IDNR Newsbits

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, shares the following items of interest:

Firearm Deer Permits: Permit applications will be accepted until Aug. 19 for the third lottery drawing for 2016 Illinois firearm and muzzleloader deer permits.  

For details, check the IDNR website at  

Resident Archery Deer Permits: Resident combination and antlerless-only archery deer permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. Find a vendor link here: 

Fall Wild Turkey Shotgun Season: Hunters can apply through Aug. 22 for the second lottery for 2016 Illinois fall wild turkey shotgun season permits. 

Season dates are Oct. 22-30. Applications are available online at

Online Dove Permits: Online applications are being accepted for Illinois free dove hunting permits.  

Hunters can apply on a first-come, first-served basis through Aug. 25 for any permits that remain.  

For more information on dove hunting permit areas and free dove permits, check the IDNR website at

Upland Game Permits: Hunters can apply through Aug. 31 for the Illinois 2016 free upland game hunt permit program.  

Applications must be made online, and successful applicants will receive a confirmation by mail.  

The online application information is available at this link:

Hike App: Visitors to Giant City State Park can now take a guided hike on the parks’ most popular trails by downloading a new smartphone app. 

Download the Prairie State Hike App for 99 cents from iTunes or Google Play. 

Features of the app include a map, points of interest, audio for each stop, photographs and video. 

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