SPRINGFIELD – Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to mark their calendars for upcoming waterfowl hunting blind site random drawings to be held at several public hunting areas around the Illinois and Mississippi River Confluence in Illinois on Sunday, June 1.
The June 1 drawings are for hunting areas at the Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Area and for Horseshoe Lake State Park in Madison County.
Duck and goose hunters must register in person between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for waterfowl blind site drawings and must be present at the drawing – held at each location designated below immediately after the registration period – to claim their blind sites. Mail-in registrations are not accepted. Blind allocations are good for three years.
To participate in a drawing, applicants must present a 2013 or 2014 Illinois hunting or sportsman combination license and a 2013 or 2014 Illinois Migratory Waterfowl Stamp at the time they register, unless exempted by law. Applicants must be at least 16 years old by the date of the drawing.
Applicants needing to purchase new licenses and stamps should do so prior to the drawing. Most blind drawing locations will not have license sales available. Licenses and stamps are available at any DNR Direct license and permit vendor or through the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov.
Registrants are no longer required to possess a valid Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card from the Illinois State Police to participate in blind drawings.
Also, in order to be an eligible applicant for the drawing, the participant must not, at the time of the drawing, have his or her hunting privileges suspended or revoked by the IDNR or any other jurisdiction. Out-of-state residents must have a 2013 or 2014 non-resident hunting license for Illinois and a 2013 or 2014 Illinois Migratory Waterfowl Stamp.
The schedule for Mississippi River SFWA and Horseshoe Lake SP 2014 blind drawings is listed below. Schedules and locations for other waterfowl blind drawings at sites along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers and in northeastern Illinois will be announced later.
SUNDAY, JUNE 1 (Blinds allocated for three years)
• Horseshoe Lake State Park, Madison County: Picnic shelters 1 and 2 located near the site main entrance
• Mississippi River SFWA – Batchtown and nearby Mississippi River blinds: Batchtown Ball Diamond, in Batchtown
• Mississippi River SFWA – Calhoun Point and Illinois River Blinds: Brussels Community Park, by school and ball diamond in Brussels
• Mississippi River SFWA – Fuller Lake: Brussels Community Park, by school and ball diamond in Brussels
• Mississippi River SFWA – Glades/12 Mile Island: Alton Wood River Sportsmen Club, 3109 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey
• Mississippi River SFWA – Godar/Diamond: Calhoun County Fairgrounds, North of Hardin on RT. 100.
• Mississippi River SFWA – Helmbold Slough: Brussels Community Park, by school and ball diamond in Brussels
• Mississippi River SFWA – Piasa Island: Alton Wood River Sportsmen Club, 3109 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey
• Mississippi River SFWA – Red’s Landing: Calhoun County Fairgrounds, North of Hardin on RT. 100.
• Mississippi River SFWA – Rip Rap Landing: Calhoun County Fairgrounds, North of Hardin on RT. 100
• Mississippi River SFWA – Stump Lake: Alton Wood River Sportsmen Club, 3109 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey
Additional hunting information and maps on the above sites can be accessed at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/hunter_fact_sheet/index.htm.