IDNR Recommends Dates for Waterfowl Season

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, based on scientific evidence gathered from aerial duck surveys, climate, and hunter survey data, has established the range of dates to be considered for the 2005-2006 waterfowl season. These dates will be forward for consideration by the Natural Resources Advisory Board, which will give the director their recommendations after their upcoming public meeting.

“We are presenting the NRAB with a range of dates that are most advantageous, based on research and study by IDNR biologists,” said Director Joel Brunsvold. “NRAB will now recommend the dates within our range, based on social issues.”

The NRAB is responsible for taking social issues into consideration in setting dates. Contributing factors include the shotgun deer season, the Thanksgiving holiday, which day of the week is considered ideal for beginning the season, traditional dates used in the past, hunter preferences toward season dates, relationship of duck season to Canada goose season, and other issues.

Hunters are invited to attend this meeting to bring their recommendations to the Board. Public comment will be limited to three minutes per speaker. The meeting will be held at the Northfield Inn in Springfield on August 15.

The range of dates that the Department recommended for the opening date of the 60-day duck season by zone is:

North Zone: October 15 – October 22

Central Zone: October 22 – October 29

South Zone: November 12 – November 24

The Youth Waterfowl Season and Canada goose seasons would be set in relationship to the duck season dates.