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IDNR releases winter, spring hunting information

Archery, deer and fall turkey permits

Illinois archery, deer and Illinois archery fall turkey seasons are open through Jan. 20. Permits are available over the counter at DNR Direct license and permit vendors.

To search for a vendor, visit

Archery, firearm, muzzleloader, late-winter/CWD seasons, sampling

Deer hunters statewide are encouraged to allow samples to be taken for chronic wasting disease sampling from adult deer they harvest. Check the IDNR website for locations that are serving as CWD sampling stations, taking samples from entire deer or deer heads through Jan. 20, 2019 at

For details on the upcoming 2018-19 late-winter antlerless-only and special chronic wasting disease deer seasons, visit

To view a map of late-winter season and special CWD season counties, visit

No trespassing

IDNR reminds outdoors enthusiasts that the property acquired recently to expand recreation at Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks (the former Lone Star/Buzzi Unicem USA property) is not open to the public at this time.

The entire 2,629-acre parcel will remain closed to the public while the property is evaluated for future recreational opportunities, and planning and installation of recreation facilities occurs. Violators face arrest for criminal trespass to State supported land, which is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by fines up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail. Any questions may be directed to Starved Rock State Park at 815-667-4726.

Davis Mansion holiday event Dec. 8: The 2018 “Christmas at the Mansions” event Dec. 8 in Bloomington will include special holiday tours of the historic David Davis Mansion, home of Judge David Davis and his, wife, Sarah, and their family as they celebrate a “Charles Dickens Christmas.”

Holiday revelers will also be invited to tour the stately Ewing Manor and a “Mystery House” in Bloomington as part of the “Christmas at the Mansions” event in which all three homes will be elegantly decorated for Christmas. Tickets can be bought in advance for $17, and tickets bought on the day of the event on Dec. 8 will be $20. Tickets can be bought at the David Davis Mansion Visitors Center, or online at

Spring turkey applications

Hunters may apply from Dec. 4, 2018, through Jan. 11, 2019, for the second lottery for 2019 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits.

For information, visit

IRAP spring turkey hunting

Youth and adult hunters can apply now for 2019 spring turkey hunting opportunities through the Illinois Recreational Access Program. The IDNR has leased about 15,000 acres of private land for 2019 spring turkey hunting through IRAP. Public access for turkey hunting on those properties in 39 counties is available free of charge.

To participate as a youth hunter (must be younger than age 18), hunters must fill out an IRAP application and send it in by Feb. 26 to be eligible for the youth drawing. A total of 172 sites are available in 39 counties for the two-weekend youth season (March 30 to 31 and April 6 to 7).

Another 344 sites are available for 2019 Illinois spring turkey season segments 3 and 4 to youth and adult turkey hunters. These sites are open on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information, visit

Youth goose hunt

Youth interested in participating in the annual Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt, sponsored by the IDNR, can register now for the hunt, which is scheduled for Jan. 20 to 21. 

To register for a drawing to participate in the hunt, phone 217-785-8060 by the registration deadline of Dec. 28. The youth goose hunt will be held at private waterfowl hunting clubs in the Canton area in Fulton Co. A lottery drawing involving all youth who phone in to register will be conducted Jan. 2, and youth hunters selected will be notified by mail.

First-time applicants will be given priority before previous participants in the drawing. The hunt is open to youth ages 10 to 17 at the time of the hunt.

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