Fall Turkey Applications: Resident Illinois hunters can apply online for permits for the Illinois Fall Shotgun Turkey season (Oct. 19-27, 2013) at www.dnr.illinois.gov. The first lottery application deadline is July 1. For more turkey hunting information, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/turkey.
Apply Now for Non-Resident Archery Deer Permits: The online lottery application period is open through June 30 for Non-Resident Illinois Archery Combination Deer permits for the 2013-14 deer season. Non-resident hunters can apply online through DNR Direct Online License Sales at this link: www.dnr.illinois.gov/online. Non-residents may apply for one combination archery permit per season. The upcoming Illinois archery deer season is Oct. 1, 2013-Jan. 19, 2014 (except closed in firearm deer counties on Nov. 22-24 and Dec. 5-8, 2013). For more information on Illinois deer hunting, check the IDNR web site at this link: www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer.
Online Dove Permits: Online applications will be accepted from resident Illinois hunters from June 11-July 2 for the first lottery for Illinois Free Dove Hunting Permits for hunting at select state sites. Applications may be submitted for the second lottery by resident hunters who were unsuccessful in the first lottery, residents who did not apply in the first lottery, and non-resident hunters for the second lottery drawing from July 3-16. After the second lottery permit application deadline on July 16, hunters may apply for remaining free dove permits on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. on July 31.
For more information on dove hunting permit areas and free dove permits, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/dove
Camping Reservations: Make your Illinois campsite and shelter reservations for many IDNR sites online through the Reserve America 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/camprsvp.htm
ICF Raffle: Buy tickets now for the 2013 Illinois Conservation Foundation Raffle and help support ‘kids never pay’ youth programs at the Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center in Pecatonica, IL. Raffle tickets are $100 each or three for $250. Raffle prizes – including a grand prize of up to $100,000 – will be presented at a drawing in Sangamon County on November 1, 2013. Upcoming Early Bird prizes will be awarded for tickets drawn in Sangamon County on June 13, July 18, and Aug. 15, 2013. 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: ICF, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271.
Renew Watercraft Registration by Phone or Online: Watercraft owners in Illinois are reminded that IDNR is no longer mailing watercraft registration renewal notices. Watercraft owners can renew their watercraft registrations by using a touch-tone telephone (1-866-867-3542) or online, with a link on the IDNR website at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/boating/Pages/RenewYourWatercraftRegistration.aspx.
This convenient service operates 24 hours a day (a convenience fee will be added to the regular registration fee to offset the cost of the transaction). When renewing, watercraft owners should have handy their Illinois registration number and hull identification number (located on the registration card) and pen and paper to record their confirmation number. Forms of payment include VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and E-Check. Upon completion of the transaction, watercraft owners will receive a confirmation number that will authorize the immediate use of their watercraft on Illinois waters.
Water Usage Stamps Available June 30: Non-motorized watercraft, canoes, kayaks and paddle boats in Illinois are no longer required to be titled/registered in Illinois, unless the vessels have a motor or sail. They are now required to purchase a 'Water Usage Stamp' for $6.00 per calendar year for the each of the first three vessels, and $3.00 each for any additional vessels. All of the new Water Usage Stamps must be purchased at the same time to receive the discount. Water Usage Stamps are mandatory for all non-powered watercraft. The stamps should be available over the counter from DNR Direct license and permit point of sale vendors by July 1. Use this link to find vendor locations for purchase of the water usage stamp:
Living with Wildlife: Illinois residents with questions about wildlife have a great online resource available from the IDNR and UI Extension. Check out the “Living with Wildlife in Illinois” website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/
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. The clinics are conducted on select weekends this summer and early fall. For a complete schedule, check the webpage at this link: http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/wingshooting/WingshootingDates.htm
Science Series: The Ill. St. Museum’s monthly science series program is ‘Archaeology of Camp Nelson, Kentucky’ on Wed., June 12 at 7 p.m. The program will be held at the Museum’s Thorne Deuel Auditorium, 502 S. Spring St., Springfield. The program will be presented by Dr. W. Stephen McBride of the Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park, Nicholasville, Kentucky. The camp functioned as both a recruitment and training camp for African-American soldiers and as a refugee center for the wives and children of these soldiers during the Civil War. For more information for the program, phone 217-782-0061.
Dickson Mounds Father’s Day Event: Visit Dickson Mounds Museum for Father’s Day on June 16 for the annual ‘More than Bows-n-Arrows’ event. Enjoy hands-on activities and demonstrations of life-sustaining skills used by ancient Native Americans. Activities include throwing spears with an atatl, primitive cooking, making arrows by pressure-flaking, pump drills, pottery making, and cultivating with stone tools. The event is free and open to the public from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 16 at Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 North Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown.
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