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More permit duck hunting areas?

February 26, 2009 at 03:19 PM

Peoria Journal Star

Duck season is a long way from the minds of even most diehard waterfowlers. Not so in Springfield. Now is when changes take place that impact how, where and when waterfowlers hunt this fall.

One possible change would impact the Rice Lake walk-ins, the Double T Goose Management Area and the Duck Ranch near Henry. In all three cases, DNR is considering a proposal to add those sites to the list of areas offering daily hunting permits.

Banner Marsh, Snakeden Hollow and the Spring Lake Bottoms units already offer daily permits.

Waterfowl biologist Ray Marshalla said issuing permits would allow hunters from around the state to plan trips to these sites. Without guaranteed permits, hunters were discouraged to make long drives because of the real possibility they might not be drawn — particularly at the popular Rice Lake walk-ins.

“Right now these sites cater to people who live close by. But these aren’t county areas, they are state areas,” Marshalla said. “We want as many people as possible to be able to experience the opportunity of hunting ducks on state areas.

“We’re looking for any way we can to recruit new hunters and to keep hunters who might be lured away to other activities.”

Here are particulars of the proposed administrative rule change, which is still being reviewed internally. Public comment will be accepted once the change is made public.

  • Seven permits per day would be issued for the Rice Lake walk-ins. Permit holders would be allowed to bring two partners. There would be no charge to hunt since there are no blinds offered. A limit of 21 hunters would be allowed out each day. If permit holders don’t show or there are spots remaining after permits are drawn, those will be allocated in a stand-by drawing.
  • Six permits would be issued per day for Double T, which is hunted Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Hunters would be allowed to bring three partners. There would be no charge to hunt.
  • Five permits would be issued per day for the Duck Ranch, which is hunted Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Hunters could bring three partners. There would be a $10 charge per hunter since the site offers blinds.
  • The application process would be changed allowing hunters to apply for five sites and a total of 25 choices.

We’ll have more on this in the weeks to come.

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I take it the fools in Springfield (Ray) have never heard the phrase “if it’s not broke don’t fix it.” There is nothing wrong with the way Rice Lake does the drawing for the walk in. Instead of ruining something that the staffers at Rice Lake have created with a lot of hard work, maybe they should work on the other state parks to make them better and leave the others alone. If this actually goes through you will see harvest numbers drop year by year til its not even worth hunting. Then they will go “fix” another state park that is killing birds because you have people out there who cry’s “that’s not fair.”  What a bunch of B**L S**T

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/27 at 06:23 PM

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Posted by Jeff Lampe on 03/02 at 08:12 PM

i just want to say i am tired of springfield catering to chicago i go to the walkin every year and i have been turned away and i live 30 min away so why should it be ok for guys in chicago to get a permit make the drive i have to if i dont get in i go somewhere else dont fix it if it aint broke fix the budget instead it needs more work than a draw system thats worked for years

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/02 at 09:53 PM

Hmm, Looks like the swords have been drawn and the swinging has begun.First Springfield does not cater to Chicago! What Mr Marsalla is trying to do is make it accessible to all Waterfowl Hunters not just Hunters from Chicago! There will be meeting in the north,central,southern zones and the dates I am sure will be posted so the “diehards” who what to keep other Hunters who pay for a License,Stamps,oh yes in case they bring their kids to hunt too Hotels,food,gas etc.these people are getting a chance to hunt a place that is a three hr drive for them to sample some Waterfowl hunting and take back memories and maybe some Waterfowl. Now as to, catering well!We have Wm Powers Conservation area, in Chicago appox 45 mins from my home given any, weekday you can most likey get a blind you might kill some Waterfowl depending on the weather and, blind you draw.Remember one thing Gentleman we are, Sportman and should stick together to enjoy our, sport.Do not denie me and my Young Sons the chance, to enjoy a day in a blind on a State area because I cannot afford the membership in a Hunting club but, maybe with the “luck of the draw"I will be able to, enjoy a day or two of hunting in your area. I wish, only the best of luck to the Gentleman that has, been rejected from getting a blind but lets work, together on this matter believe it or not, I too, have spent money on Licenses,stamps etc to enjoy this sport.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/07 at 10:24 PM

I hunt the Duck Ranch… the DNR should have local DU clubs help maintain the area.

PAPACHARLIE:  There are plenty of areas to go hunting… Do your research, it may come down to driving a little over an hour but the view would be better and more places to hunt.  I cannot afford the membership either.  So I depend on pulbic hunting grounds.  If spot are already taken before the day even comes it ruins it.

Keep it the way it is, it’s working

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