Spring Turkey Updates

Spring Turkey Hunting Update:  Random daily drawings continue
for remaining permits for the 2009 Spring Wild Turkey Hunting
season in Illinois.  Applications for turkey hunting seasons must
be submitted no later than three weeks prior to the start of the
selected season (see season dates below).  Hunters can print out
and mail in an application or apply online through DNR Direct.  Go
to the IDNR web site at http://dnr.state.il.us.

Turkey Permits Available for Recently Reopened Sites:  Governor
Quinn announced recently the reopening of seven state sites closed
last year.  As part of the process of reopening Castle Rock State
Park, Hidden Springs State Forest, Moraine View State Park, and
Wolf Creek State Park, the IDNR is offering wild turkey hunters the
opportunity to apply for spring wild turkey hunting permits on
these state sites.  Applicants should submit their application form
or apply online through DNR Direct for these special hunt

Castle Rock State Park in Ogle County (CRSP)

Hidden Springs State Forest, 1st and 2nd season in Shelby County

Moraine View State Park in McLean County (MVSP)

Wolf Creek State Park, 1st and 2nd season in Shelby County

Hunters should send the completed application and check or money
order to the address on the application or apply online by Mar. 23
to obtain first-season permits.  Applications for later hunting
seasons need to be submitted three weeks prior to the start of the
season selected (see season dates below).  For a permit application
form or a link to DNR Direct to apply online, go to the IDNR web
site at http://dnr.state.il.us.

Turkey/Mushroom Spring Safety:  Spring turkey hunters and
mushroom/morel collectors in southern Illinois are reminded that
forested areas throughout the region sustained extensive damage
from the ice storm that occurred in late January. Many areas,
including a number of IDNR sites, still have downed trees, hanging
limbs, and broken tree tops.   Some areas may still be inaccessible
due to blocked roads and trails when the youth turkey season is
scheduled in the South Zone on March 28-29.

Hunters are advised to call ahead to site offices for the latest
conditions on IDNR properties. Information can also be found on the
IDNR web site at http://dnr.state.il.us.

Spring Turkey Dates:  The dates for the 2009 Illinois Spring
Wild Turkey Season:

South Zone

Youth Hunt:  March 28-29

1st Season:  April 6-April 10

2nd Season:  April 11-April 16

3rd Season:  April 17-April 22

4th Season:  April 23-April 29

5th Season:  April 30-May 7

North Zone

Youth Hunt:  April 4-5

1st Season:  April 13-April 17

2nd Season:  April 18- April 23

3rd Season:  April 24-April 29

4th Season:  April 30-May 6

5th Season:  May 7-May 14

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