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Spunky Bottoms, Emiquon opening to waterfowl hunting

November 26, 2010 at 03:02 AM

The Nature Conservancy

Limited Waterfowl Hunting to Begin at The Nature Conservancy’s Merwin Preserve at Spunky Bottoms and Emiquon Preserve

WHAT: The Nature Conservancy announced today it will allow public waterfowl hunting at its Merwin Preserve at Spunky Bottoms and Emiquon Preserve. Fishing will not be allowed during hunting hours. The Merwin Preserve at Spunky Bottoms is located eight miles northwest of Meredosia in Brown County and the Emiquon Preserve is located six miles southeast of Lewistown in Fulton County. All hunters must provide proof of a valid hunting license and waterfowl stamps to be included in the drawing and/or hunting.  All hunters must sign a hunter permit/liability waiver and hunters under 18 years of age must also have a hunter permit/liability waiver signed by their legal parent or guardian and be accompanied by a responsible adult. There will be no fee charged this year for waterfowl hunting at the Emiquon Preserve or Merwin Preserve.

WHEN: These two preserves will be open to the public for waterfowl hunting on a limited basis until noon every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Oct. 30 to Dec. 28.  Drawings at each site will be held promptly at 5:15 a.m. on hunting days—at Merwin in the Conservancy’s large white machine shed just east of County Road 12 (also known as Lagrange Locks Road) approximately one-half mile south of Township Road 500. 
Drawings for Emiquon will be held at Dickson Mounds Museum’s Eveland Village Site (http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/dickson). The Museum is located at 10956 North Dickson Mounds Museum Road near Lewistown, Illinois 61542.  After entering the main entrance, take the first left to the parking area for the Eveland Village Site. 
There are no advance drawings or reservations. Participants must register for each day’s drawing between 5:00 a.m. and 5:15 a.m.

WHY: Sustainable hunting opportunities are offered as a public service and to share some of the many multiple-use benefits provided by restored wetlands. The Nature Conservancy is restoring and managing these preserves as part of an effort to conserve the plant and animal communities of the Illinois River system. The Illinois River Valley is a major stopover site for migrating waterfowl in the Midwest.

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