Leftover turkey permits to go on sale Tuesday
A technical problem of some sorts paused the sale of “leftover” turkey permits, which had been scheduled for over-the-counter sales on March 12. The Illinois DNR has announced that those permits will go on sale beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
“In fairness to all turkey hunters, I decided to delay the start of over-the-counter sales for an additional week,” DNR Director Colleen Callahan said in one of her first statements since taking over the director job March 1. “Since not all of our vendors were able to process sales, some hunters would have been able to purchase permits, while others would not, and DNR is committed to making this a fair process for all hunters.”
Meanwhile, DNR said it will also publish a list of vendors that are able to sell the permits on Tuesday. Those hunters located too far from a listed vendor will be able to call the DNR beginning Tuesday at 217-782-2965 and purchase a permit by phone. Permits will be mailed to those hunters who purchase by phone.