The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

June 14, 2013

Craft owners have new ways to renew

BY SAM VAN CAMP
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Watercraft owners in Illinois are reminded that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is no longer mailing watercraft registration renewal notices.

Watercraft owners can renew their watercraft registrations by using a touch-tone telephone (1-866-867-3542) or online, with a link on the IDNR website at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/boating/Pages/RenewYourWatercraftRegistration.aspx.

This convenient service operates 24 hours a day (a convenience fee will be added to the regular registration fee to offset the cost of the transaction).

When renewing, watercraft owners should have handy their Illinois registration number and hull identification number (located on the registration card) and pen and paper to record their confirmation number. Forms of payment include VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and E-Check. Upon completion of the transaction, watercraft owners will receive a confirmation number that will authorize the immediate use of their watercraft on Illinois waters.

I really find this a problem in that, not only do they not notify you that your watercraft renewal is due but they also collect more money by making you use a credit card. How is that different from simply raising the price of your boat sticker in that you will pay more? Many boat owners won’t get this notice, forget it is due, and end up with a ticket for running their boat illegally. Then you pay more money! Is this the state’s intention; collect more of our money? My opinion is; they really need to think this one over!

Reminders

Resident and non-resident deer hunters can apply now for the second lottery drawing for 2013 Illinois Firearm Deer and Muzzleloader-only Deer permits. The deadline to apply for the second lottery is June 30. For more information, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer

Resident Illinois hunters can apply online for permits for the Illinois Fall Shotgun Turkey season (Oct. 19-27, 2013) at www.dnr.illinois.gov. The first lottery application deadline is July 1. For more turkey hunting information, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/turkey.

The online lottery application period is open through June 30 for Non-Resident Illinois Archery Combination Deer permits for the 2013-14 deer season. Non-resident hunters can apply online through DNR Direct Online License Sales at this link: www.dnr.illinois.gov/online. Non-residents may apply for one combination archery permit per season. The upcoming Illinois archery deer season is Oct. 1-Jan. 19 (except closed in firearm deer counties on Nov. 22-24 and Dec. 5-8). For more information on Illinois deer hunting, check the IDNR web site at this link: www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer.

Sam Van Camp writes about the outdoors on Fridays and Sundays. Call him at 662-6559. Fax: 446-6648. E-mail: pamnsam@nwcable.net