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Heartland Outdoors

Illinois holding annual duck blind drawings

Thu, July 06, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – The time has come once again for the annual gathering of the fowlers ... for Woodstock with guns ... the annual allotment of Illinois public waterfowl blinds along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.

Duck and goose hunters must register in person for waterfowl blind site drawings and must be present at the drawing – held at each location designated below immediately after the registration period – to claim their blind sites.  Mail-in registrations are not accepted.  Unless otherwise stated, blind allocations for these sites are good for one year.

To participate in a drawing, all applicants must present a 2016 or 2017 regular Illinois hunting license (no apprentice or youth license), a 2016 or 2017 Illinois Migratory Waterfowl Stamp at the time they register, unless exempted by law, and valid photo identification. The requirement for photo ID is new for this year.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old by the date of the drawing.

Applicants needing to purchase new licenses and stamps should do so prior to the drawing. Most blind drawing locations will not have license sales available.

Registrants are no longer required to possess a valid Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card from the Illinois State Police to participate in blind drawings. Also, in order to be an eligible applicant for the drawing, the participant must not have his or her hunting privileges suspended or revoked by the IDNR or any other jurisdiction at the time of the drawing. 

Out-of-state residents must have a 2016 or 2017 non-resident hunting license for Illinois and a 2016 or 2017 Illinois Migratory Waterfowl Stamp. 

The schedule for upcoming blind drawings is listed below:

SUNDAY, JULY 16
(Blinds allocated for two years)

• Mississippi River Pool 21 and Pool 22: registration 10 a.m. - noon at the Twin Oaks Sportsman’s Club, 2707 Bonansinga Dr., Quincy. 

• Mississippi River Pool 24 registration 10 a.m. - noon at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office, Route 106 West, Pittsfield.

SATURDAY, JULY 29
(Blinds allocated for one year)

• Chain O’Lakes State Park and Redwing Slough/Deer Lake State Natural Area, Lake County: registration for both sites 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Oak Point day use area, 1/5 mile east of the Fox River on the south side of Illinois Route 173. Hunters will be allowed to register for only one of the two sites.

• Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area, Will County:  registration 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the site office, two miles northwest of Wilmington off exit 241 on Interstate 55.

• Kankakee River State Park and Momence Wetlands, Kankakee and Will Counties: registration 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for both sites at the Kankakee River State Park office, five miles northwest of Bourbonnais on Illinois Route 102.  Hunters will be allowed to register for only one of the two sites.

• Mazonia State Fish and Wildlife Area, Grundy County:  registration 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the site office just off Illinois Route 53, two miles southeast of Braceville.

• Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area, DeKalb County:  registration 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the park office.  Directions - go 2½ miles south of Shabbona on Shabbona Road, turn east on Shabbona Grove Road and go ½ mile (office is on left side of the road).

• Sinnissippi Lake, Whiteside County: registration 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Harry Oppold Marina, on Stouffer Road on the east edge of Sterling.

• William Powers State Recreation Area, Cook County: registration 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the boat launch, 126th St. and Ave. 0, Chicago.

SUNDAY, JULY 30
(Blinds allocated for one year)
• Anderson Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Fulton County: registration 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the area check station, 13½ miles southwest of Havana on Illinois Route 100.

• Clear Lake, Mason County:  registration 10a.m. - 2 p.m. at Sand Ridge State Forest Headquarters, 25799E CTY RD.  2300N, Forest City.  Phone (309) 597-2212.  Follow the signs from Manito or Forest City.

• Lake DePue State Fish and Wildlife Area, Bureau County: registration
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Park, ¾ miles west of DePue on Illinois Route 29.

• Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area including the Sparland Unit, Marshall County: registration 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the area check station, five miles south of Lacon on Illinois Route 26.

• Meredosia Lake in Morgan and Cass Counties (allocated for 2 years):  registration 12 noon - 2 p.m. at the Jim Edgar Panther Creek Hunter Check-In Building (located adjacent to the JEPC site office, approximately 7 miles southeast of Chandlerville), 10149 County Highway 11, Chandlerville, IL 62627.

• Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Fulton County:  registration 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the area check station, three miles south of Banner on Route 24.

• Sanganois State Fish and Wildlife Area, Cass and Mason Counties: registration 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. On the east side of the maintenance building, two miles north of Chandlerville on Illinois Route 78 (follow the signs to Sanganois).

• Spring Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area and Pekin Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Tazewell County: registration 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the south park office area, two miles north of Manito on County Rd. 16 (Manito Rd.) and eight miles west and south on Spring Lake Rd.

• Starved Rock State Park, LaSalle County: registration 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Point Shelter day use area on Illinois Route 71, about four miles east of Illinois Route 178 or 5½ miles west of Illinois Route 23 in South Ottawa.

• Woodford State Fish and Wildlife Area, Woodford County: registration 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the area check station, 5½ miles north of Spring Bay on Illinois Route 26.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5
(Blinds allocated for two years)

• Mississippi River Pool 16: Registration 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, 19408 Loud Thunder Rd., Illinois City.

• Mississippi River Pool 17: registration 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at New Boston City Park.

• Mississippi River Pool 18: registration 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Delabar State Park, two miles north of Oquawka.

Additional hunting information and maps on the above sites can be accessed at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/FactSheets/Pages/default.aspx

Comments

I feel that the CURRENT year’s hunting license and duck stamp should be the only one’s accepted.  Now, with electronic terminals, licenses are readily available.  (We old-timers remember when it was sometimes hard to find a sporting goods store that had hunting licenses at drawing time-thus the reason for last years being accepted.)
As it stands now, a group can get non-hunters into two drawings (in some cases) for one license/stamp fee.  If they want their non-hunting buddies in the draw, make them pay-each year. 
Same goes for out of staters(OOS).  If an OOS draws a blind on the Miss, he may have an OOS license for two years.  Then he can still use that license from the previous year at the next drawing.  If he doesn’t get drawn and may not have friends drawn, what are the odds of him buying a OOS license?  Probably not.  I say make them have a current license to get in the draw.

Posted by riverrat47 on July 07

The “old” days are long gone as far as I am concerned, the new superintendents can care less about management of some of those sites, the past few years its let them hunt longer, hunt closer to the refuge (some will say what refuge) and lets try to squeeze in some more blinds on a already over crowded river.  With the DNR its always about more, more, more.  They pressure the hell out of the ducks, so why not put more pressure on those at the lotto trying to get one of those draws.

Posted by BIGPOND on July 07

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