IL DNR News for August 2012

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Newsbits for August 2012

Grand American: The IDNR welcomes trapshooters and shooting sports enthusiasts from around the world to Sparta, Illinois and the World Shooting and Recreational Complex for the annual Amateur Trapshooting Association Grand American Trapshooting Championships, Aug. 8-18. For more information on this premier shooting sports event, go to the ATA website at www.shootata.com.

Safety Education:  Sign up now for an IDNR Hunter Safety Education course.  Many Hunter Safety classes are scheduled in advance of the fall seasons.  Classes fill up quickly, so check the IDNR website for scheduled classes, more of which are added each week.  The web link for IDNR Safety Education courses is www.dnr.illinois.gov/safety.

Firearm Deer Permits:  Permit applications will be accepted from Aug. 14 through Sept. 10 for random daily drawings for 2012 Illinois firearm and muzzleloader deer permits.  For details, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer.

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: http://dnr.illinois.gov/DNRDirectMonitor/VendorListing.aspx

Non-Resident Deer and Turkey Permits:  The remaining non-resident 2012 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, by phone at 1-888-673-7648 (1-888-6PERMIT), or online at www.dnr.illinois.gov though Aug. 31 (OTC only after Aug. 31).

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, by phone at 1-888-673-7648 (1-888-6PERMIT), or online at www.dnr.illinois.gov through Aug. 31 (OTC only after Aug. 31).

Upland Game Permits:  Hunters may apply through Aug. 31 for the Illinois 2012 Free Upland Game Hunt Permit program.  Applications must be made online at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/uplandgame

Controlled Pheasant Permits:  Information is now available online for hunters to apply for 2012-13 Illinois controlled pheasant hunting opportunities available at 19 IDNR sites.  Fifteen 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 www.dnr.illinois.gov or www.tmillerinc.com.

Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permits:  Resident hunters may apply online from Aug. 14-28 for the first lottery for the Illinois 2012 Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit program.  The second lottery deadline will be Sept. 11 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. 25.  All initial applications must be made online at www.dnr.illinois.gov/duck or www.dnr.illinois.gov/goose

Wingshooting Clinics:  The IDNR and participating partners are sponsoring wingshooting clinics this summer and fall 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 on weekends from mid-August through late October.  For a complete schedule, check the webpage at this link:  http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/wingshooting/WingshootingDates.htm

New Hunting and Trapping Digest:  The Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations 2012-2013 edition is now available to view online in PDF format through the IDNR website at this link:  www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/HuntTrapDigest.pdf

Meteor Showers:  The Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown and the University of Illinois Springfield’s Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon (TFSE) will present a two-part program ‘Meteor Showers - Bringing Visitors from Outer Space’ as part of the Second Sunday Science Lecture Series at the museum.  Visitors will learn about the annual event named the Perseid Meteor Shower from UIS Professor John Martin on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. at Dickson Mounds Museum in the auditorium.  Later that night, join Professor Martin on the shore of nearby Thompson Lake at Emiquon for the annual TFSE Star Party to view the Perseid Meteor Shower.  The star party will begin at 9 p.m. at the Lakeside Observatory boat landing area on Thompson Lake at the Emiquon Preserve.  Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring their own lawn chairs and bug spray.  Program admission is free.  For more information, call the Dickson Mounds Museum at 309-547-3721.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop:  The IDNR invites women to register now for the ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’ workshop scheduled for Sept. 28-30 at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton.  BOW workshops are designed to provide introductory instruction in many outdoor related activities. Classes are taught in a non-competitive and non-threatening environment by experienced instructors.  The cost is $160 per person, which includes the workshop, meals, lodging and transportation during the event.  Workshop and registration materials can be found on the IDNR website at www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/Bow.

Back to School with the IDNR:  School teachers can utilize the educational opportunities of the IDNR this fall to help bring teaching to life. Grants for field trips and schoolyard wildlife habitat development, Illinois-specific lesson plans, resources trunks for loan, posters and other publications and ENTICE workshops for teachers are just some of the options available. All lessons and materials are developed with the Illinois Learning Standards as their foundation.
Go to the IDNR Education webpage at http://dnr.state.il.us/Education/

ICF Hall of Fame on September 15:  Tickets are available now for the Illinois Conservation Foundation’s Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame Event and Fundraiser on Sat., Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Stoney Creek Inn in East Peoria.  Two new members of the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame will be inducted at the event:  Warren Gale of Orion and Allie Lymenstull of Quincy.  The fundraiser will also feature silent and live auctions including firearms from Browning, Benelli, Winchester and Savage; bows and archery equipment; wildlife prints; hunting trips; outdoors gear; hunting trips; jewelry and household items.  For tickets and more information, check the ICF website at www.ilcf.org or phone 217-785-2003.

ISM Science Series:  The Illinois State Museum Science Series program “Peoria and the War of 1812” will be presented on Wed., Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at the museum Research and Collections Center in Springfield.  The program, presented by Dickson Mounds Museum director Dr. Michael D. Wiant traces events leading to the destruction of Indian villages on Lake Peoria and an attack on the small French community of Peoria. In hindsight, these events mark a pivotal change in the relationship between Native Americans and Americans and represent a harbinger of the re-location of all of the tribes once-resident in Illinois to locations west of the Mississippi River.  The program is free and open to the public at the ISM Research and Collections Center, 1011 East Ash Street, Springfield.  For more information, phone 217-782-0061 or go online to www.museum.state.il.us/events

Super Saturdays:  Bring the whole family to the Illinois State Museum in Springfield on Sat., Aug. 11 for the ‘Super Saturdays’ event ‘Cityscapes:  Build it Bigger’ from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Children will be invited to design their own passports and travel around the world to discover some amazing cities and their architecture. ‘Super Saturdays’ are especially recommended for children ages 4-8. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. Registration is not required for this free event.  Call 217-782-6044 for more information.  The Illinois State Museum is located in the State Capitol Complex in Springfield.

Oil and Gas Board:  The Illinois Oil and Gas Advisory Board will meet on Thurs., Aug. 9, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the offices of the Illinois Oil and Gas Association, 824 E. Ill. Highway 15, Mt. Vernon, IL.  The meeting is open to the public.  For more information, phone 217/782-3718.

ESPB Meeting:  The Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board will meet on Fri., Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, 30239 South State Route 53, in Wilmington, IL.  The meeting is open to the public.  For more information, phone 217/785-8687.

Visit Conservation World:  Enjoy free family-oriented entertainment and youth activities at Conservation World during the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 10-19 in Springfield.  Kids can try to catch a fish or practice their skills at the archery and BB gun ranges. Visitors will find plenty to do, and a shady place to sit on a park bench and relax while visiting Conservation World – open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day of the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 10-19.

Sportsman’s Raffle:  Get your ticket now for the 2012 Illinois Conservation Foundation Sportsman’s Raffle and help expand youth conservation education and outdoor recreation programs in Illinois.  Sportsman’s Raffle tickets are $100 each and prizes – including a grand prize of up to $100,000 – will be presented at a drawing in Sangamon County on December 6, 2012.  The next “early bird” prizes will be awarded for tickets drawn in Sangamon County on October 4, 2012. Proceeds from the raffle will support programs at the ICF Torstenson Family Youth Conservation Education Center in Pecatonica, IL.  The raffle is being conducted in accordance with the Raffles Act.  All business operations of the raffle take place exclusively in Sangamon County. Raffle tickets are available online at www.ilcf.org and by mail at:  Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271.

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