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Fourth duck zone and 60-day season approved

July 29, 2011 at 09:25 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved Illinois’ request to add a fourth duck hunting zone.

The Fish and Wildlife Service also approved a 60-day duck season in each of the state’s newly-drawn four waterfowl hunting zones.

Canada goose hunting seasons will be 85 days long in the North and Central zones and 66 days in the South Central and South zones for the 2011-12 waterfowl season. 

The Illinois seasons for this year are based on a new five-year plan for waterfowl hunting season dates through the 2015 season. 

Illinois hunting and fishing


2011-2015 Illinois Waterfowl Zone Lines


Ducks (Including Mergansers) and Coots

North Duck Zone: That portion of the state north of a line extending west from the Indiana border along Peotone-Beecher Road to Illinois Route 50, south along Illinois Route 50 to Wilmington-Peotone Road, west along Wilmington-Peotone Road to Illinois Route 53, north along Illinois Route 53 to New River Road, northwest along New River Road to Interstate Highway 55, south along I-55 to Pine Bluff-Lorenzo Road, west along Pine Bluff-Lorenzo Road to Illinois Route 47, north along Illinois Route 47 to I-80, west along I-80 to I-39, south along I-39 to Illinois Route 18, west along Illinois Route 18 to Illinois Route 29, south along Illinois Route 29 to Illinois Route 17, west along Illinois Route 17 to the Mississippi River, and due south across the Mississippi River to the Iowa border.

Central Duck Zone: That portion of the state south of the North Duck Zone line to a line extending west from the Indiana border along I-70 to Illinois Route 4, south along Illinois Route 4 to Illinois Route 161, west along Illinois Route 161 to Illinois Route 158, south and west along Illinois Route 158 to Illinois Route 159, south along Illinois Route 159 to Illinois Route 3, south along Illinois Route 3 to St. Leo’s Road, south along St. Leo’s road to Modoc Road, west along Modoc Road to Modoc Ferry Road, southwest along Modoc Ferry Road to Levee Road, southeast along Levee Road to County Route 12 (Modoc Ferry entrance Road), south along County Route 12 to the Modoc Ferry route and southwest on the Modoc Ferry route across the Mississippi River to the Missouri border. 

South Duck Zone: That portion of the state south and east of a line extending west from the Indiana border along Interstate 70, south along U.S. Highway 45, to Illinois Route 13,  west along Illinois Route 13 to Greenbriar Road, north on Greenbriar Road to Sycamore Road, west on Sycamore Road to N. Reed Station Road, south on N. Reed Station Road to Illinois Route 13, west along Illinois Route 13 to Illinois Route 127, south along Illinois Route 127 to State Forest Road (1025 N), west along State Forest Road to Illinois Route 3, north along Illinois Route 3 to the south bank of the Big Muddy River, west along the south bank of the Big Muddy River to the Mississippi River, west across the Mississippi River to the Missouri border.

South Central Duck Zone:The remainder of the state between the south border of the Central Zone and the North border of the South Zone.


Geese

North Goose Zone:  That portion of the state north of a line extending west from the Indiana border along Interstate 80 to I-39, south along I-39 to Illinois Route 18, west along Illinois Route 18 to Illinois Route 29, south along Illinois Route 29 to Illinois Route 17, west along Illinois Route 17 to the Mississippi River, and due south across the Mississippi River to the Iowa border.

Central Goose Zone: That portion of the state south of the North Goose Zone line to a line extending west from the Indiana border along I-70 to Illinois Route 4, south along Illinois Route 4 to Illinois Route 161, west along Illinois Route 161 to Illinois Route 158, south and west along Illinois Route 158 to Illinois Route 159, south along Illinois Route 159 to Illinois Route 3, south along Illinois Route 3 to St. Leo’s Road, south along St. Leo’s road to Modoc Road, west along Modoc Road to Modoc Ferry Road, southwest along Modoc Ferry Road to Levee Road, southeast along Levee Road to County Route 12 (Modoc Ferry entrance Road), south along County Route 12 to the Modoc Ferry route and southwest on the Modoc Ferry route across the Mississippi River to the Missouri border. 

South Goose Zone:  Same zone as for ducks.

South Central Goose Zone:  Same zone as for ducks.

Approved zone map:

Illinois hunting and fishing

Zone boundary detail maps courtesy of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:


Illinois hunting and fishing

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Illinois hunting and fishing

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The zone system is a ridiculous idea and should be ended.  California doesn’t do many things right but they nailed this one.  California has no zones and allows hunters to hunt the entire state for the entire season window the Fed allows.  No zone allows hunters to hunt local birds while they’re there.  No zone allows hunters to hunt migrating birds when they arrive instead of hoping some group of government bureaucrats got the seasons right.  Migrations vary from year to year and having no zone allows the hunter to hunt when the time is right and he/she will not fall victim to the “roll of the dice”.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/01 at 08:45 AM

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/10-11-waterfowl-sum.html

Acording to the state of California, that state has even more waterfowl zones (5) then the state of IL.

So some people have no idea what they are talking about !

Waterfowl zones have been around for decades and for good reasons.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/04 at 09:49 AM

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