Pick up the phone duck hunters

September 30, 2007 at 11:04 AM

Illinois duck hunters should warm up the speed dial on their phones for this week.

Starting Monday, permits will be allocated for public waterfowl blinds at Lake Shelbyville. And on Tuesday, some hunters will be able to receive permits for state-owned sites like Banner Marsh, Spring Lake, Snakeden Hollow, Sangchris Lake, Union County and Horseshoe Lake. Here are details.

State duck sites

Remaining permits will be allocated to unsuccessful applicants, non-residents and anyone who has not already applied for a permit starting Tuesday for the following public duck hunting areas: Spring Lake, Banner Marsh, Sangchris Lake.

Call (217) 524-6514 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can receive one permit. Starting Oct. 11 you can call in for a second permit.

Permits entitle you to use of a blind for one day for a $10 fee per hunter.

State goose sites

Remaining permits will be allocated to unsuccessful applicants, non-residents and anyone who has not already applied for a permit starting Tuesday for the following public goose hunting areas: Union County, Snakeden Hollow and Horseshoe Lake.

Call (217) 524-6514 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can receive one permit. Starting Oct. 11 you can call in for a second permit.

Permits entitle you to use of a blind for one day for a $15 fee per hunter. That may change next year at Union County and at Horseshoe Lake according to state waterfowl biologist Ray Marshalla. Union County and Horseshoe Lake may be designated as duck areas starting next year. If the change goes through that means hunters would only have to pay $10 per person to use a blind.

“They are killing a lot more ducks than geese at those sites and people are actually going there to hunt ducks and not geese,” Marshalla said.

Okaw Wetlands

Nine blinds are available at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sites around Lake Shelbyville. Hunters must have a permit to use the blinds. Those permits will be allocated starting Monday at 9 a.m. by calling (217) 774-3867. Calls are taken Mondays through Fridays from 9-11 a.m. only.

Hunters are allowed to secure one permit during the period Oct. 1–12. Beginning Oct. 15, hunters may secure up to one additional reservation per week for the remainder of the waterfowl season.

Reservations must be made at least 10 days in advance of the intended hunt date!

When making a reservation, hunters may choose which numbered blind they want to hunt, depending on current availability. Blind numbers 2 and 3 are located in the Bruce Wetland; blind numbers 4, 5, 6 and 10 are located in the Okaw Wetland; and blind numbers 7, 8 and 9 are located in the Sullivan Wetland. Blind number 3 is designed for hunters with disabilities.

A $30 non-refundable permit issuance fee will be assessed and collected. Credit cards are preferred.

Permit will allow a maximum of three people, two hunters and one observer, in the blind for a two-day period. Permits are non-transferable.