From the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
-- Firearm Deer Permits: Aug. 14 is the deadline to apply for the second lottery for resident and non-resident Illinois firearm and muzzleloader deer permits for the 2009 season. To apply online, click on “Online Licenses” on the home page of the IDNR web site at http://dnr.state.il.us.
Non-Resident Archery Deer Permits: Remaining 2009 Illinois Non-Resident Archery Deer Combination Permits (one either-sex and one antlerless only) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m., CDT on Tues., Aug. 11. Hunters may purchase remaining permits over-the-counter from a license vendor, through the DNR Direct online license system on the IDNR web site at http://dnr.state.il.us, or by calling toll-free 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). All non-resident hunters who applied for a combination archery permit during the June 2009 application period will receive their permit in the mail by mid August.
Resident Archery Deer Permits: Illinois resident deer hunters will be able to purchase 2009 Illinois Archery Deer Hunting permits (combination archery and antlerless-only archery permits) over-the-counter from DNR Direct permit sale locations throughout Illinois beginning in mid August. The archery deer season opens Oct. 1.
Youth Firearm Deer Hunt: The Illinois Youth Either-Sex Firearm Deer Hunt is Oct. 10-11. Permits for this season will be available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors beginning in September.
Free Dove Permit Deadline Aug. 5: The deadline is Aug. 5 for dove hunters to apply for 2009 free dove hunting permits. Those Illinois resident hunters who have not applied for this year’s hunt or were unsuccessful in daily drawings, along with non-resident hunters, may call-in their application by Aug. 5 at 4:30 p.m. The number to call to apply for the free dove hunting permit for open areas and dates is 217/524-6514. For more details, click on the link to the 2009 Free Dove Hunting information sheet at http://www.dnr.state.il.us/admin/waterfowl.htm. (Dove hunting at the areas listed is by permit only for the first five days of the season, Sept. 1-5).
Youth Deer Hunt Changes at Kaskaskia River SFWA: The IDNR will host the annual Special Youth Deer Hunt on the Baldwin Lake rest area at Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Area on Oct. 10-11 with a different procedure than has been used in recent years. Instead of a pre-registration, the 26 deer hunting locations at the site will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The special hunt area is between Baldwin Lake and the Doza Creek Waterfowl Management Area.
The main gate at Baldwin Lake will be open until 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 for youth hunters and accompanying adults to select a deer hunting location and erect a deer stand. (Blaze orange required while at the site). Hunting must be from an elevated stand at least six feet high and within 10 yards of the selected signed and numbered hunting location. Additional rules about the hunt and maps of the special hunt area and hunting locations will be available at the site’s check station next to the Baldwin Lake office on Oct. 9 and during the special two-day hunt.
Participating youth must have either a St. Clair County or Randolph County Youth Deer Hunt permit and follow statewide regulations for the youth hunt. In addition to this special hunt at the Baldwin Lake rest area, the rest of the Kaskaskia River SFWA and Turkey Bluffs SFWA south of Chester are also open during the youth hunt. For more information, call Brian Mahan at 618/295-2877.
New Hunting and Trapping Digest Available: The 2009-2010 edition of the Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations is now available online through the IDNR web site at http://www.dnr.state.il.us/publications/. Copies of the free booklet will be available at IDNR offices in the coming weeks. You can also pick up a copy at Conservation World at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Aug. 14-23 and at the Du Quoin State Fair, Aug. 29-Sept. 7.
Fall Turkey: The deadline to apply for the second lottery for 2009 Illinois Fall Shotgun Turkey permits is Aug. 24. Hunters can apply online through DNR Direct or with an application form available through the IDNR web site. Click on the Hunting button on the home page at http://dnr.state.il.us and follow the link to Turkey Hunting.
Des Plaines SFWA Permits: Hunters interested in archery deer hunting at Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area can call and arrange to pick up the 2009 archery deer hunting parking permits for the site thru Nov. 30 at the site office located at 24621 North River Road, Wilmington, IL 60481. Hunters who want a parking permit for Des Plaines SFWA must call the site office at 815/423-5326 in advance to make an appointment to obtain the permit. Archery deer hunters wanting a parking permit are required to have a 2009 hunting license and habitat stamp.
Sahara Woods Archery Deer Changes: The IDNR will conduct a new site drawing for the 2009-2010 archery deer hunting program at the Sahara Woods State Fish and Wildlife Area in Saline Co. west of Harrisburg. Hunters interested in bow hunting at Sahara Woods must be present for the site drawing on Sat., Sept. 12. Groups of up to four hunters will be eligible to enter the drawing with one entry per group. Registration will open at 8 a.m. with the drawing beginning at 10:30 a.m. No one may register for the drawing after it begins.
A total of 150 Sahara Woods archery deer hunting site permits for the entire archery deer season will be issued. The drawing will be open to resident and non-resident hunters. Non-residents must have obtained an Illinois non-resident archery deer permit at the time of the drawing to be eligible to participate in the site drawing. The registration and drawing on Sept. 12 will be held at the Sahara Woods SFWA site office, 1210 Tipple Road, Carrier Mills, IL. For more information on the archery deer hunting program and the site drawing for Sahara Woods, contact Eric McClusky at 618/276-4405.