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Mushroom hunters must give turkey hunters space

April 03, 2012 at 09:38 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

From the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:

Illinois state parks and other state-managed areas that offer turkey hunting are closed to mushroom collecting and other activities from sunrise until 1 p.m. daily during the spring turkey season.

The turkey hunting area restrictions are in place for the safety of site visitors and hunters.

Mushrooms:  No license is required for mushroom collecting in Illinois, although collectors always need landowner permission and, on public sites, must adhere to approved collecting regulations and hours. 

Collection of mushrooms is allowed in many DNR state parks and recreation areas, but it is prohibited in any area designated as a dedicated nature preserve. 

Turkey hunting restrictions will apply until the close of the wild turkey hunting seasons on May 10 in the Southern Zone and May 17 in the Northern Zone. 

Mushroom hunters are urged to call ahead to the state site they intend to visit to learn of any site-specific regulations regarding mushroom collecting.

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