Illinois DNR

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Sept. 6, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Rock Island County, CPO Francisko conducted numerous boat patrols on the Rock and Mississippi rivers to check fishermen and perform boat safety inspections. This resulted in 11 citations (three fishing and eight boating) being issued. Forty-eight written warnings were also issued. In Rock Island County, Sgt. Petreikis and CPOT Doescher cited a woman…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Aug. 23, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In JoDaviess County, While on patrol at Apple River Canyon State Park, CPO Hoftender and CPOT Doescher observed a vehicle drive by with a child hanging out of the car window. A vehicle stop was conducted, and the man was cited for the violation. In Ogle County, While on patrol at Castle Rock State…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 26, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Stephenson County, CPO Beltran and CPOT AJ Hyatt discovered a fisherman in possession of live rusty crayfish (invasive species), and appropriate enforcement action was taken. In Hancock County, While conducting sport fishing compliance checks, CPO Wheatley encountered a male and female fishing at the Niota boat ramp. Neither of the two had a…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – July 12, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, CPO Teas and CPO Trainee (CPOT) Andrew Hyatt responded to a boat accident at Lake Carroll. An overloaded ski boat was pulling a subject on a tube, and the boat took a large wake over the bow. The occupants ran to the rear of the boat which caused the entire boat…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 28, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, While on a boat patrol on Lake Carroll, CPO Palumbo and CPO Trainee (CPOT) Skelton located three juveniles in an unregistered, 10-foot jon boat. Two of the occupants were wearing their PFDs, and the third did not have one available to him. The vessel was followed back to their dock, and…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – June 14, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis IIn Henry County, While patrolling at the Hennepin Canal, CPO Posateri found a car blocking the gate. The car was filled with food and other household items. The owner of the car and another subject were located, and they were camping in a restricted area. Both subjects had active warrants for their arrest, and…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 31, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, CPO Francisko conducted a commercial fishing investigation. Commercial fishermen are required by law to submit an annual report to the IDNR showing what type and amount of fish they caught. It was determined the man under reported the amount of fish he caught in 2018. Other reporting irregularities were also discovered….

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 17, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, CPO Palumbo received a disposition in a case regarding a Thomson man arrested for unlawful take of a trophy caliber white-tailed buck on property he did not have permission to hunt. The man pled guilty; and his fines, costs, and processing fees were more than $600. The processed venison was donated…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – May 3, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Henry County, CPO Posateri received a disposition involving a Geneseo man who received a citation for dumping a toilet out on the ice of the Rock River. He pled guilty to the charge of pollution of waterway, and he was fined $120. In Stephenson County, CPOs Beltran and Teas responded to a report…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 19, 2019

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Whiteside County, CPO Palumbo issued a Morrison man a citation and written warnings for unlawfully taking a white-tailed buck with no either sex deer permit, failing to tag immediately upon kill, and deer hunting with no habitat stamp. In McDonough County, CPO Elliott completed an investigation involving a nonresident hunter who killed a doe…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – April 5, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Henry County, CPO Posateri collected a dead bald eagle that was hit by a car. It will be relayed to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and then forwarded to the National Eagle Repository. Eagles and eagle parts are available only to Native Americans enrolled in federally recognized tribes for use in religious…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 22, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Ogle County, CPO Beltran responded to a complaint of illegal hunting in a subdivision. A Byron man fired a rifle at a coyote in his backyard. The man was issued a ticket and a written warning, and he was educated on lawful coyote hunting. In Stephenson County, CPOs Alt and Hoftender responded to…

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…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – March 8, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Ogle County, CPO Hoftender responded to a poaching complaint. The caller thought the deer had been shot. She determined that the yearling deer had been killed by coyotes. In Stephenson County, CPO Hoftender responded to a complaint involving the possible poisoning of a hawk. With the assistance of an DNR district biologist, the…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Feb. 22, 2019

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, CPO Palumbo issued multiple citations to a Thomson man for unlawfully taking a trophy quality buck on property he did not have permission to hunt. In Whiteside County, CPO Palumbo issued a Morrison woman a citation and written warnings for unlawfully taking a young, five-point buck with a crossbow without possessing an…

Surprising choice for new DNR director

It’s a bit of a head-scratcher, but Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s choice to run DNR is Colleen Callahan, a 61-year-old Edwards resident who runs her own communications consulting firm, formerly worked as an agriculture broadcaster and has deep roots in Illinois politics. In his announcement, Pritzker did not point out any connections Callahan has with the state’s outdoors.

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Feb. 8, 2019

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, CPO Teas completed an investigation in Carroll and Whiteside counties. An archery hunter killed a buck in Whiteside County and failed to tag the deer. The next day, the hunter’s brother-in-law purchased tags in Carroll County and allowed the hunter to use his permit to tag the deer and check it in….

Proposed legislation calls for DNR to certify, develop distribution program for non-toxic ammunition

SB 201 provides that the “Department shall adopt by rule a public process to certify ammunition as nontoxic ammunition and shall define, by rule, nontoxic ammunition to include only ammunition in which there is no lead content, excluding the presence of trace elements of lead.”It’s early in the spring legislative session, but already an interesting – not to mention confusing – bill…