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Illinois Department of Natural Resources announces waterfowl hunting season dates

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced Monday waterfowl season dates and bag limits for the upcoming hunting season.

These seasons include a 60-day duck season, as well as a 87 to 107 day season for Canadian geese in all four of the state’s hunting zones. In the northern and central zones, there will be 107 days of Canadian goose hunting, which involves 15 hunting days in September, a two-day youth hunt and the regular 90-day hunting season. There will be fewer days in the south central and southern regions — 99 days in the south central region and 87 days in the southern zone, as they run concurrent with the duck season dates to match hunter preferences.

The released dates kicks off the second year in a five-year plan developed in 2015:

The early hunting season dates in September will be September 1-15 for Canadian goose and September 9-24 for the statewide season. These times are different than the regular season, as it begins at sunrise (30 minutes later than regular season) until sunset.

 Northern ZoneCentral ZoneSouth Central ZoneSouthern Zone
Youth HuntOctober 14-15October 21-22November 4-5November 11-12
DuckOctober 21 - December 19October 28 - December 26November 11-January 9November 23 - January 21
Canadian GooseOctober 21 - January 18October 28 - November 5
November 12 - January 31
November 11 - January 31November 23 - January 31
Snow GeeseOctober 21 - January 18October 28 - January 31November 11 - January 31November 23 - January 31
White-fronted GeeseOctober 23 - January 18November 5 - January 31November 11 - January 31November 23 - January 31
Duck Hunting Notes: Daily bag limit of six. Must not have more than four mallards (two hens), three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two black ducks, two canvasback, one pintail, five mergansers and one mottled duck. Possession limit of three times the daily bag limit by species and sex.
Geese Hunting Notes: Daily bag limit:
two (Canadian & white-fronted) with possession limit of six
20 (snow goose) with no possession limit.

September early season daily limit:
five (Canadian) with 15 possession limit in northern and central regions
two (Canadian) with possession limit of six in south central and southern regions

September statewide season daily limit:
six with possession limit of 18

The Illinois waterfowl hunting zone maps and anticipated seasons dates for the 2016-2020 seasons are available on the IDNR website at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/Documents/WaterfowlZonesDatesFinal20162020.pdf.

The application period for Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permits will be open Aug. 16-31 for the first lottery, Sept. 1-14 for the second lottery, and Sept. 15-28 for the third lottery. Permits remaining after the third lottery will be available on a first-come, first-served basis online starting Oct. 1. More information, including online applications, instructions and a list of participating sites is available on the IDNR website at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/Pages/OnlinePermitApplication.aspx.

Additional details on the duck, goose, and other migratory bird hunting seasons will be available on the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov and in the 2017-2018 Illinois Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations (available later this year) and the Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations 2017-2018, available on the IDNR website at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/HuntTrapDigest.pdf.

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- Jake Leonard is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed and general manager of Heartland Internet Media Networks. He is an active contributor to the Nokomis Free Press-Progress in Nokomis, IL. He currently serves as chairman of Tri-Counties Libertarian Party, as deputy communications director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois and as chairman and co-founder of the Libertarian Party Millennial Caucus. He has also been politically active since 2015, having run for city council, state representative, school board and is currently running for state senator for the 2018 election season.

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources announces waterfowl hunting season dates