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Illinois hunting and fishing

Hopeful hunters turn out for duck blind drawing

August 01, 2011 at 07:54 PM

Prairie State Outdoors


The annual duck blind drawing at the Sanganois State Fish and Wildlife Area near Chandlerville drew a big crowd of hopeful hunters Sunday.

Hunters were hoping to win one of about 70 duck blind locations at the popular public hunting area sandwiched between the Sangamon and Illinois Rivers.

“I think there’s every bit of 1,500 to 1,600 people here,” said Bo Arnold, president of the Friends of Sanganois, a group of waterfowl hunters that support the site and the public hunting opportunity it provides.

“The drawing itself is a social event for outdoorsmen – duck hunters in general,” said site superintendent Doug Jallas. “Everybody loves to come out to socialize.

They get excited about the upcoming hunting season,” he said. “They get to have big cookouts, and it is just a wonderful get-together.”

The Sanganois blind drawing is described in the Friends newsletter as a family reunion of waterfowl hunters.

Similar events are held up and down the Illinois River at state sites open for waterfowl hunting.

Participants gather well in advance of the 2 p.m. start time to cookout, visit vendor displays and visit with fellow hunters and their families.

The weather, as it has been for most of July, was in the 90s.

Waterfowl hunters were undeterred.

“These are duck hunters,” Arnold said. “This is just a warm-up for teal season.”

 

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Blind numbers are covered with tape after each one is chosen.

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Bo Arnold, president of Friends of Sanganois says good-bye to his grandson Carter Arnold at the end of Sunday’s event.

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