Free ‘Green Fire’ Screening at UIS: The IDNR and the University of Illinois Springfield on Tues., Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. will host a free screening of the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy. See the film at the UIS Brookens Auditorium. 'Green Fire' shares highlights from Leopold’s extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. Executive Producer Buddy Huffaker will introduce the film and field questions. The 'Green Fire' screening will be preceded by an Environmental Fair hosted by the UIS Department of Environmental Studies from 5:30-7 p.m. For more information: www.greenfiremovie.com
Collector Day: The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will present the annual Collector’s Day on Sat., Nov. 5 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Collectors from across Central Illinois will display their treasures at the museum and answer questions from visitors. This year’s displays will include meteorites, antique cameras and tools, model houses and trains, bonsai, and more. The event is free and open to the public. No buying, selling, or appraisals will be allowed. The Illinois State Museum is located at 502 S. Spring Street, Springfield. For more information, phone 217/782-0061.
Firearm Deer Permits: Remaining Illinois firearm deer permits are available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors through Dec. 11 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 Fall Turkey Permits: Remaining non-resident 2011 Illinois combination archery deer permits, non-resident antlerless-only archery deer permits, and non-resident archery fall turkey permits are available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx
Late-Winter and CWD Deer Special Hunt Area Applications: Hunters may apply online through Nov. 28 for site-specific permits for designated IDNR Special Hunt Areas for the Late-Winter Firearm and CWD Deer Hunts. The online application system is 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 are only available through the online application until Nov. 28 (paper applications are not available). Hunters may submit only one online Special Hunt Area application. Unfilled 2011 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 County Permits: 2011-2012 Late-Winter Firearm Antlerless-only Deer county permits will be available over the counter (OTC) through DNR Direct license and permit vendors beginning on Tues., Dec. 13. County permits for the CWD Deer Season will also be available OTC beginning on Dec. 13. The dates for the seven-day Late-Winter and CWD deer seasons are Dec. 29, 2011-Jan. 1, 2012 and Jan. 13-15, 2012.
CWD Sampling Reminder: Deer hunters statewide are encouraged to allow samples to be taken for chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling from adult deer they harvest. The following locations are serving as CWD sampling stations, taking samples from entire deer or deer heads thru Jan. 15, 2012:
County Location Hours
The Butcher Block, 819 Maine St.., Quincy
217/222-6248 M - F 8 am - 5:30 pm
Sat. – 8 am – 4 pm
Mike’s Food Market, Louisville, IL
618/665-3151 M-Sat, 8am – 6 pm
Stewart’s Archery, 132627 Old State Road, Charleston, IL 217/345-8671 M-F, 10am – 9 pm; Sat-Sun, 9am – 9 pm
Stork’s Processing, 18066 W. Walnut St.,
Palestine, IL 618/586-2131 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Solo Deer Processing, 201 Main, Kane, IL
217-942-9126 Archery - M-Sun. 9am-5pm
Shotgun - 8am-7pm
Woodhull Locker, 330 N. Division Street, Woodhull, 309-334-2235 8-5 M-F; 8-12 Sat; closed on Sunday
John’s Venison Processing,
22972 E. Rush Rd, Bluford, 618/237-5426 M- Sat, 7a.m. – 8 p.m. Closed Sundays
Muchow Taxidermy, 7056 W. Guilford Rd., Galena, 815/777-0506 Call 815/777-0506 for appointment.
TALK Deer Processing, 600 N. Ferne Clyffe Rd., P.O. Box 159, Goreville, IL 62939
7 days per week – 8am to 8pm; Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and the day following each holiday. After New Year’s hours subject to change, please call ahead.
John’s Elgin Market, 1620 Gilten, South Elgin,
847/741-6374 M-F 8am-7pm, Sat 9am-12pm, Sat-Sun during firearm season 8am-5pm,
Heinkel’s Packing, 2005 N. 22nd Street, Decatur, IL 217/428-4401 M-F 7:30am-5pm, Sat. 9am-12pm then 4pm-5pm, Sun 10am-11am then 7pm-8pm
Days of shotgun season only 8am-7pm
Troy Foods, Inc., 404 E US Hwy 40, Troy, IL 618/667-6332 Mon – Sat, 8am – 5pm; Sun, Noon – 5pm
Days of shotgun season only 8am-8pm
Blandinsville Locker, South Main Street.
Blandinsville, IL 309/652-3695 Hrs 8 am-12 noon Oct 1-Oct 15th
8 am-4 pm Oct 16th - Dec 15 or by appointment
Jones Locker Service, 204 N Seminary Ave, Woodstock, 815/338-1016 M-F 9am-5:30pm, Sat-Sun 9-3:30, starting Jan. 1 Sat 9-5, Sun closed
Dave’s Bait, Tackle and Taxidermy,
4419 Rt. 176, Crystal Lake, 815/455-2040 M-F 7am-7pm, Sat 6am-7pm
Sun 6am-5pm, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas, New Years Eve 6am-3pm
Chenoa Locker, 8 N. Veto, Chenoa, IL
815/945-7323 Mon thru Fri 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. 7 a.m. to Noon
Headons, 103 Main, Creston, IL
815/384-3620 T-F 8am-5:30pm, Sat 8am-4pm
Lamczik Meat Processing, 245 S. Wells,
DuQuoin, IL 618/542-2216 Monday – Friday 8am-5 pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday
Valley View Custom Butchering,
36046 175th Ave, Pleasant Hill (no phone) Closed on Sunday
Hours variable; someone usually around
Wenneman’s Meat Co., 7415 State Rte 15, St. Libory, IL 618/768-4328 M-F 7a,-5:30pm and Sat 7am-4pm
Harbach Meats, 6444 US 20 W, Freeport, IL 815/232-7807 M-F 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-noon
Wayne’s Taxidermy, 6849 S. Koch Rd.,
Pearl City, IL 815/864-2140 Call 815/864-2140 to make an appointment.
Campground Venison Processing
5565 St Hwy 146E, Anna, IL 618/697-0039 M-Sat, 8am – 6 pm
Smokehouse Processing, 5735 S. 9th St., Rockford, IL 915/378-8641 Daily 9am – 5pm
Pinnons Meats, 2324 N. Court, Rockford, IL 815/962-0131 M-Sat 8am-6:30pm, Sun 9am-5pm
Eickmans Processing, Grant St, Seward, IL 815/247-8451 M-F 7am-5:30pm, Sat 7am-noon
Authentic Taxidermy, 1849 Yates Ave, Beloit, WI 608/362-8323 Call 608/362-8323 to make an appointment.
The following sites are serving as self-serve drop-off sites where hunters can fill out a sample submission card and leave adult deer heads:
County Location Hours
Boone County Conservation District-Maintenance Bldg, 655 N. Appleton Rd., Belvidere, IL M-Sun 8am-5pm
Shabbona Lake State Park, 4201 Shabbona Grove Rd., Shabbona, IL M-Sun
Pleasant Valley Township Bldg., 9009 E. Willow Rd, Mt. Carroll, IL (corner of Willow Rd and IL Hwy 78) M-Sun
Aurora West Forest Preserve, 40W244 Hankes Rd., Aurora, IL M-F, 830am-4pm
Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve, North Operations Shop, 42W797 Rohrsen Rd., Hampshire, IL M-F, 830am-4pm
I & M Canal Seneca Grain Elevator
124 W. William Street, Seneca, 61360 M-Sun (east side of District Forester’s office)
Franklin Creek State Natural Area, 1872 Twist Rd., Franklin Grove, IL M-Sun
Castle Rock State Park, 1365 W. Castle Rd., Oregon, IL M-Sun
Rock Cut State Park, 7318 Harlem Rd., Loves Park, IL M-Sun
Sugar River Forest Preserve, 10127 Forest Preserve Rd, Durand, IL M-Sun
Test results will be posted by hunter phone number on the IDNR web site at: http://dnr.state.il.us/cwd/
Register Now For Youth Goose Hunt: Registration is open for the 12th annual Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt sponsored by the IDNR on Dec. 26-27 at private waterfowl hunting clubs in Peoria, Fulton and Knox counties. Those interested in the youth hunt must phone 217/785-8060 to register for a lottery drawing. The deadline to register is Fri., Dec. 9. First-time applicants will be given a priority over previous participants in the drawing. The hunt is open to youth ages 10-15 at the time of the hunt. All applicants must have successfully completed a hunter safety education course, possess a valid Illinois hunting or sportsman's license, have a Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number, and have a 20 gauge or larger shotgun. Youth hunt participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must possess a valid FOID card. To register for the hunt or for more information, call 217/785-8060.
Spring Turkey Applications: Resident hunters may now apply for the first lottery for 2012 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits online. The link to the online permit application can be found on the IDNR website Spring Turkey webpage: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/turkey/Pages/SpringTurkeyHunting.aspx
The application deadline for the first lottery for 2012 resident spring turkey permits is Dec. 1, 2011. Non-residents may apply for 2012 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey permits beginning Dec. 6.
Youth Spring Turkey Special Hunt Area online permit applications will be accepted online from Jan. 17, 2012-Feb. 20, 2012. For more information on 2012 spring turkey hunting: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/turkey/Pages/SpringTurkeyHunting.aspx
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/Pages/SportsmenAgainstHunger.aspx
, phone 217/785-5091, email tracy.shafer@Illinois.gov
or write to Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271.
OutdoorIllinois: The cover of the November 2011 issue of the IDNR monthly magazine OutdoorIllinois features a red-headed woodpecker, one of the seven woodpecker species found in Illinois. This edition of OutdoorIllinois features an article about the woodpeckers of Illinois and tips for identifying these common visitors to winter bird feeders. Other stories this month include Pyramid State Park in Perry County, the continued search for Thismia, a plant last seen in 1916, and an alert concerning a deadly pathogen that now threatens Illinois’ most expensive timber, black walnut. Of interest to sportsmen are articles on tips for turkey hunting and maximizing your potential to put venison in the freezer. For a summary of feature magazine articles, listen in on monthly podcasts at www.dnr.state.il.us/OI
. OutdoorIllinois is a great tool for learning about Illinois' natural, cultural and recreational resources and a bargain at only $15 for a one-year, 12-issue magazine subscription that includes an information-packed annual calendar in the December issue. Visit dnr.state.il.us/OI or call 1-800-720-3249 to subscribe. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. For information on advertising in OutdoorIllinois, call 217/785-8610 or e-mail email@example.com
One Dozen Holiday Gifts: Need 12 gift ideas for that special outdoorsman or outdoorswoman? How about a one-year gift subscription to OutdoorIllinois magazine? For just $15, friends and family members will receive 12 full-color issues of OutdoorIllinois, packed with state park features, how-to outdoors tips, hunting and fishing tales, IDNR news updates and plenty more. It is easy to subscribe: In Illinois, order toll-free at 1-800-720-3249 or online at dnr.state.il/oi.
Annual Wall Calendar: Looking for the perfect gift to keep sportsmen abreast of hunting, trapping and fishing season dates or keep families informed of programs and events in Illinois state parks? The OutdoorIllinois wall calendar may be just what you need. Included as part of the December magazine, the calendar and December magazine may be purchased for $3, or a full year of the magazine is just $15. To place an order in Illinois, call toll-free at 1-800-720-3249 or online at dnr.state.il/oi.
ESPB Meeting: The Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board will meet on Fri., Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, 30239 South State Route 53, Wilmington, IL, 60481. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, phone 217/785-8687.
Celebrity Quail Hunt: Support youth hunting and fishing programs by attending the Illinois Conservation Foundation Celebrity Quail and Pheasant Hunt at Rend Lake Resort on Nov. 13-15. For more information, phone the ICF at 217/785-2003 or register online at www.ilcf.org/events
Conservation Achievement Scholarships: The Illinois Conservation Foundation will honor high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding efforts to preserve, protect, enhance and/or promote Illinois’ natural resources with the awarding of three Conservation Achievement Scholarships. One $5,000 scholarship, one $3,000 scholarship and one $2,000 scholarship are available. Applications must be received by Nov. 30. The application form is available online at this link: https://www.ilcf.org/scholarships/default.aspx
. For more information, phone 217/785-2003.
Science Series: The Illinois State Museum’s monthly Science Series program for November is ‘Building Bridges: IDOT Archaeology and Tribal Consultation’ on Wed., Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at the ISM Research and Collections Center, 1011 East Ash, Springfield. Presented by Brad A. Koldehoff (University of Illinois) and Dr. John Walthall (IDOT Chief Archaeologist), the program will review archaeological excavations conducted in advance of major transportation projects that have yielded new and important information about the peoples of Illinois’ past. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, phone 217/782-0061 or check the museum website at www.museum.state.il.us/events
Paperpalooza: Children are invited to learn about paper and art, explore the On and of Paper exhibition, and work with professional artists to create beautiful works of art at Paperpalooza, the November ‘Super Saturdays’ event at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. The free event on Sat., Nov. 12 is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Highlights include papermaking, origami art, printmaking, and a collaborative paper sculpture. For more information, phone 217/782-6044 or check the museum website at www.museum.state.il.us/events
. The Illinois State Museum is located in the State Capitol Complex at 502 S. Spring, Springfield.
Schoolyard Habitat Grants: The IDNR Division of Education invites applications for the Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program. The grant program provides funds to establish or enhance wildlife habitat on the school grounds or other public place and is available to teachers, youth group leaders, and nature center personnel. Visit http://dnr.state.il.us/education/CLASSRM/grants.htm
to access the application form. The application deadline is Nov. 30.
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