DNR releases new 5-year waterfowl hunting plan
DNR has released its latest five-year plan for waterfowl zone lines and season dates for duck and goose hunting in the state. If approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the plan would over the 2016-20 seasons.
Every five years, Illinois and other states must establishes zone lines and season dates over a five-year period. To establish the plan, DNR "reviews data on waterfowl abundance and peak migration timing, average freeze dates, and hunter desires as determined through mailed surveys, public open houses, and emails," the agency noted.
As for the 2016-20 plan, which can be viewed at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/Pages/Default.aspx, the notable changes include a change in the zone line between the north and central zones in eastern sections. The line will revert to the previous line following Interstate 80.
Comments from the public will be accepted until Oct. 20 and can be made by emailing DNR.DuckTalk@illinois.gov