Register Now for Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt

Chris McCloud
Register Now for Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt
SPRINGFIELD, IL � Youth interested in participating in the 14th annual Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) on Dec. 26-27, can register now for the hunt. 

Youth hunters must phone in to the IDNR at 217-785-8060 to register for a drawing to participate in the hunt.  The registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 6.  The youth goose hunt will be held at private waterfowl hunting clubs in Peoria, Fulton and Knox counties.

�The Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt is a holiday week tradition for young hunters, and I want to encourage youth to phone in now to be eligible for the drawing to participate in this fun event,� said IDNR Director Marc Miller. 
A lottery drawing involving all youth who phone in to register will be conducted on Monday, Dec. 9, 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.

Raffle tickets are available to support the Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt, as well as youth waterfowl hunts throughout the state. Only 500 tickets will be sold at $10 each (or three for $20) to benefit the youth hunts.
Prizes available include a shotgun and a Lifetime Hunting License (which is transferable).  Raffle winners will be drawn at the Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt banquet on Dec. 26. Raffle participants need not be present to win. For tickets or information, call 217-785-8060.
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