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Wildlife grants, Illinois state fair, hunting permits

Illinois State Fair

The 2019 Illinois State Fair in Springfield promises plenty of fun and excitement, and fair visitors should plan to make Conservation World a destination while at the fair on Aug. 9 to Aug. 18.

Conservation World is a 30-acre park on the state fairgrounds filled with family activities and entertainment, including fishing instruction, archery ranges, expert information on habitat enhancement, state parks, wildlife, fish, and forestry, and the popular Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show.

Conservation World will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Firearm deer permits

Permit applications will be accepted until Aug. 16 for the third lottery drawing for 2019 Illinois firearm and muzzleloader deer permits.


Resident archery deer permits: 

Resident combination, antlerless-only archery deer permits, as well as non-resident archery deer combination permits are available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors

Visit The Illinois Archery Deer Season is Oct. 1, 2019 through Jan. 19, 2020.
Fall wild turkey shotgun season: 

Hunters may apply through Aug. 19 for the second lottery for 2019 Illinois Fall Wild Turkey Shotgun Season permits. Season dates are Oct. 19 to Oct. 27.


IDNR Special Wildlife Grants Applications: 

The IDNR is accepting grant applications from qualifying entities interested in developing projects to enhance wildlife habitat through the Illinois Habitat Fund (deadline is Aug. 19) and the State Pheasant Fund (deadline is Aug. 23).

Email or call 217-785-4416

Online dove permits: 

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


Upland game permits: 

Hunters may apply through Aug. 31 for the Illinois 2019 Free Upland Game Hunt Permit program.


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