IDNR Newsbits for October 2014

Chris Young
IDNR Newsbits for October 2014
Resident Archery Deer and Fall Turkey Permits:  The Illinois Archery Deer and Illinois Archery Fall Turkey seasons are open Oct. 1, 2014-Jan. 18, 2015 (archery closed Nov. 21-23 and Dec. 4-7 in counties with firearm deer season).  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:

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, 2014-Jan. 18, 2015 (archery closed on Nov. 21-23 and Dec 4-7 in counties with firearm deer season).  Find a license and permit vendor near you at this link:

Illinois Waterfowl Digest:  Review this season�s Illinois waterfowl regulations with the Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations 2014-2015, available online on the IDNR website at this link:

Archery, Firearm, Muzzleloader, and Late-Winter/CWD Seasons CWD Sampling: Deer hunters statewide are encouraged to allow samples to be taken for chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling from adult deer they harvest.  Check the IDNR website at this link for locations that are serving as CWD sampling stations, taking samples from entire deer or deer heads from October 1, 2014 thru Jan. 18, 2015:

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. 21-Dec. 7 (or until quotas are exhausted).  Find a vendor near you at this link:

Public Areas Hunting Report:  The latest edition of the IDNR Illinois Public Areas Hunting Report � with details on public lands hunting effort and harvest � is now available online on the IDNR website at this link:

Rendezvous at Spoon River Encampment: Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown hosts the annual Rendezvous at Spoon River Encampment on the museum grounds on Oct. 4-5 and Oct. 11-12 from 8:30 a.m. � 5 p.m.  The living history 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 Game Day:  Visit the Dickson Mounds Museum on Sunday, Oct. 19 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, and Scouts are encouraged to participate as the event may help fulfill merit badge requirements.  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. 18 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.-4:30 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 era with crafts, military drills, music, children�s games, and mock battles.  A Military Units Salute and fireworks show on the Ohio Riverfront is at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday.  Encampment admission is free.  For more information, call 618-524-4712.

Fall Colors Weekend:  Enjoy Fall Colors Weekend on Oct. 18-19 at Starved Rock State Park in La Salle Co.  Guided hikes leave the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days.

ICF 2015 Calendar:  The Illinois Conservation Foundation�s second annual Illinois wall calendar is now available. Proceeds from the sale of the beautiful 2015 ICF Wall Calendar support a variety of youth education programs in Illinois, such as outreach efforts at the Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center, and the new Torstenson Education Station, a traveling trailer equipped with hands-on equipment that teachers and youth group leaders can use to support a number of programs. Order the calendar through the ICF website at or by phone at 217-785-2003.

Sangchris Trapping Permit:  A public drawing for the allocation of Sangchris Lake State Park trapping permits will be held at 1 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 11, 2014.  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.  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 2014 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.

Furbearer/Raccoon Permit Drawing:  The IDNR will conduct a public drawing for the allocation of Siloam Springs State Park and Buckhorn Ranch Unit furbearer trapping and raccoon hunting permits.  The drawing will be held on Sat., Oct. 18 at 10 a.m.  Registration will begin at 9 a.m.  Both sites are located approximately 30 miles east of Quincy. Three site permits for trapping and three site permits for raccoon hunting will be issued for both Siloam and Buckhorn.  They will be good for one year.  All persons entering the drawing must be at least 16 years of age and have a current 2014 trapping/hunting license and habitat stamp.  Persons whose names are drawn must be in attendance. Trapping at Siloam Springs will be allowed Nov. 5 � Dec. 4, 2014 and Feb. 11, 2015 � Mar. 31, 2015.  Trapping at the Buckhorn Unit will be allowed Nov. 5 � Dec. 4, 2014.  Site specific trapping regulations will be provided at the drawing. Raccoon hunting will be allowed Dec. 8, 2014 � Feb. 10, 2015.  Like trapping, site specific raccoon hunting regulations will be provided at the drawing. For further information, contact Siloam Springs State Park at 217-894-6205 or the Pittsfield IDNR Field Office at 217-285-2221.

Clean Vessel Grants:  The IDNR 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 pumpout 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 Illinois DNR by Nov. 5, 2014. 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.

ISM Science Series:  The Illinois State Museum Science Series program for October is �Recent Geophysical and Archaeological Investigations at the Golden Eagle Site� on Wed., Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.  Presented by Jason King of the Center for American Archaeology in Kampsville, IL, the program�s focus is the Golden Eagle site, located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers in Calhoun County, the only known Lower Illinois Valley mound site that includes an earthen enclosure. In 2013, the CAA initiated a multi-sensor geophysical survey at the site, followed by excavations during the summer of 2014. The program is free, and will be held at the ISM Research and Collections Center, 1011 East Ash St., Springfield on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.  For more information, phone 217-782-0061.

Super Saturdays:  Children and families are invited to the Illinois State Museum�s �Super Saturdays� event on Sat., Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. � 3 p.m. with the theme �Far Out Rocks.� Families can explore the geology of space with specimens from the Museum�s collection, as well as kids� games and crafts.  The event is free.  The Illinois State Museum is located in the State Capitol Complex at 502 S. Spring St. in Springfield.  For more information on �Super Saturdays� programs, call 217-782-6044.

Illinois Artisans Program:  The Illinois State Museum�s Illinois Artisans Program presents a Craft Art Spree on Oct. 16-17 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  The event will feature artwork by 15 Juried Illinois Artisans, with a chance to shop local and meet the artisans.  A Home Decorating Art Spree is Nov. 20-21, and a Holiday Art Spree is Dec. 10-12.  These Illinois Artisans Program events are at the James R. Thompson Center Atrium, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago. For more information, phone 312-814-5321. 

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