Here is some of the latest news from the Illinois DNR.
Powerton Open: Powerton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area has reopened for boat and bank fishing following a levee rmaintenance project. Powerton Lake SFWA hours are 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. through September 30 and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. beginning October 1.
Johnson-Sauk Trail Dove Info: Attention Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area dove hunters: On September 1, the Red Earth Cafe located at the Johnson-Sauk Trail marina building will be open to serve breakfast to hunters beginning at 5 a.m. The Dove Hunt Check Station for hunters to register for the dove hunt drawing will be located in the marina building and Red Earth Cafe. Registration to hunt will begin at 5:27 a.m. The Dove Hunt Draw will take place at 5:57 a.m. Johnson-Sauk Trail hunters should also note that this year, a windshield card is required to be placed on the vehicle dashboard while hunting at Johnson-Sauk Trail SRA. To obtain a windshield card, please go the IDNR website at this link and print off a windshield card: https://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/windshieldcard/index.asp
Archery Deer Hunter Survey: Results from the annual Illinois Archery Deer Hunter Survey, which tracks observations of wildlife by volunteers while hunting deer from October 1-November 15, showed indices similar to the previous year for all species. In 2012, a total of 896 bow hunters participated in the survey and logged more than 55,000 hours afield. Tracking long-term changes in relative abundance of wildlife is the main value of the survey. Numbers of bobcat, coyote, white-tailed deer, wild turkey and squirrels observed per 1,000 hours increased since the survey began in 1992. The most striking change is a 10-fold increase in the number of bobcats observed by hunters between 1992 and 2013. Declines in observations of red and gray fox are probably related to changes in habitat and greater abundance of coyotes. The 2012 Archery Deer Hunter Survey is available on the IDNR website at this link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Documents/adhs2013report.pdf