Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt Set For Dec. 26-27

Chris Young
Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt Set For Dec. 26-27
SPRINGFIELD, IL � Youth interested in participating in the 15th annual Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), can register now for the hunt, which is scheduled for Dec. 26-27. 

To register for a drawing to participate in the hunt, youth hunters must phone in to the IDNR at 217-785-8060 by the registration deadline of Friday, Dec. 5.  The youth goose hunt will be held at private waterfowl hunting clubs in Peoria, Fulton and Knox counties.

�The Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt has become a holiday week tradition for young hunters,� said IDNR Director Marc Miller.  �It is a great way for youth to experience waterfowl hunting and to get a taste for Illinois� great hunting heritage.�
A lottery drawing involving all youth who phone in to register will be conducted on Monday, Dec. 8, and youth hunters selected will be notified by mail.  First-time applicants will be given a priority over previous participants in the drawing. 

The hunt is open to youngsters 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 firearm owner's identification (FOID) card. 

To register for the hunt or for more information, call 217-785-8060.
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