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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 4, 2011 
CONTACTS:
Chris McCloud 
217-785-0075 
Stacey Solano 
217-558-0994 
Illinois Department of Natural Resources August Newsbits 
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. 3-13. For more information on this premier shooting sports event, go to the web site at www.shootata.com.

Firearm Deer Permits:  The deadline is Aug. 15 to apply for the second lottery drawing for 2011 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 2011 Illinois combination archery deer permits, non-resident antlerless-only archery deer permits, non-resident archery fall turkey 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). 

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).

Upland Game Permits:  Hunters may apply through Aug. 31 for the Illinois 2011 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 2011-12 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. 16-30 for the first lottery for the Illinois 2011 Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit program.  The second lottery deadline is Sept. 13 for those unsuccessful resident applicants from the first lottery, residents who didn’t apply in the first lottery, and non-residents.  All initial applications must be made online at www.dnr.illinois.gov/duck or www.dnr.illinois.gov/goose

New Hunting and Trapping Digest:  The Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations 2011-2012 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
The booklet will be available at Conservation World at the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 12-21 and at Conservation Village at the DuQuoin State Fair, Aug. 26-Sept. 5.  

Public Hunting Areas Report:  The Illinois Public Hunting Areas Report for the 2010-11 hunting season is available on the IDNR website at this link:  http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/Hunting/Iphar/index.html
The report provides Illinois public land hunting effort and harvest data for the 2010-11 hunting season.  The report includes data on trends in wildlife harvest, public land use, and sites available for hunting opportunities throughout Illinois.  The IDNR managed 199 public hunting sites during the 2010-11 hunting season.

Oil and Gas Board:  The Illinois Oil and Gas Advisory Board will meet on Wed., Aug. 10, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the offices of the Illinois Oil and Gas Association, 824 E. Ill. Highway 15, Mt. Vernon, IL.  The meeting is open to the public.  For more information, phone 217/524-6570.

Visit Conservation World:  There's plenty of free family entertainment and activities at Conservation World during the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 12-21 in Springfield.  Kids can try to catch a fish or practice their skills at the archery and BB gun ranges.  Follow the meandering trails to explore outdoor Illinois – from parks and forests to wildlife and fish; from mining for coal and minerals to protecting endangered species of plants and animals.  Visitors will find plenty to do, and a shady place to sit on a park bench and relax, while visiting Conservation World – open from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. each day of the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 12-21.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman:  There are still a few reservations available for the next IDNR ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’ workshop, Sept. 23-25 at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton.  BOW workshops are designed to provide introductory instruction in many outdoor related activities. The cost is $150 per person, which includes the workshop, meals, lodging and transportation during the event.  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 and hunter safety and the fundamentals of wingshooting. Hunter clinics are designed to enhance the wingshooting skills of hunters and provide sound wingshooting practice techniques. The clinics will be conducted on weekends throughout the summer and early fall.  For a complete schedule, check the webpage at this link: http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/wingshooting/wingshootinghome.htm
Upcoming clinics (and information phone numbers) include:
Aug. 20-21 – Youth/Women Wingshooting Clinic, Raycraft Farm (Piatt Co.), 217/935-6860
Aug. 20-21 – Youth/Women Wingshooting Clinic, Shabbona Lake SRA (DeKalb Co.), 815/758-2773
Aug. 27-28 – Hunter Wingshooting Clinic, Raycraft Farm (Piatt Co.), 815/935-6860
Sept. 10-11 – Youth/Women Wingshooting Clinic, Forbes State Park (Marion Co.), 618/547-3381
Sept. 17 – Youth/Women Wingshooting Clinic, Johnson Sauk Trail State Park (Henry Co.), 309/853-5589
Sept. 17-18 – Hunter Wingshooting Clinic, Des Plaines SFWA (Will Co.), 217/785-8129
Sept. 25 – Youth/Women Wingshooting Clinic, Decatur Gun Club (Macon Co.), 217/855-1027

ICF Sportsman’s Raffle:  Tickets are available right now for the 2011 Illinois Conservation Foundation Sportsman’s Raffle with a $100,000 first-place prize.  Tickets for the raffle are $100 each.  The grand prize of $100,000 will be presented at a drawing in Sangamon County on Thursday, December 1, 2011.  Additional “early bird” prizes will be awarded for tickets drawn in Sangamon County on August 4, September 1, October 6 and November 3, 2011.  The first early bird winner drawn Aug. 4 was Shawn Leffelman of Sublette, IL.  Proceeds from the raffle will support youth conservation education and outdoor recreation programs at the ICF’s Torstenson Family Youth Conservation Education Center in Pecatonica, Illinois.  Raffle tickets are $100 each and are available online at www.ilcf.org and by mail at Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL  62702-1271.  The raffle is being conducted in accordance with the Raffles Act.  All business operations of the raffle take place exclusively in Sangamon County.

Boating Infrastructure:  Local governments, privately-owned marinas and boatyards have until August 31 to apply for grants available to provide temporary docking facilities for large boats through the federal 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/Special Funds Section.  For additional information, call 217/782-2602.

ESPB Meeting:  The Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board will meet on Fri., Aug. 12 at 10 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.

Mark Your Calendars:  Support youth conservation education and hunting and fishing programs by attending the Illinois Conservation Foundation Fundraising Dinner and Auction, Sat., Sept. 17, at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.  For tickets and more information, check the ICF website at www.ilcf.org

Illinois Buck Fever:  The Illinois Conservation Foundation’s Torstenson Family Youth Conservation Education Center in Winnebago County hosts a tremendous bow hunting opportunity with two five-day Illinois Buck Fever hunts on Nov. 6-11 and Nov. 20-25.  For details, check the ICF website at www.ilcf.org/torstenson-farm

OutdoorIllinois:  The cover of the August 2011 issue of the IDNR monthly magazine OutdoorIllinois features the winning artwork in the nation’s 2011 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest, painted by Abraham Hunter of Vienna, Illinois. In addition to an article on Hunter’s self-taught artistic talent, this month you can learn about the famous and historic tree arboretum at Conservation World in Springfield, the Calumet Environmental Education Program’s ecological restoration efforts and creation of the Burnham Centennial Prairie in Chicago. We don’t stop there, but also include articles on a state-of-the-art fish-tagging trailer, teal hunting, lampreys, fall mushrooms and more. 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 michelle.silver@illinois.gov.

Dig into History:  The next Illinois State Museum Science Series free program is ‘Oneota and Mississippian in the Central Illinois River Valley: The Perspective from Morton Village’ on Wed., Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash, Springfield. Presented by Dr. Michael Conner, Illinois State Museum at Dickson Mounds, the program will highlight this summer’s work by archaeologists from Michigan State University at the Morton Village site near Dickson Mounds.  For more information, phone 217/782-0061 or check the schedule online at www.museum.state.il.us/events.

Back to Green:  The next ‘Super Saturdays’ event at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield is ‘Back to Green’ on Sat., Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  It's almost time to go back to school, and youngsters can learn how to be green as they pack up their supplies and head back to class. Super Saturdays are for youth ages 4 to 8 and parents and families are encouraged to participate.  Call the Museum at 217/782-6044 for more information or check the schedule online at www.museum.state.il.us/events.  The Illinois State Museum is located in the State Capitol Complex in Springfield.

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