Illinois DNR

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…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Jan. 25, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Henry County, CPO Posateri responded to a complaint of another hunter using the owner’s tree stand. She met with the hunters, and the man occupying the tree stand had permission from the landowner to hunt. The owner of the tree stand thought he was the only hunter allowed there. After some discussion, both…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Jan. 11, 2019

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Henry County, CPO Posateri responded to a complaint of an unauthorized pop-up deer blind too close to a residence. A hunter from Kewanee was cited for the violation since he was less than 300 yards as required. In Henry County, while conducing deer enforcement during firearm deer season, CPOs Wagner and Finn found…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Dec. 28, 2018

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Henry County, CPO Palumbo issued multiple citations and written warnings to two raccoon hunters. He observed their vehicle coming out of a field and conducted a stop. The violations included transporting a loaded/uncased .22 pistol, an open canister containing an alcoholic beverage, FOID card status, hunting license, habitat stamp, and hunting without permission….

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Dec. 14, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Stephenson County, CPO Beltran investigated a deer hunting violation at Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area. It was discovered that a local hunter failed to report his harvest for CWD testing. The hunter was issued citations and warnings for several violations. In Stephenson County, CPO Beltran investigated a Freeport man for hunting over bait. It…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Nov. 30, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Ogle County, CPO Beltran spoke to a Byron man regarding his deer harvest posted on his social media page. The man had time to post on the date of harvest, but he failed to check in the deer harvest in the legal timeframe. Appropriate enforcement action was taken In Ogle County, CPO Beltran investigated…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Nov. 16, 2018

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis An Andover man, who used his wife’s landowner deer permits to fulfill the deer he killed, appeared in court and pled guilty to the unlawful taking of a deer. The falsification of DNR records charge was dismissed. He was fined a total of $359. While conducting surveillance on an unlawful trap line, CPO Palumbo…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Nov. 2, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In JoDaviess County, CPO Jones cited a Lake in the Hills man and an Elgin man for hunting squirrels with unplugged shotguns. One was issued a written warning for no habitat stamp, and both were given verbal warnings for no windshield cards. CPO Jones cited an Arizona man and a Joliet man for not wearing…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Oct. 19, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Lee County, CPOs Francisko and Posateri, along with Sgt. Petreikis, conducted snowmobile enforcement. The detail resulted in the issuance of numerous citations and written warnings. The following violations were detected: failure to transfer snowmobile registration to new owner within 15 days of purchase; operation of snowmobile without Illinois snowmobile registration; operation of snowmobile without…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Oct. 5, 2018

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Mercer County, CPO Francisko brought an extensive hunting investigative case involving an Iowa resident to a close. The man was buying Illinois resident permits and licenses when he should have been buying nonresident permits and licenses. The man was charged with multiple counts of fraudulently obtaining licenses, permits, or tags and multiple counts…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Sept. 21, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, while on a boat patrol on Pool 13 of the Mississippi River, CPO Palumbo issued a Downers Grove man a citation and multiple written warnings for not having a sufficient number of wearable PFDs of appropriate size, no type IV onboard, and for being in possession of several live threeridge mussels in…