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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 1, 2013 
CONTACTS:
Chris McCloud 
217-785-0075 
 
 
Illinois DNR October 2013 Newsbits 
Resident Archery Deer and Fall Turkey Permits:  The Illinois Archery Deer and Illinois Archery Fall Turkey seasons are open Oct. 1, 2013-Jan. 19, 2014.  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 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.  Season dates are Oct. 1, 2013-Jan. 19, 2014.  Find a license and permit vendor near you at this link: http://dnr.illinois.gov/DNRDirectMonitor/VendorListing.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. 15-Dec. 8 (or until quotas are exhausted).  Find a vendor near you at this link:  http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx

Illinois Waterfowl Digest:  Review this season’s Illinois waterfowl regulations with the Illinois Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations, available online on the IDNR website at this link:
www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/DigestWaterfowlHuntingRegulations.pdf

Archery, Firearm, Muzzleloader, and Late-Winter/CWD Seasons CWD Sampling: Deer hunters statewide in Illinois 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, 2013 thru Jan. 20, 2014, can be found at this link on the IDNR website:
http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Documents/CWDsamplinglocations-STATEWIDE-2013.pdf
Test results will be posted by hunter phone number on the IDNR web site at: http://dnr.state.il.us/cwd/

Rendezvous at Spoon River Encampment: Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown hosts the annual Rendezvous at Spoon River Encampment on the museum grounds on Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 12-13 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The living history weekend events are part of the Spoon River Scenic Drive weekends.  Visitors will learn 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.

Native American Program:  Visit the Dickson Mounds Museum on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 1-4 p.m. for a ‘Native American Game Day’ program.  Visitors will spend an afternoon enjoying a variety of intellectually stimulating and physically challenging Native American games.  The event is free and open to the public.  Dickson Mounds Museum is located at 10956 North Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown.  For more information, phone 309-547-3721.

Fort Massac Encampment:  The annual Fort Massac Encampment is Sat., Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Metropolis, IL. The annual encampment festival celebrates the history of Fort Massac from the mid-18th to early 19th centuries.  Re-enactors bring to life the history of the fort with crafts, military drills, music, children’s games, and a mock battle.  Admission is free.  For more information, call 618-524-4712.

Annual Pheasant Hunt at Rend Lake Nov. 10-12:  Join hunters from throughout the state at scenic Rend Lake Resort on Nov. 10-12 for the annual Kim Presbrey Memorial Pheasant Hunt, hosted by the Illinois Conservation Foundation.  Enjoy an afternoon of trap, skeet, and five-stand shooting at the Rend Lake Shooting Complex, followed by an evening pairings reception on Nov. 10, then a full day of pheasant hunting on Nov. 11.  Lodging and meals are provided.  Proceeds benefit ICF youth conservation education programs.  Register online at www.ilcf.org or phone 217-785-2003.   

ICF Wall Calendar:  Order the beautiful 2014 Illinois Conservation Foundation wall calendar today.  The calendar will be available by Nov. 1, 2013.  If you relied on the former OutdoorIllinois wall calendar, you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy of this calendar. Proceeds from the sale of the 2014 ICF wall calendar will support youth conservation education programs in Illinois.  The 9” x 12” calendar contains stunning photography of Illinois wildlife and natural resources and can be purchased for $15, or two for $29, or three for $41.25.  Order online at www.ilcf.org or by phone at 217-785-2003. Checks and money orders can be mailed to Illinois Conservation Foundation, ATTN Wall Calendar, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271.

ICF Raffle:  Tickets are available 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 Nov. 1, 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.

Trapping Permits Drawing in Pittsfield:  The IDNR will conduct a public drawing for the allocation of three Furbearer Trapping Permits – two for the Ray Norbut State Fish and Wildlife Area in Pike Co. (one for the main site near Valley City and the other for a satellite property near East Hannibal) – and the other permit for Weinberg-King State Park - Spunky Bottoms Unit in Brown Co.  The drawings will be held at the IDNR Pittsfield Office at 7 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 16.  Registration will begin at 6 p.m. at the office, which is located on Highway 106 West in Pittsfield. The permits will be valid for a two-year period.  All persons entering the drawing must have a current 2013 trapping license in possession. The person whose name is drawn must be in attendance. Trapping will be allowed on the sites in conjunction with the statewide season dates and regulations.  Some restrictions may apply.  For additional information, call Weinberg-King State Park (217-392-2345) or the IDNR Pittsfield office (217-285-2221).

Sangchris Lake Trapping Permit Drawing:  One trapping permit will be awarded at a public drawing to be held on Sat., Oct. 19 at Sangchris Lake State Park, 9898 Cascade Road, Rochester, IL 62563.  Registration for the drawing will begin at 10 a.m. at the site office, and the drawing will be held at 11 a.m.  Trapping will be permitted in the designated area from the statewide opening until Jan. 25, 2014, and include the extended spring season for mink and muskrat through Feb. 15, 2014; and, beaver and otter trapping, which are allowed through Mar. 31, 2014.   A 2012 or 2013 trapping license or trapper education card will be required to register for the drawing.  Two names will be allowed on the permit and registrants must be in attendance for the drawing.   For more information about trapping opportunities, contact Sangchris Lake State Park at 217-498-9208.

Trapping Permits Drawing at Stephen A. Forbes:  The IDNR will conduct a public drawing at 11 a.m. Sat., Oct. 19 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 County.   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’s trapping license in their possession.  Persons whose names are drawn must be in attendance.  For additional information, contact Stephen A. Forbes State Park, 6924 Omega Road, Kinmundy, IL 62854, phone 618-547-3381.

Trapping at Coffeen Lake:  Trapping permits will be awarded at a public drawing to be held on Fri., Oct. 25 at Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Coffeen.  Registration for the drawing will begin at 10 a.m. at the site office, and the drawing will be held at 11 a.m.  Trapping will be permitted in the designated areas from the statewide opening until Jan. 25, 2014, and include the extended spring season for mink and muskrat through Feb. 15, 2014, and beaver and otter trapping which are allowed through Mar. 31, 2014.   A 2012 or 2013 trapping license or trapper education card will be required to register for the drawing.  For more information about trapping opportunities, contact Coffeen Lake SFWA at 217-537-3351.

Weldon Springs Trapping Drawing:  A drawing to determine trapping privileges at Weldon Springs State Park will be conducted on Friday, Oct. 25.  Trappers interested must apply to the park office prior to the drawing by calling 217-935-2644.  Applicants for the lottery drawing must provide their name, address, phone number, and trapping license number.  One trapper will be drawn to trap beaver, muskrat and raccoon, and statewide regulations and season dates apply.  For more information, phone the Weldon Springs site office at 217-935-2644 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Trapping at Beaver Dam:  Two trapping permits will be awarded at a public drawing to be held on Mon., Oct. 28 at Beaver Dam State Park, Plainview.  Registration for the drawing will begin at 10 a.m. at the site office for the drawing at 11 a.m.  Trapping will be permitted in the designated areas from the statewide opening until Jan. 25, 2014, and include the extended spring season for mink and muskrat through Feb. 15, 2014 and beaver and otter trapping, which are allowed through Mar. 31, 2014.   A 2012 or 2013 trapping license or trapper education card will be required to register for the drawing.  For more information about trapping opportunities, contact Beaver Dam State Park at 217-854-8020.

Trapping at Horseshoe Lake (Madison Co.):  Six trapping permits will be awarded at a public drawing to be held Mon., Oct. 28 at the site headquarters of Horseshoe Lake State Park, Granite City.  Registration for the drawing will begin at 10 a.m. at the site office, and the drawing will be held at 11 a.m.  Four permits will be allocated for Horseshoe Lake State Park, and trapping will be permitted from the 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, including the extended spring season for mink and muskrat through Feb. 15, 2014, and beaver and otter trapping will be allowed for all areas through Mar. 31, 2014.   A 2012 or 2013 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 at 618-931-0270.

Eldon Hazlet Trapping Permits:  Three trapping permits will be awarded at a public drawing to be held Tues., Oct. 29 at the site headquarters of Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area, 20100 Hazlet Park Road, Carlyle, IL 62231. 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 Jan. 25, 2014, and land sets only are permitted. A 2012 or 2013 trapping license or trapper education card will be required for the drawing.  For more information about trapping opportunities, contact Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area at 618-594-3015.

Sam Parr Trapping Permits:  The lake at Sam Parr State Fish and Wildlife Area in Jasper Co. will be opened for trapping beginning Nov. 10, 2013. Permits for trapping at Sam Parr SFWA will be allocated at a drawing to be held at 7 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 1 at the park office located at 13225 East State Highway 33, Newton, IL 62448. Permit applicants must submit to the site office prior to the drawing their name, address, phone number, date of birth, and number of traps (water sets only) available for use. The successful applicant must have a valid trapping license and habitat stamp in addition to a site permit to trap at the site. For additional information, contact the Sam Parr site superintendent at 618-783-2661 or the IDNR District Wildlife Biologist at 217-345-2420.

Science Series:  The October Ill. St. Museum Science Series program on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. will feature Dr. Duane Esarey of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey presenting ‘Untangling the Piasa's Tale: A Revised Interpretation.’ The program will be held at the Museum's Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash Street, Springfield.  Lost accounts and contradictory details have made painted images on the rock bluff at Alton, Illinois an enduring source of mystery.  Learn more at this free program on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.

Super Saturdays:  The October ‘Super Saturdays’ at the Ill. St. Museum in Springfield is ‘Rockin' Minerals’ on Sat., Oct. 12 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  The free event features activities recommended for children ages 3-8. Parents and families are encouraged to participate.  For more information, call 217-782-6044.  The Ill. St. Museum is located in the State Capitol Complex at 502 S. Spring St. in Springfield.

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 Nov. 1, 2013. IDNR 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.

National Fossil Day:  Visit the Illinois State Museum on Wed., Oct. 16 for National Fossil Day.  The Museum is partnering with the National Park Service for the 4th annual event in which docents will answer questions and allow visitors to see fossils up close. Children visiting the Play Museum will have the chance to examine fossils under the video microscope.  The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 217-782-5993 or check the website at www.museum.state.il.us.

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