Bobcat Permits

Hunters and trappers may apply for a 2019-2020 Illinois Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Permit online through Sept. 30. Applicants must submit a $5.00 non-refundable fee. A total of 1,000 permits will be allocated during a lottery and mailed to successful applicants. Successful applicants who receive a permit for the 2019-2020 season will NOT be able to receive a permit the next year to allow unsuccessful applicants a better chance to get a permit. The area open to bobcat hunting and trapping for the 2019-2020 season will be the boundary from the 2016-2017 season (see the map on Page 44 of the Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations Season dates are Nov. 10, 2019 through Feb. 15, 2020. Bobcat hunting is closed during firearm deer season in counties open to firearm deer hunting. Bobcat research projects in central and southern Illinois are ongoing. IDNR asks that successful permit holders submit the lower jaw from harvested bobcats for this research. Details will be included with the permits. IDNR appreciates the cooperation from hunters and trappers in efforts to learn more about bobcat populations in Illinois. To apply for a 2019-2020 bobcat permit, go to the DNR Direct license and permit system at

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 at

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 Youth Deer Hunt is Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 12-14, 2019.

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.

INPC Meeting

The 233rd meeting of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center, 2204 Dewitt Avenue East, Mattoon. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call the INPC at 217-785-8686.

Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permits

Hunters may apply online for the Illinois 2019 Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit program. The second lottery application period deadline is Sept. 14 for those unsuccessful resident applicants from the first lottery, residents who didn’t apply in the first lottery, and non-residents. The third lottery application period (open to everyone) will be Sept. 15-28. For more information:

Music at the Museum

Acoustic blues musician Ivas John performs as part of the monthly “Music at the Museum” concert series at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7:00 p.m. John’s story is as unique as his music. Born as a first generation Lithuanian American into a music-loving Chicago home, John’s earliest influences came from European folk dancing, melodies hammered out on the family piano, and playing trumpet in the school band. John’s most recent project, “Good Days A Comin,” put him on the map in the world of acoustic music with a vision of what pure folk and country blues music should sound like. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information on the featured acts and a full series schedule, visit

Paddle the Preserve at Emiquon

Canoe or kayak within the Emiquon Preserve Complex Saturday, Sept. 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy wildlife viewing and learning about wetland restoration efforts and current scientific research. Participants may bring their own canoe or kayak (including paddling gear, life jackets, sunscreen). Participants may also reserve a seat in one of three Voyageur canoes that hold more than a dozen people. To register, call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 309-535-2290 by Sept. 11.

Wild India Program at the Illinois State Museum

Join adventurers, naturalists, and photographers Michael Jeffords and Susan Post as they explore northern India in search of snow leopards, tigers, rare rhinos, and much more during a special presentation “Wild India: Tales and Photos from an Extraordinary Trip to Northern India” at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield Thursday, Sept. 19. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with food and beverages available for purchase, and the presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is presented by the Springfield Audubon Society, Lincoln Memorial Garden, Illinois State Museum, and Illinois Audubon Society. For more information, phone 217-554-2473.

Camping Reservations

Make campsite and shelter reservations for many IDNR sites online through the Reserve America website at using a credit card.

‘Museum Day Live!’

The Illinois State Museum in Springfield is participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live. Visit to print a voucher for two free adult admission tickets to the Illinois State Museum that may be used Saturday, Sept. 21. Reminder: Child and senior admission are always free at the Illinois State Museum.

Remarkable Raptors

Celebrate birds of prey including owls, eagles, falcons, and more at the “Remarkable Raptors” family event at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Live bird programs will be presented by the Illinois Raptor Center at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21 also is Smithsonian Magazine’s “Museum Day Live!” event, so go online at to print a voucher for two free adult admission tickets to the Illinois State Museum (child and senior admission is always free). The “Remarkable Raptors” event is sponsored by Bank of Springfield.

Museum After Hours

“Superheroes” is the theme for the Illinois State Museum’s “Museum After Hours” event Friday, Sept. 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Springfield. Enjoy music, food, games, trivia, and displays – and costumes are encouraged. Wine from West of Wise Winery and beer from Obed and Isaac’s will be available and the Nuthatch Hill BBQ food truck will have food for sale. Tickets are $10 for ISM Society members and $15 for non-members and include one beverage. Additional beverages and food will be available for purchase. Visit for tickets or purchase at the door. All event proceeds support educational programs at the Illinois State Museum.

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