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Lake Shelbyville youth deer hunt

September 03, 2009 at 03:24 PM

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville will host a managed youth deer hunt in closed recreation areas during Illinois’ youth firearm deer season, Oct. 10-11.

This will be the first year the Corps has offered a managed youth hunt. Last year, the Lake Shelbyville Project was open for the Illinois youth firearm deer season. This allowed youth hunters to hunt the lake by purchasing a Shelby or Moultrie County permit.  This opportunity is still available in addition to the managed hunt.

The hunt will be modeled after the Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities hosted by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Wolf Creek State Park. Like the Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities, participants will enjoy a deer-camp atmosphere at Okaw Bluff Group Camp frame house. Lodging and meals will be provided. Youth hunters will hunt established blind and stand locations in closed recreation areas in either Shelby or Moultrie County and be assisted with the care of their harvest. 

Participants in the annual disabled hunt have had a harvest success rate of 83 percent over the last three years.       

To participate, the youth must be an Illinois resident less than 16 years old on Oct. 10, 2009, be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or legal guardian, obtain either an Illinois hunting license or a resident apprentice license, and purchase a 2009 Illinois youth deer permit for $10.00 at any over-the-counter licensed vendor. In addition, either the youth OR their parent or legal guardian must have and possess an Illinois State Police Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) Card.  A State habitat stamp is not required if you are under 16.

A total of 10 participants will be drawn to participate in this year’s hunt. In lieu of a fee, participants will be asked to bring a donation of nonperishable food items to the hunt.  Food items collected will be donated to a local food bank. 

Applications can be picked up at the Lake Shelbyville Project Office or by clicking here. For further information, you may contact Natural Resource Specialist Cory Donnel at (217) 774-3951.

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