No permit dove hunting at Chouteau Island
Due to unusually wet conditions, the Chouteau Island unit of Horseshoe Lake State Park (Madison Co.) was removed from the drawing for dove hunting permits for this fall. No permits for this area were allocated for the first five days of dove hunting season, allowing alternate hunting choices to be granted for individuals who were successfully drawn in the lottery.
Sunflowers were planted early on Chouteau Island, but excessive rains and river water seepage have flooded and destroyed the majority of the crop. The fields remain flooded at this time. From July 14 through August 4, unsuccessful applicants, non-residents and anyone who has not applied for or received a dove hunting reservation may call 217/524-6514 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F) to apply for any remaining open areas and dates at other sites throughout the state.