BY SAM VAN CAMP
Outdoors enthusiasts are reminded that Illinois’ new license year begins April 1. Illinois fishing, hunting and sportsman’s combination licenses for 2013 are available from DNR Direct license and permit vendors, online through the IDNR website www.dnr.illinois.gov/online/Pages/default.aspx or by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).
The 2013 licenses will be valid through Mar. 31, 2014 unless otherwise noted.
The 2013-2015 Illinois Fishing Information guide is available in PDF format through the IDNR website at: www.dnr.illinois.gov/fishing. Regulations in the guide are effective April 1 through March 31, 2015. Illinois Free Fishing Days for 2013 are June 7-10.
Random daily drawings for resident and non-resident hunters for 2013 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey permits begin Monday. The link to the online permit application can be found on the IDNR website Spring Turkey page:
Over-the-counter sales of county permits for the Spring Youth Wild Turkey Season started on Tuesday. The dates for the 2013 Spring Youth Wild Turkey season are March 30-31 in the Southern Zone and April 6-7 in the Northern Zone. For permit application and other information, check the IDNR website at this link:
Resident Illinois deer hunters can apply online beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday through April 30 for the first lottery drawings for 2013
Illinois firearm and muzzleloader-only deer season permits through DNR Direct. Just click on the Online Services tab on the IDNR website home page at www.dnr.illinois.gov. Application forms in PDF format will be available online in April.
The first lottery drawings for firearm and muzzleloader-only deer permits are for Illinois residents only. The deadline to apply for the first lottery drawings for 2013 firearm deer permits and muzzleloader-only deer permits is April 30. Resident hunters can apply in both the firearm and muzzleloader-only lotteries. The 2013 Illinois firearm deer seasons are Nov. 22-24 (first season) and Dec. 5-8 (second season). The 2013 muzzleloader-only permits may be used Dec. 13-15 (and in the second firearm season, Dec. 5-8).
Sam Van Camp writes about the outdoors on Fridays and Sundays. Call him at 662-6559. Fax: 446-6648. E-mail: email@example.com