Central Illinois youth goose hunt deadline nears

December 02, 2009 at 07:24 AM

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Youth interested in a goose hunting experience during the holiday break are encouraged to register for the 10th annual Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on Dec. 27-28.  The youth goose hunt will be held at private waterfowl hunting clubs in Peoria, Fulton and Knox counties.

“The Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt is a terrific way for youth to experience the fun of waterfowl hunting while they have a few days off from school during the holiday season,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller.  “We have made getting young people outdoors a key priority.  The kids and the adults who accompany them to the youth goose hunt will have a great time.”                                                                                             

Young people interested in the hunt must phone in (217/785-8060) to register for a lottery drawing since space for the hunt is limited.  The deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 11.  The lottery drawing will be conducted on Monday, Dec. 14 and youth hunters selected will be notified by mail.  First-time applicants will be given a priority over previous participants in the drawing.

The hunt is open to youngsters ages 10-15 at the time of the hunt.  All applicants must have successfully completed a hunter safety education course, possess a valid Illinois hunting or sportsman’s license, have a Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number, and have a 20 gauge or larger shotgun. Youth hunt participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must possess a valid firearm owner’s identification (FOID) card.

To register for the hunt or for more information, call 217/785-8060 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Raffle tickets are available to support the Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt, as well as youth waterfowl hunts throughout the state. Only 500 tickets will be sold at $10 each to benefit the youth hunts. Prizes available include a shotgun and a Lifetime Hunting License (which is transferable).  Raffle winners will be drawn at the Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt banquet on Dec. 27. Raffle participants need not be present to win. For tickets or information, call 217/785-8060.