IDNR September Newsbits

Chris McCloud
Stacey Solano
IDNR September Newsbits
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:

Non-Resident Deer and Turkey Permits:  The remaining non-resident 2011 Illinois combination archery deer permits, 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.

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.  The vendor webpage on the IDNR website is at this link:

Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permits:  Resident hunters may apply online through Sept. 13 for the second lottery for the Illinois 2011 Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit program.  The second lottery is open to those unsuccessful resident applicants from the first lottery, residents who didn�t apply in the first lottery, and non-residents.  The third lottery deadline for anyone to apply for their first or second permit is Sept. 27. All initial applications must be made online at or

Youth Waterfowl Hunts:  The deadline to apply is Oct. 1 for a number of upcoming IDNR Youth Waterfowl Hunts. The application form with hunt details can be found on the IDNR website at this link:

Hunting and Trapping Digest:  The IDNR Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations for 2011-2012 is now available. Find it online in PDF format through the IDNR website at this link:

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. For a complete schedule, check the webpage at this link:
Upcoming clinics (and information phone numbers) include:
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
Oct. 1-2 � Youth/Women Wingshooting Clinic, South Fork Dirt Riders Park (Christian Co.), 217/652-2799
Oct. 1-2 � Hunter Wingshooting Clinic, World Shooting and Recreational Complex (Randolph Co.), 618/295-2700
Oct. 15-16 � Hunter Wingshooting Clinic, St. Charles Sportsmen�s Club (Kane Co.), 630/363-6180
Oct. 22 � Youth Wingshooting Clinic and Youth Pheasant Hunt, World Shooting and Recreational Complex (Randolph Co.), 618/295-2700
Oct. 29 � Youth/Women Wingshooting Clinic, Wild Rural Park in Waggoner, 217/785-8129
Oct. 29-30 � Youth/Women Wingshooting Clinic, Ten Mile Creek SFWA (Hamilton Co.), 618/643-2862

Online Free Site Hunting Permits:  Hunters are reminded that Free Site Hunting Permits (windshield cards) to hunt upland, forest game and waterfowl at IDNR sites are now available online from the IDNR website at  Navigate to �Hunting/Trapping� and then �Public Hunting Areas� to print these permits.  Hunters are encouraged to view the link to hunter fact sheets also available at the site.  Watch the IDNR homepage link for new sites being added to this online service.  For information or assistance, hunters should contact the site where they intend to hunt.

Controlled Pheasant Permits:  Hunters can now apply for 2011-12 Illinois controlled pheasant hunting permits.  Permits are available for use at 19 IDNR sites, 15 of which are operated by the IDNR, while four sites are managed by concessionaire T. Miller, Inc.  For application information, check the IDNR website at or

INPC Meeting:  The Illinois Nature Preserves Commission will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Lost Valley Visitor Center, 7210 Keystone Road, Richmond, IL.  The meeting is open to the public.  For more information, phone 217/785-8686.

OutdoorIllinois:  The cover of the September 2011 issue of the IDNR monthly magazine, OutdoorIllinois, features a wood duck hen and her young perched on a branch over the I & M Canal in LaSalle County.  Featured this month is an article about the use of unique sampling methods to contribute to a nearly 100-year tradition of collecting wood duck population data. The September magazine also includes articles on Turkey Bluffs State Fish and Wildlife Area, sited on the rugged bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River in Randolph County, and the annual Jubilee Colonial Faire (Jubilee College State Park, Peoria County) where re-enactors portray life in the American colonies from 1750 to 1790. Additional stories include flint from Iron Mountain in Union County, edible wild fruits and berries, fishing with GPS, the IDNR college intern program and the new Illinois Recreational Access Program, which will increase outdoor recreational opportunities in the Illinois and Kaskaskia watershed basins. For a summary of feature magazine articles, listen in on monthly podcasts at 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 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

Sportsman�s Raffle:  Tickets are available 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.  Proceeds from the raffle will support youth conservation education and outdoor recreation programs at the ICF�s Torstenson Family Youth Conservation Education Center.  Raffle tickets are $100 each and are available online at 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.

Save the Date:  The annual Illinois Conservation Foundation Celebrity Quail and Pheasant Hunt at Rend Lake Resort will be Nov. 13-15.  For more information, phone the ICF at 217/785-2003.  The ICF fundraising dinner that had been scheduled for Sept. 17 in Springfield has been cancelled.

JEPC Youth Deer Hunt:  Youth hunters interested in participating in the 2011 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt on Oct. 8-9 at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area (JEPC) must submit a postcard to the site office by Sept.16 to enter a drawing for 75 hunters to hunt the two open units at the site.  The drawing will be held Sept. 17.  Applicants should provide their name, age, address and phone number.  The postcards should be mailed to:  Youth Deer Hunt, JEPC, 10149 County Highway 11, Chandlerville, IL 62627. Successful applicants will be notified and they can purchase a Cass County permit for the Youth Firearm Deer Hunt over the counter from a DNR Direct license and permit vendor (see vendor list at  For additional information, call 217/452-7741 or 309/543-3288.

Coffeen Lake Youth Deer Hunt:  IDNR will conduct a drawing on Sunday, Sept. 18 for three youth to hunt deer during the Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Season on Oct 8-9 at the Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area-Upland Management Area.  Participating youth must have a valid Montgomery County Youth Firearm Deer Permit.  To be eligible for the Sept. 18 drawing, the youth�s name, mailing address, and contact number must be printed on a 3" x 5" postcard and received at the Coffeen Lake SFWA site office by close of business on Sept. 17. Successful applicants will have until Sept. 30 to apply for and report their Montgomery County Youth Firearm Deer Permit number to the Coffeen Lake site office. The mailing address to apply is:  Coffeen Lake SFWA, PO Box 517, Coffeen, IL  62017.    For more information, contact the site office at 217/537-3351 or by e-mail at

Trapping at JEPC:  A public drawing for the allocation of Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area (JEPC) trapping permits will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. at the site headquarters, located approximately five miles southeast of Chandlerville. One permit for each of the five trapping zones will be allocated through the drawing procedure.  All persons entering the drawing must have a current 2011 trapping license in possession. At JEPC, only Egg Traps, DP (Dog Proof) Traps, box traps, cage traps and traps of similar action may be used.  Homemade dog-proof traps must be designed with a foot hold trap no larger than a number two size in an enclosed wood, metal or durable plastic container with a single access opening of no larger than 1� inch diameter.  Body-gripping traps must be completely submerged. For more information, contact Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area, P.O. Box 646, Ashland, IL 62612, or phone 217/452-7741.

Sangchris Lake Trapping Drawing:  A public drawing for the allocation of Sangchris Lake State Park trapping permits will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15.  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 procedure.  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 2011 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.

Super Saturday:  The Ill. St. Museum �Super Saturdays� event on Sept. 10 is �Museum Kicks on Route 66� � celebrating  a special part of Illinois history along Route 66. Youth attending can learn about the history of the �Mother Road,� create crafts, and join in the fun and games.  The free event is from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 10 at the ISM, 502 S. Spring, Springfield.  Phone 217/782-6044 or go online at for more information.

Science Series:  The Ill. St. Museum Science Series program on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. is �Pottersville:  Home of American Alkaline Glazed Stoneware.�  Presented by George Calfas, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois, the program focuses on the Edgefield Pottery District in South Carolina, the epicenter of a groundbreaking stoneware ceramic industry during the 19th century.  The program is free and open to the public at the ISM Research and Collections Center, 1011 East Ash, Springfield.  For more information, phone 217/782-0061 or go online at

Reminder:  A new Illinois law allows landowners or lessees the option of using purple paint markings on trees or posts on their property as a �no trespassing� notice. The �Purple Paint Law� is designed as an alternative which Illinois landowners can use to protect their property from trespassing.  For more information:

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