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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 6, 2013 
CONTACTS:
Chris McCloud 
217-785-0075 
 
 
Illinois DNR Newsbits for August 2013 
Grand American: The IDNR welcomes trapshooters and shooting sports enthusiasts from around the world to the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta for the annual Amateur Trapshooting Association Grand American Trapshooting Championships, Aug. 7-17. For more information on this premier shooting sports event, go to the ATA website at www.shootata.com.

Visit Conservation World:  Enjoy free family-oriented entertainment and youth activities at Conservation World during the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 9-18 in Springfield.  Kids can try to catch a fish or practice their skills at the archery and BB gun ranges. Visitors will find plenty to do, and a shady place to sit on a park bench and relax while visiting Conservation World – open from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. each weekday and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. each weekend day of the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 9-18.

ICF Raffle:  Tickets are on sale now for the 2013 Illinois Conservation Foundation Raffle supporting youth programs at the Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center in Pecatonica, IL.  Raffle tickets are $100 each or three for $250.  Raffle prizes – including a grand prize of up to $100,000 – will be presented at a drawing in Sangamon County on November 1, 2013.  An Early Bird prize will be awarded in a drawing in Sangamon County on Aug. 15, 2013. 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:  ICF, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271.
 
New Hunting and Trapping Digest:  The Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations 2013-2014 edition is now available to view 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 from Aug. 13 through Sept. 9 for random daily drawings for 2013 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 now 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 2013 Illinois combination archery deer permits, as well as non-resident antlerless-only archery deer permits and non-resident archery fall turkey permits are now 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, by phone at 1-888-673-7648 (1-888-6PERMIT), or online at www.dnr.illinois.gov through Aug. 31 (OTC only after Aug. 31).  The Youth Deer Hunt is Columbus Day weekend, the second weekend in October.

Upland Game Permits:  Hunters may apply through Aug. 31 for the Illinois 2013 Free Upland Game Hunt Permit program.  Applications must be made online at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/uplandgame

Controlled Pheasant Permits:  Information is now available online for hunters to apply for 2013-14 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 or www.tmillerinc.com.

Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permits:  Resident hunters may apply online from Aug. 13-27 for the first lottery for the Illinois 2012 Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit program.  The second lottery deadline will be Sept. 10 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. 24.  All initial applications must be made online at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/Pages/OnlinePermitApplication.aspx
 
ICF Seeking Executive Director:  The Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) Board of Directors is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.  The Executive Director is a full-time position reporting directly to the Chairman of the Board and the ICF Board of Directors.  The Executive Director is responsible for fundraising and management of the organization, including strategic and policy planning, board relations, fund development and donor relations, and shares responsibilities as spokesperson for the organization with the Chairman. Since 1994, the ICF has partnered with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to raise financial resources designated to help protect and enhance the natural wonders of Illinois.  The ICF is a grassroots conservation effort, conceptualized by Illinois' first Conservation Congress.  More than 40,000 supporters partner with ICF to help realize those goals. The ICF is a 501 (c) (3) organization with all funds held in private accounts.  For detailed job description and application information, check the ICF website at http://www.ilcf.org/index.php/95-staff/111-ed-job-description

Fur Harvest Survey:  The 2012-13 Illinois Fur Harvest Survey, which estimates numbers and values of pelts sold by hunters and trappers, shows the total number of pelts sold was 200,913, an increase of 11% from 2011-12.  The value of pelts sold by fur-takers increased 62% to $2.5 million.  Favorable global markets lifted pelt prices to levels not seen since the late 1970s and early 1980s.  Sales of Illinois trapping licenses increased from 4,996 in 2011-12 to 6,384 in 2012-13; this was the largest number of licenses sold since 1988-89.  The first modern season for trapping river otter in Illinois occurred in 2012-13, with a harvest of 2,002 pelts (approximately 13% of the statewide population).  Trappers targeting river otters also captured beavers, which contributed to a 67% increase in harvest of this species.  Sales of coyote pelts increased 124%, spurred by an average value of $17.60 per pelt.  The full Fur Harvest Survey report is available on the IDNR website at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Documents/FURSUMM1213.pdf

Pere Marquette State Park Rendezvous:  Visitors are invited to step back in time to the days when frontier fur trappers met with fur traders and buyers in a reenactment festival at Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton, IL on Sept. 7-8.  The first-ever Pere Marquette State Park Rendezvous will be a traditional Pre-1840 Rendezvous, with buckskinned re-enactors portraying primitive traders and campers.  There will be period demonstrations, black powder and longbow shoots, camp music, and food harkening back to the Illinois frontier.  The Pere Marquette State Park Rendezvous features free admission, with hours 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 7 and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 8.   For more information, call 217-524-5861 or email tom.munroe@Illinois.gov

September Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop:  The IDNR invites women to register for the upcoming ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’ workshop, Sept. 27-29 at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton.  BOW workshops are designed to provide introductory instruction in 25 outdoor related activities. Classes are conducted in a casual and non-competitive atmosphere by experienced instructors.  The cost is $165 per person, which includes the workshop, meals, lodging and transportation during the event.  Registration is limited, so sign up today.  Workshop and registration materials can be found on the IDNR website at www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/Bow.
 
Wingshooting Clinics:  The IDNR and participating partners sponsor 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 from mid-August through late October.  For a complete schedule, check the webpage at this link:  http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/wingshooting/WingshootingDates.htm 

Wingshooting Clinic at Raycraft Farm, Sept. 7-8:  IDNR, the Illinois Conservation Foundation and primary sponsors Friends of the NRA, Champaign County Pheasants Forever, Piatt County Pheasants Forever, Midwest Pottyhouse, and Raycraft Farm are sponsoring a Wingshooting Clinic for beginning shot-gunners at Raycraft Farm, 7 miles west and 2 miles south of Monticello on Sat., Sept. 7 and Sun., Sept. 8.  The clinic is for women and young wingshooters age 11 years old and up.  The clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  The professional wingshooting teachers are certified National Sporting Clays Association wingshooting instructors.  There is no charge and all supplies, including shotguns and ammunition, are provided, along with lunch.  Co-sponsor members are supplying the manpower and the funding for both sessions. To make a reservation, use the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov and navigate to “Wingshooting Clinics.”  Spaces are still available for women and youth on both days.  This clinic is hands-on and includes extensive live fire at clay targets.  There will also be a short classroom session each day on basic firearm safety and handling, firearm nomenclature, and hunter safety which will be presented by an IDNR Certified Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor. This is basic classroom hunter safety information and does not satisfy the Illinois Hunter Education requirement.  Certification in Hunter Safety is not required to attend this wingshooting clinic.

Johnson-Sauk Trail Youth/Women Wingshooting Clinic:  Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area, the IDNR and the Rock Island and Henry County Chapters of Pheasants Forever are sponsoring a wingshooting clinic for beginning shotgunners at Johnson-Sauk Trail SRA near Kewanee, IL on Sat., Sept. 14.  The clinic is for young wingshooters (boys and girls) ages 10-15 years of age and women. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The clinic runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  The professional wingshooting teachers are certified IDNR or National Sporting Clays Association wingshooting instructors.  There is a registration fee of $10. All supplies including shotguns and ammunition are provided, as is lunch.  To make a reservation, call Bill Candler at 309-848-0080 or 563-726-3323 (space is limited to 24 students).  This clinic is hands-on and includes extensive live fire at clay targets.  There will also be a short classroom session on basic firearm safety and handling, firearm nomenclature, and hunter safety, which will be presented by an IDNR Certified Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor or a NSCA Certified Wingshooting Instructor.
 
ESPB Meeting:  The Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board will meet on Fri., Aug. 16 at 9:30 a.m. at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, 30239 South State Route 53, in Wilmington, IL.  The meeting is open to the public.  For more information, phone 217-785-8687.

Boating Infrastructure Grants:  Local governments, privately-owned marinas and boatyards have until Sept. 25, 2013 to apply for grants available to provide temporary docking facilities for large boats through the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program.  Funds for the program come from federal excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuels through the Sport Fishing and Boating Safety program, and can provide up to 75 percent of an approved project’s cost.  The program is intended to enhance boating for transient, non-trailerable recreational boats - those 26 feet long or longer. The applicant must provide the other 25 percent of a project’s cost. Eligible facilities must accommodate boats of 26 feet or longer, must be used by transient boaters who do not stay more than 10 consecutive days and must be open to the public.  Projects could include boat slips, mooring buoys, navigational aids, safe harbors and initial dredging to provide transient boats with safe channel depths. All proposals must be submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the IDNR Federal Aid and Special Funds Section at 217-782-2602.

Clean Vessel Grants:   The Illinois DNR is soliciting applications for grants to be awarded through the federal Clean Vessel Act grant program.  Local governments and operators of private marinas, boat yards and yacht clubs may apply for the grants to build or upgrade marine sewage disposal systems and renovate pump-out stations used by recreational boaters.  These grant funds help provide facilities for boaters to dispose of their waste in an environmentally safe manner. Applications must be sent to the IDNR by November 1, 2013. The Department will forward proposals to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for consideration. Applicants whose projects are approved will be reimbursed for up to 75 percent of allowable expenses to construct or renovate stations and waste reception facilities. Grant funds are generated from excise taxes on fishing equipment, import duties on tackle and boats and motorboat fuel taxes. Detailed information about the program and application forms are available by calling 217-782-2602 or by writing the IDNR Federal Aid and Special Funds Section, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271.

INPC Meeting:  The 215th meeting of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission will be held on Tues., Sept. 10 beginning at 9 a.m. at Giant City Lodge, 460 Giant City Lodge Road, Makanda, IL.  The meeting is open to the public.  For more information, phone 217-785-8686. 

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