Illinois DNR Newsbits

Chris Young
Illinois DNR Newsbits
Pere Marquette State Park Rendezvous Sept. 6-7:  Visitors can step back in time, to the days when frontier fur trappers met with fur traders and buyers, during a reenactment festival at Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton, IL on Sept. 6-7.  The second annual Pere Marquette State Park Rendezvous will be a traditional Pre-1840 Rendezvous, with buckskinned re-enactors portraying primitive traders and campers.  There will be period demonstrations, black powder and longbow shoots, tomahawk throwing, camp music, and food common to days on the Illinois frontier.  The public is invited and admission is free to the Pere Marquette State Park Rendezvous, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 6 and 9 a.m. � 2 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 7.  For more information, contact Pere Marquette State Park at 618-786-3323.

Hunting and Trapping Digest 2014-15:  The Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations 2014-2015 edition is now available.  You�ll find the digest this fall at many IDNR license and permit vendor locations and state sites.  The digest is also posted online in PDF format through the IDNR website at this link:

Firearm Deer Permits:  Permit applications will be accepted through Sept. 8 for random daily drawings for 2014 Illinois firearm and muzzleloader deer permits.  For details, check the IDNR website at
Hunters can check on the status of their firearm deer permit application in the first and second lottery drawings at this link:

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 2014 Illinois combination archery deer permits, as well as non-resident antlerless-only archery deer permits and non-resident archery fall turkey permits are now available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors.  Find a vendor near you at this link:

Youth Deer Permits:  Resident and non-resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are now available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors.  The Youth Deer Hunt is Columbus Day weekend, Sat., Oct 11 through Mon., Oct. 13.

Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permits:  Resident hunters may apply online through Sept. 9 for the second lottery for the Illinois 2014 Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit program.  The second lottery is for those unsuccessful resident applicants from the first lottery, residents who didn�t apply in the first lottery, and non-residents.  The third lottery deadline will be Sept. 23.  All initial applications must be made online at

Controlled Pheasant Permits: Hunters can apply online for 2014-15 Illinois controlled pheasant hunting opportunities available at 20 IDNR sites.  Sixteen 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 or

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 safety and the fundamentals of wingshooting. Hunter clinics are designed to enhance the wingshooting skills of hunters and provide sound wingshooting practice techniques.  Upcoming clinics will be conducted through late October.  For a complete schedule, check the webpage at this link:

INPC Meeting:  The 218th meeting of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission will be held on Tues., Sept. 9 beginning at 10 a.m. at Ballard Nature Center, 5253 East Highway 40, Altamont, IL 62411.  The meeting is open to the public.  For more information, phone 217-785-8686.

ICF Gala:  Join the Illinois Conservation Foundation in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the ICF during the Illinois Conservation Foundation Gala on Sat., Oct. 4 at the Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale.  The gala will include recognition of the Class of 2014 for the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame and remarks by renowned conservation advocate Rob Keck.  For tickets, sponsorships, or more information, contact the ICF at 217-785-2003 or online at 

ICF 2015 Calendar:  The Illinois Conservation Foundation�s second annual Illinois wall calendar is available now. 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.

First Friday at Illinois State Museum:  The Illinois State Museum in Springfield hosts a first Friday evening event � Localicious � on Fri., Sept. 5 from 5-8 p.m.  The Museum will be open after hours to celebrate the unique cultural heritage of Illinois.  Local merchants and local folks/bluegrass music will be featured.  Admission is free, and food and drink will be available for purchase.  The ISM is located at 502 South Spring Street in the State Capitol Complex in Springfield.

ISM Science Series:  The Illinois State Museum Science Series free lecture for September is �Morton Village:  New Views on the Intersection of Oneota and Mississippian World� on Wed., Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.  Dr. Jodie A. O'Gorman, Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Michigan State University, is the presenter.  She will discuss the latest research findings from the Morton Village excavations near Dickson Mounds. The free program is at the ISM Research and Collections Center, 1011 East Ash, Springfield.

Super Saturdays:  The Illinois State Museum in Springfield presents a free family activity � �Museum Kicks on Route 66� � on Sat., Sept. 13 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Often referred to as "The Mother Road," Route 66 begins its journey to Los Angeles in Illinois and runs right through Springfield. Learn about the Route 66 heritage in Illinois, and enjoy fun crafts, games, and a �drive-in� theater.  Activities are ideal for children 3-8 years of age and the event is free.

Boating Infrastructure Grants:  Local governments, privately-owned marinas and boatyards have until Sept. 19, 2014 to apply for grants available to provide temporary docking facilities for large boats through the 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 Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Federal Aid/Special Funds Section. For additional information, call the Federal Aid/Special Funds Section at 217-782-2602.

Illinois State Parks Guide:  The 2014-15 Illinois State Parks guide is available in print and online.  The booklet is a useful guide to an eventful day in a state park picnic area, a weekend at a state park lodge or campground, a hike in a state forest, a ride on a state trail, or hunting and fishing trips to a state fish and wildlife area.  The Illinois State Parks guide is posted on the IDNR website in PDF format at this link:
Copies of the state parks guide can also be ordered through the IDNR online publications page at

Nature Trek:  The Dickson Mounds Museum hosts a Nature Trek program on �Telling Time in Ancient North America� on Sun., Sept. 7 beginning at 1 p.m.  Bill Iseminger from the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site will describe how humans have been measuring time for thousands of years.  The program is free at Dickson Mounds Museum, located near Lewistown and Havana at 10956 North Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown, IL 61542.  For more information, phone 309-547-3721.

Program on Clara Barton at Lockport Gallery:  The Illinois State Museum�s Lockport Gallery will present �Civil War Nurse, Clara Barton� on Sun., Sept. 28 beginning at 2 p.m. History comes to life in this first-person portrayal by historian Leslie Goddard. Clara Barton earned fame as the first woman to serve as a nurse on the front lines of a battlefield. The program is free. The ISM Lockport Gallery is located at 201 West Tenth Street, Lockport, IL 60441.  For more information, phone 815-838-7400.

Coffeen Lake Youth Deer Permits:  A drawing will be held on Sat., Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. for three youth to hunt deer at Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area during the Youth Firearm Deer Season, Oct. 11-13.  The hunt will take place at the Coffeen Lake SFWA Upland Management Area.  Participating youth will need to have or obtain a valid Montgomery County Youth Firearm Deer Permit.  To be eligible for the drawing to hunt at Coffeen Lake, youth must send a postcard with the youth�s name, address and contact number by Sept. 12 to Coffeen Lake SFWA, PO Box 517, Coffeen, IL 62017.  Successful applicants in the site drawing will have until Sept. 30 to obtain their Montgomery County Youth Firearm Deer Permit and provide the permit number to the Coffeen Lake site office.  For more information, phone 618-423-2215. 

Youth Firearm Deer Drawing at JEPC:  Youth Hunters interested in participating in the Youth Deer Hunt (Oct. 11-13) at Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA must submit a postcard to the site office by Sept. 12 to enter a drawing for 75 hunters to hunt the two 0pen Units.  The drawing will be held on Sept. 13.  Please provide the youth hunter�s name, age, address and phone number on a postcard.  Successful applicants will be notified.  Successful hunters can purchase a Cass County Youth Firearm Deer permit over the counter through DNR Direct license and permit vendors.  The JECP Controlled Unit and the Quail Management Unit are both closed to youth deer hunters.  Youth hunting is allowed in the two Open Units only.  There will be bow hunters in the field during the youth deer hunt. The Youth Deer Season is open only to hunters who have not reached their 16th birthday prior to the opening date of the season.  All youth hunters must have a current, valid hunting license, Youth Hunting License or Apprentice Hunting License, unless exempt. To enter the drawing for the Youth Deer Hunt, send postcards to JEPC, 10149 County Highway 11, Chandlerville, IL 62627.  For additional information, please call 217-452-7741.

JEPC Trapping Permits:  A public drawing for the allocation of Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area trapping permits will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 27.  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 a lottery-type drawing.  All persons attempting to enter the drawing must be in attendance and have a current 2014 trapping license in their possession.  DP (Dog Proof) Traps, live traps, and traps of similar action may be used.  Homemade dog-proof traps must be designed with a foothold trap no larger than a #2 in an enclosed wood, metal, or durable plastic container with a single access opening of no larger than 1� inches in diameter.  All body-gripping traps must be totally submerged. For more information, contact Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA, P.O. Box 646, Ashland, IL 62612, or phone 217-452-7741.

Sangchris Tapping Permit:   A public drawing for the allocation of Sangchris Lake State Park trapping permits will be held 1 p.m., 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 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 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.

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.

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