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Youth deer hunts planned in region

August 31, 2018

Daily Journal staff report

Youth deer hunting opportunities will be available in October at Kankakee River State Park and Iroquois County State Wildlife Area, north of Beaverville.

This is the second year for the program, and a limited number of positions will be available, but the program might be expanded to additional areas should interest warrant. To apply, send a card or letter to the Site Superintendent C/O Youth Deer Hunt 5314 W. Illinois Route 102 Bourbonnais, IL, 60103 — with the name of hunter, name of guardian/mentor (and hunter customer number) address and phone number. Applications must be at the park office no later than the close of business Saturday.

A random drawing for slots will be made. Two slots are available at Kankakee River SP and three at Iroquois County. Successful applicants will be contacted with site rules, permit and maps. They also will be required to purchase a Youth/Apprentice license and Firearm Deer Permit for your county from an over-the-counter vendor. If using an apprentice license, the mentor must be a licensed hunter.

This hunt will only be open in Day Use Area north of the park office at Kankakee River State Park from designated locations. At Iroquois County, only the agricultural fields and adjacent woods north of the office will be open from designated locations.

This season will only be open during the October portion of the Youth Deer Season, which is the Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day weekend. For more information, contact the site office at Kankakee River State Park at 815-933-1383.

Waterfowl blinds

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources proposing changes in regulations regarding materials that can be used to construct waterfowl hunting blinds at public hunting sites for the 2019-20 period.

The changes are intended to reduce debris in waterways and adjacent property when blinds deteriorate or are destroyed by flood, ice and other natural occurrences.

Materials, such as metal and plastic fencing, metal panels, roofing materials and metal poles, can litter waterways and create hazards for boaters, anglers and other site users that can cause damage or injury.

The proposed challenges have been submitted to the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.

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