The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

July 16, 2013

OUTDOORS: Plan now for the hunting season


DANVILLE — Online applications may be submitted through today (July 16) for the second lottery for Illinois Free Dove Hunting Permits at selected state sites.

Permit applications may be submitted by resident hunters who were unsuccessful in the first lottery, residents who did not apply in the first lottery, and non-resident hunters for the second lottery drawing.

After today’s second lottery permit application deadline, hunters may apply for remaining free dove permits on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. on July 31.

For information on dove hunting permit areas and free dove permits, check the IDNR Web site at

Begin planning for the upcoming 2013-14 hunting seasons in Illinois by checking the schedule of IDNR Hunter Safety Education courses.

Many Hunter Safety classes are scheduled in advance of the fall seasons and summer is a good time to register.

Classes fill up quickly, so check the IDNR Web site for scheduled classes, more of which are added each week. The Web link for IDNR Safety Education courses is

Keep up to date with events and information on outdoor recreation and natural resources in Illinois through IDNR postings on Facebook and Twitter. Find them at

July and August are good times to sight in your guns for the hunting season ahead.

I’ve talked with some very good long-range shooters, these guys are both hunting out of state and they are shooting 300-500 yards on many of their shots, and they tell me that fall in Illinois has so much wind that it is hard to find a day to sight in a gun, especially a high-powered rifle.

Less windy days in these parts are normally found in July and August. If you stop and think about the wind in the fall around here it gets to blowing pretty hard.

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