
Statewide Archery, Firearm, Muzzleloader, and Late-Winter/CWD Seasons CWD Sampling: Deer hunters statewide are encouraged to allow samples to be taken for chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing from adult deer they harvest. The locations serving as CWD sampling stations, taking samples from entire deer or deer heads from October 1, 2012 thru Jan. 20, 2013, are available at this link: http://dnr.state.il.us/cwd/Documents/CWDSamplingLocations.pdf
CWD test results will be posted by hunter phone number on the IDNR web site at: http://dnr.state.il.us/cwd/
Target Hunger Now: Hunters are encouraged to donate whole deer to the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger program – part of the IDNR ‘Target Hunger Now!’ initiative. Participating meat processors turn the donated deer into ground venison for delivery to food banks and charities in Illinois. For more information on ‘Target Hunger Now!’ and the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger program, check the IDNR website at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/MeatProcessorList.pdf
, email tracy.shafer@Illinois.gov
, or write to Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271.
ESPB 40th: The Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act was established in 1972 and 2012 marks its 40th anniversary. It is upon this anniversary that the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board presents a new publication on efforts to protect those species of plants and animals native to Illinois which are in danger of being lost from the wild in the state. The new publication The Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act at Forty: A Review of the Act’s Provisions and the Illinois List of Endangered and Threatened Species is now posted to the ESPB website at http://www.dnr.state.il.us/espb/index.htm
Trapping Drawings: The IDNR will host drawings for trapping permits later this month at two IDNR sites. The IDNR will conduct a public drawing at 11 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 20 for the allocation of trapping permits for the Stephen A. Forbes State Park. Registration begins 10:30 a.m. at the site maintenance building, located approximately four miles southeast of Kinmundy, Illinois in Marion Co. One permit for each trapping zone will be allocated through the drawing. Two names are allowed per permit, and only those names listed are allowed to trap. All persons entering the drawing must have a current or previous year trapping license in their possession. Persons whose names are drawn must be in attendance. For additional information contact the Stephen A. Forbes State Park, 6924 Omega Road, Kinmundy, IL 62854, phone 618-547-3381
The IDNR will conduct a public drawing at 11 a.m. Sat., Oct. 27 for the allocation of trapping permits for the Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area. Registration begins 10 a.m. at the site office, located approximately two miles southwest of Coffeen, Illinois in Montgomery Co. One permit for each of eight trapping zones will be allocated through the drawing. Two names are allowed per permit, and only those names listed are allowed to trap. All persons entering the drawing must have a current or previous year trapping license in their possession. Persons whose names are drawn must be in attendance. For additional information contact the Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, 15084 N. 4th Ave., P.O.Box 517, Coffeen, IL 62017, phone 217-537-3351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org