Illinois DNR News for January

Illinois Deer and Turkey Expo:  Illinois is a great place for deer and turkey hunting, and the IDNR invites you to learn more about deer and turkey hunting opportunities by visiting with IDNR staff this weekend at the 23rd annual Illinois Deer and Turkey Expo, Friday, Feb 1 through Sun., Feb. 3 in Springfield.  The IDNR will have license and permit information and a chance to buy 2013 licenses at the Expo.  The Illinois Deer and Turkey Expo - Feb. 1-3 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.  For more information, check the website at http://www.deerinfo.com/illinois

2013 Illinois Licenses Now Available:  Illinois fishing, hunting and sportsman’s combination licenses for 2013 are now available from DNR Direct license and permit vendors, online through the IDNR website www.dnr.illinois.gov/online/Pages/default.aspx or by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). The system is available 24 hours a day. The 2013 licenses will be valid through Mar. 31, 2014 unless otherwise noted.

Spring Turkey Applications:  Hunters may apply for 2013 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits online. Go to the IDNR website for more information at this link:  http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/turkey/Pages/SpringTurkeyHunting.aspx

The application deadline for the third lottery for spring turkey permits is Feb. 11.

Spring Youth Turkey:  Spring Youth Turkey Special Hunt Area online permit applications will be accepted online until Feb. 18.  For more information on 2013 spring turkey hunting, check the IDNR website at this link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/turkey/Pages/SpringTurkeyHunting.aspx

Spring Youth Turkey Season County Permits will be available over-the-counter from IDNR license/permit vendors beginning on March 5.

Hunter and Boating Safety Education:  Now’s the time to begin planning for spending time outdoors in 2013 by checking the schedule and registering for Hunter Safety Education and Boating Safety Education courses from the IDNR.  There are plenty of classes scheduled -- check the IDNR website for class dates and locations.  Class schedules are updated frequently. The website link for all IDNR Safety Education course information is www.dnr.illinois.gov/ safety

Camping Reservations:  Make your reservation now for campsites and shelters for many IDNR sites for 2013.  Reservations can be made online through the ReserveAmerica website at www.reserveamerica.com using a Visa or MasterCard.   For more information, check the IDNR website at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/Programs/Camping/

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