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. The 2019 Youth Deer Hunt is Columbus Day weekend, Saturday, Oct. 12 through Monday, Oct. 14.
Firearm Deer Permits: Over-the-counter sales of remaining 2019 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits will begin on Oct. 15. Permits will be sold until quotas are exhausted or until the close of the season, whichever occurs first. Individual hunters can purchase one or more permits beginning Oct. 15, subject to availability. For a list of the number of permits available following the final lottery drawing, check the IDNR website: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer/Pages/DeerSeasonsDeadlinesAvailablePermits.aspx
Resident Archery Deer Permits: Resident combination and antlerless-only archery deer permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. Find a vendor link here: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx
Non-Resident Archery Deer Permits: Illinois Non-Resident Archery Deer combination permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. The Illinois Archery Deer Season is open through Jan. 19, 2020 (except closed during firearm deer season in counties open to firearm deer hunting).
CWD Sampling: Deer hunters statewide in Illinois are encouraged to allow samples to be taken for chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing from adult deer they harvest. For a list of locations that are serving as CWD sampling stations, taking samples from entire deer or deer heads through the end of the archery season in January 2020, click on this link: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/programs/CWD/Documents/CWDSamplingLocations.pdfWaterfowl Regulations Open Houses: The IDNR invites hunters to attend public open houses to provide input on waterfowl hunting regulations for the 2021 through 2025 hunting seasons. Hunters will have the opportunity to review information used to make waterfowl season recommendations, talk with IDNR biologists and provide their preferences for waterfowl zone lines and season dates. Dates and locations for upcoming open houses include:
• Tuesday, Oct. 1 – Illinois Natural History Building, University of Illinois Campus, 1816 S. Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820
• Tuesday, Oct. 8 – John A. Logan College, Hancock Center Room F119, 700 Logan College Drive, Carterville, IL 62918
• Wednesday, Oct. 9 – The Hall, 7132 Marine Rd (HWY 143), Edwardsville, IL 62025
• Thursday, Oct. 10 – Illinois Department of Natural Resources Headquarters, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702
Open houses will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at each location; attendees may arrive at any time during the open house. No formal presentations will be given.
Public Hunting Areas Report: The latest edition of the IDNR Illinois Public Hunting Areas Report – with details on public lands hunting effort and harvest – is available online on the IDNR website at this link: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/IllinoisPublicHuntingAreasReport18.19.pdf
Learn to Hunt: The Illinois Hunter Recruitment Program provides free education and training workshops and additional information to teach adult participants how to hunt deer, turkey, squirrels, pheasants, ducks, geese and other game. For more information: https://publish.illinois.edu/hunttrapillinois/
Music at the Museum: Head to the Illinois State Museum in Springfield Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7:00 p.m. for the monthly “Music at the Museum” concert featuring Canadian folk musician Noah Derksen. For more information on the October show and the concert series, visit: http://www.museumconcerts.com/
Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grants: Applications will be accepted by the IDNR Division of Education through Nov. 30 for the Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program. Applicants can select to develop a pollinator garden or a wildlife habitat of their choice. The program is funded by generous contributions to the Illinois Conservation Foundation from the Jadel Youth Fund and the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation. More details are available at dnr.illinois.gov/education/Pages/GrantsSHAG.aspx
Camping Reservations: Fall is a beautiful time of year to take the family camping in Illinois. Make campsite and shelter reservations for many IDNR sites online through the Reserve America website at www.reserveamerica.com using a credit card.
Trapping Permits to be Awarded Oct. 19 at Stephen A. Forbes SRA: Trapping permits will be awarded at a public drawing to be held Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Maintenance Building/Check Station of Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area, 6924 Omega Road, Kinmundy, IL 62854. Registration for the drawing will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Check Station Building and the drawing will be held at 11:00 a.m. Trapping will be permitted in the designated areas from the statewide opening until Feb. 15, 2020 and include the extended season for beaver and otter trapping, which is allowed through March 31, 2020. A 2018 or 2019 trapping license or trapper education card will be required to register for the drawing. For more information about trapping opportunities, contact Stephen A. Forbes SRA at 618-547-3381.
Trapping Permits to be Awarded Oct. 28 at Mt. Vernon Game Propagation Center: Trapping permits will be awarded at a public drawing to be held Monday, Oct. 28 at the site headquarters of the Mt. Vernon Game Propagation Center, 13995 East Game Farm Road, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. Registration for the drawing will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the office and the drawing will be held at 8:00 a.m. Trapping will be permitted in the designated areas from the statewide opening until Feb. 15, 2020 and include the extended season for beaver and otter trapping, which is allowed through March 31, 2020. A 2018 or 2019 trapping license or trapper education card will be required to register for the drawing. For more information about trapping opportunities, contact the Mt. Vernon Game Propagation Center at 618-242-0830.