Waterfowl Baiting Alert: Due to summer-long drought conditions in Illinois, some farmers have been mowing or tilling their unharvested crop fields. The IDNR reminds hunters that the manipulation, including mowing or tilling, of unharvested crop fields is not a normal agricultural practice for waterfowl hunting purposes. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports federal baiting laws still apply, even during times of drought. It is a violation of the baiting laws under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act if scattered grain is not totally removed 10 days prior to hunting. Hunters should familiarize themselves with baiting laws in Illinois. For more information on waterfowl baiting regulations, refer to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website regarding baiting regulations at http://www.fws.gov/le/waterfowl-hunting-and-baiting.html
Illinois Hunting and Trapping Digest: Be alert to hunting and trapping regulations in Illinois by reviewing the Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations 2012-2013. The digest is available at many IDNR offices and vendor locations, and is also available online in PDF format through the IDNR website at this link: www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/HuntTrapDigest.pdf
Firearm Deer Permits: Permit applications will be accepted through Sept. 10 for random daily drawings for 2012 Illinois firearm and muzzleloader deer permits. For details, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer
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://dnr.illinois.gov/DNRDirectMonitor/VendorListing.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://dnr.illinois.gov/DNRDirectMonitor/VendorListing.aspx
Youth Deer Permits: Resident and non-resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. Find a vendor near you at this link: http://dnr.illinois.gov/DNRDirectMonitor/VendorListing.aspx
Controlled Pheasant Permits: Hunters can go online to apply for 2012-13 Illinois controlled pheasant hunting opportunities available at 19 IDNR sites. Fifteen of the sites are operated by the IDNR, while four other sites are managed by concessionaire T. Miller, Inc. For application information, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov
Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permits: Resident hunters may apply online for the second lottery for the Illinois 2012 Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit program. The second lottery deadline is Sept. 11 for those unsuccessful resident applicants from the first lottery, residents who didn’t apply in the first lottery, and non-residents. The third lottery deadline will be Sept. 25. All initial applications must be made online at www.dnr.illinois.gov/duck
Coffeen Lake Youth Deer Hunt: IDNR will conduct a drawing on Sat., Sept. 15 for three youth to hunt deer during the Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Season at the Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area-Upland Management Area on Oct. 6-7. Participating youth must have a valid Montgomery County Youth Firearm Deer Permit. To be eligible for the Sept. 15 drawing, the youth’s name, mailing address, and contact number must be printed on a 3" x 5" postcard and received at the Coffeen Lake SFWA site office by close of business on Sept. 14. Successful applicants will have until Sept. 30 to apply for and report their Montgomery County Youth Firearm Deer Permit number to the Coffeen Lake site office (failure to do so will result in losing the spot for the special youth hunt and an alternate selection will take their place). The mailing address to apply is: Coffeen Lake FWA, P.O.Box 517, Coffeen, IL 62017. For more information, contact the site office at 217-537-3351 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
INPC Meeting: The Illinois Nature Preserves Commission will meet on Tues., Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. at the Monroe County Annex, 901 Illinois Ave., Waterloo, IL. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, phone 217/785-8686.
Wingshooting Clinics: The IDNR and participating partners are sponsoring wingshooting clinics at sites throughout Illinois to help improve the shooting skills of participants. Youth/Women's clinics are designed to teach participants basic firearm safety and the fundamentals of wingshooting. Hunter clinics are designed to enhance the wingshooting skills of hunters and provide sound wingshooting practice techniques. Upcoming clinics will be conducted on weekends through late October. For a complete schedule, check the webpage at this link: http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/wingshooting/WingshootingDates.htm
Hall of Fame Fundraiser Sept. 15: Tickets are still available for the Illinois Conservation Foundation’s Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame Event and Fundraiser on Sat., Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Stoney Creek Inn in East Peoria. Two new members of the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame will be inducted at the event: Warren Gale of Orion and Allie Lymenstull of Quincy. The fundraiser will also feature silent and live auctions including firearms from Browning, Benelli, Winchester and Savage; bows and archery equipment; wildlife prints; hunting trips; outdoors gear; hunting trips; jewelry and household items. For tickets and more information, check the ICF website at www.ilcf.org
or phone 217-785-2003.
Chad Morgenthaler Bass Tournament: The Illinois Conservation Foundation invites anglers to Rend Lake on Oct. 6 for the 7th annual Chad Morgenthaler Benefit Bass Tournament, benefitting ICF youth fishing and hunting programs. The event is hosted annually by professional bass angler Chad Morgenthaler and title sponsor Jasper Engines at the popular and productive Rend Lake fishery. In addition to the fishing tournament on Oct. 6, there will be a dinner on Friday night, Oct. 5 at the Rend Lake Resort featuring a silent auction with prizes including boat accessories, fishing gear, firearms and archery equipment. Anglers can download an entry form at www.chadmorgenthaler.com
or can register and pay the entry fee online through the ICF website at https://www.ilcf.org/events/MorgenthalerBenefit.aspx
Sportsman’s Raffle: Get your ticket now 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” prizes will be awarded for tickets 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.
Super Saturdays: The September ‘Super Saturdays’ program at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield is “Make a Splash: Illinois Waterways,” on Sat., Sept. 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Children and families will learn about Illinois' rivers, canals, and other waterways and the plants and animals that depend on them. ‘Super Saturdays’ are especially recommended for children ages 4-8. The event is free. Call 217-782-6044 or check the Museum website at www.museum.state.il.us/events
for more information. The Illinois State Museum is located in the State Capitol Complex in Springfield.
Grandparents Day: Bring your grandchildren to the Illinois State Museum in Springfield for Grandparents Day on Sun., Sept. 9 from 1-5 p.m. Visitors young and old will work together to create a take-home craft and explore the Luminous Ground: Artists with Histories exhibition with a family-friendly exhibition guide and a special Grandparents Day activity. Visitors can also enjoy quality time in the Museum’s other exhibitions including the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum. The event is free and open to the public.
Underground Railroad: On Wed., Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., the Ill. St. Museum in Springfield will host a special program on historical and archaeological research regarding the Underground Railroad. Dr. Michael S. Nassaney of Western Michigan University will present "The Search for the Underground Railroad in Southwest Michigan." During the early 19th century, a population of Quakers and free African Americans assisted in establishing a settlement of fugitive slaves known as Ramptown in southwest Michigan. This presentation discusses Ramptown in the context of the Underground Railroad and the procedures used to locate the settlement. The program will be held at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield at the Thorne Deuel Auditorium on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 217-782-0061.
Creatures of the Night: Learn about the nocturnal animals of Illinois and beyond through games and hands-on activities during a special program on Sat., Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. See specimens from the Museum's collections and talk to scientists. Encounter a live two-toed sloth, a barred owl, and the largest bat in the world during the "Night Creatures" program presented by Rob Mies from the Organization for Bat Conservation. For more information, call 217-782-5993.
Archaeologist for a Day: The Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown hosts “Be an Archaeologist for a Day,” a special event on Sat., Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Learn what it is like to be an archaeologist, including how to excavate, identify artifacts, and process your findings. Bring a sack lunch and be an archaeologist for a day. Call 309-547-3721 to register for this free event.
Trapping Permits – JEPC: A public drawing for the allocation of Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area trapping permits will be held on Sat., Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. at the site headquarters, located approximately five miles southeast of Chandlerville. One permit for each of the five trapping zones will be allocated through the drawing procedure. All persons entering the drawing must have a current 2012 trapping license in possession. At Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA, only Egg Traps, DP (Dog Proof) Traps, box traps, cage traps and traps of similar action may be used. Homemade dog-proof traps must be designed with a foot hold trap no larger than a number two size in an enclosed wood, metal or durable plastic container with a single access opening of no larger than 1½ inch diameter. Body-gripping traps must be completely submerged. For more information, contact Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA, P.O. Box 646, Ashland, IL 62612, or phone 217-452-7741.
Trapping Permit – Sangchris Lake: A public drawing for the allocation of a Sangchris Lake State Park trapping permit will be held on Sat., Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. Registration will be at 12:30 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.
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