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Illinois hunting and fishing

The Illinois Recreational Access Program has space available for young turkey hunters this spring. Photo by Chris Young.

Access program to offer youth turkey hunting

December 01, 2011 at 02:28 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

Additional hunting opportunities for youth turkey hunters will be offered next spring through the Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP).

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is using a federal grant to lease property from private landowners in Illinois for additional hunting and public use access.

Three spring turkey seasons in 2012 will be available for youth hunters through IRAP:

• Spring Youth Season: dates are March 31- April 1 in the South Zone and April 7-8 in the North Zone.
• Season 3: dates are April 21-April 25 in the South Zone and April 27-May 2 in the North Zone.
• Season 4: dates are April 26-May 2 in the South Zone and May 3-May 9 in the North Zone.

Download an application for an IRAP Youth Turkey Hunting permit at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/IRAP.

Not all counties are open for youth turkey hunting. Check the Website for details.

Also, new sites are being added weekly as landowners enroll in the program. Check back for more information.

Applications and other information can be found at many county Soil and Water Conservation Districts offices throughout the state. 

Hunters will need chose the county in which they wish to hunt and a random drawing may be held for each county or site.

Youth hunters can request up to two turkey permits for the upcoming spring season.

Currently, there are more than 6,000 acres enrolled in IRAP in the following 14 counties:

Adams
Bureau
Fulton
Iroquois
Lee
Macoupin
Mason
McLean
Morgan
Pike
Sangamon
Schuyler
Shelby
Woodford


Other public access activities for which IRAP is leasing property are:

• To allow for fishing in ponds, rivers and streams, creating more places for families to fish.
• Creating additional access points along public rivers to enhance access by non-motorized watercraft
• To have places for nature lovers to explore, bird-watch and photograph wildlife.

For more information, contact Tammy Miller at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/IRAP.

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