In fact, there will be a drawing for public waterfowl sites

Ralph LoosIf it seems things have been a little quiet about the annual public waterfowl blind drawings, that's because DNR has not made the kind of public announcement it typically does.

By the way, the dates of this year's drawings are July 28-29.

Those dates and an announcement about the drawing sites were posted on the DNR web site June 28. But folks in the media – myself included – contend they have not received any kind of notice from DNR about the popular drawings. This while rumors were spreading around the state that budget problems were going to put a halt to the drawings.

What future the blind drawings have is very much in question, because it takes manpower and money to hold them. I can't image the drawings, which attract thousands of duck hunters hoping to secure a hunting blind for the upcoming seasons, being laid to rest. But who knows?

As mentioned, there is information available. You can read the basics below, or go to http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Pages/IDNRAnnouncesScheduleofWaterfowl.aspx to see it for yourself on the DNR site.

SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2012 (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 29, 2012 (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.

• 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.

Mississippi River Unclaimed and Unregistered Blinds
Mississippi River Pools 16, 17, & 18 (second year of two year allocation). Pool 16 – unregistered blinds and blinds not passing inspection may be claimed on a first-come, first-served basis by calling the district wildlife biologist between 8 a.m. and noon at (815) 273-2733, two weeks before the opening day of duck season. Pool 17 and 18 – use the same procedure except phone 309/344-2617.

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