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IDNR announces 2024 waterfowl hide planning schedule – Shaw Local

Waterfowl hunters should mark their calendars for upcoming waterfowl blind drawings at several public hunting areas in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is hosting traditional blind drawings at various locations this year. Participants are encouraged to follow all site-specific drawing procedures.

Locations on Sunday, July 28, include Lake DePue State Fish and Wildlife Area with registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Park, 0.75 miles west of DePue on Route 29; Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area, including the Sparland Unit, with registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the area's check station, five miles south of Lacon on Route 26; Starved Rock State Park with registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buffalo Rock State Park (large shelter for picnics), three miles west of Ottawa on Dee Bennett Road.

Waterfowl hunters must register in person for the blind spot drawing and must be present at the drawing at each location listed below immediately after the registration deadline to claim their blind spots. Mail-in or pre-registrations will not be accepted. Blind spots for these spots are valid for one year.

To be eligible for a drawing, all applicants must present a 2023 or 2024 regular Illinois hunting license; a 2023 or 2024 Illinois Migratory Waterfowl Stamp at the time of registration, unless exempted by law; and a valid photo identification. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age at the time of the drawing. Apprentice licenses and youth licenses will not be accepted unless the youth license holder also presents a hunting safety certificate.

Applicants who need to purchase licenses and stamps should do so prior to the drawing. Licenses will not be sold at most blind drawing locations. Licenses and stamps are available from any IDNR license and permit vendor or through the IDNR website.

To be eligible to participate in blind drawings, entrants are no longer required to have a valid Illinois Firearm Owner's Identification Card from the Illinois State Police. To be eligible for the drawing, entrants must not have had their hunting privileges suspended or revoked by the IDNR or any other agency at the time of the drawing. Residents of other states must have a 2023 or 2024 Illinois Annual Nonresident Hunting License and a 2023 or 2024 Illinois Migratory Waterfowl Stamp. Five-day licenses are not accepted.

Persons with a disability that prevents them from hunting from a waterfowl blind may be assisted by the issuance of a vehicle parking permit through the IDNR. You may apply for a vehicle parking permit online.

The schedule for the 2024 blind drawings at other locations across the state:

Saturday, July 27 (blinds are assigned for one year)

  • Chain O' Lakes State Park and Redwing Slough/Deer Lake State Natural Area, Lake County: Registration for both sites is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Oak Point day-use area, just east of the Fox River on the south side of Illinois 173. Hunters may register for only one of the two sites.
  • Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area, Will County: Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the site office, two miles northwest of Wilmington at Exit 241 on Interstate 55.
  • Kankakee River State Park and Momence Wetlands, Kankakee and Will Counties: Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for both sites at the Kankakee River State Park office, five miles northwest of Bourbonnais on Illinois 102. Hunters may register for only one of the two sites.
  • Mazonia State Fish and Wildlife Area, Grundy County: Registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Site Office, 7705 E. Huston Road, Braceville (just off Illinois 53, two miles southeast of Braceville). Sites 20-31 may be unavailable due to a possible construction project. Final decision will be announced at the drawing.
  • Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area, DeKalb County: Register at the park office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Directions: Go 2.5 miles south of Shabbona on Shabbona Road, turn east on Shabbona Grove Road and go 1/2 mile. The office is on the left side of the road.
  • Sinnissippi Lake, Whiteside County: Registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harry Oppold Marina, on Stouffer Road on the east edge of Sterling.
  • William Powers State Recreation Area, Cook County: Registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shelter 2, 126th Street and Avenue 0, Chicago.

Sunday, July 28 (blinds are assigned for one year)

  • Anderson Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Fulton County: Register from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the area checkpoint, 13½ miles southwest of Havana on Illinois 100.
  • Clear Lake, Mason County: Registration is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sand Ridge State Forest Headquarters, 25799E County Road 2300N, Forest City. Follow signs from Manito or Forest City. Phone (309) 597-2212.
  • Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Fulton County: Register from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the area checkpoint, three miles south of Banner on Route 24.
  • Sanganois State Fish and Wildlife Area, Cass and Mason Counties: Sign up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the east side of the maintenance building, two miles north of Chandlerville on Illinois 78. Follow signs to Sanganois.
  • Spring Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area and Pekin Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Tazewell County: Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the south park office area, two miles north of Manito on County Road 16 (Manito Road) and eight miles west and south on Spring Lake Road.
  • Woodford State Fish and Wildlife Area, Woodford County: Register from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the site check station, six miles south of Spring Bay off Illinois 26.

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