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Ryan Zinke signed a historic Secretarial Order today.

Tue, September 19, 2017

U.S. Department of the Interior pledges to invest in conservation and predator management on the breeding grounds to increase duck production

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed an historic Secretarial Order today that commits to the continued work of conserving wetland and upland nesting habitat through conservation easements, while also advancing predator management as a tool to increase duck production. The Order was crafted following an extensive effort to gather the input of Delta Waterfowl and a number of hunting and conservation organizations.

The Duck Hunters Organization believes that these relatively minor investments will yield exponential returns on behalf of waterfowl habitat and duck populations.

“Today’s Secretarial Order demonstrates the Trump Administration’s willingness to double down on its commitment to ducks and duck hunters,” said Dr. Frank Rohwer, president and chief scientist of Delta Waterfowl. “We are most appreciative of the bold leadership of the Secretary and President in pursuit of our shared vision for conserving America’s rich waterfowl breeding grounds, while increasing duck production through the use of intensive management.”

According to Dr. Scott Petrie, chief executive officer of Delta Waterfowl, Secretary Zinke’s Order reaffirms the link between the agency, conservation and hunters.

“The Order is proof positive that Secretary Zinke understands the importance of sustaining robust waterfowl populations, and recognizes the needs of hunters, who are the driving force behind America’s rich conservation heritage,” Petrie said. “It is vital that we conserve and manage essential wetland and grassland habitat on key breeding grounds by partnering with willing farmers and ranchers through the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service easement program. Today’s Order demonstrates the administration’s understanding of the critical role these programs will play in ensuring sustainable waterfowl habitat and populations.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Conservation Easement Program has conserved one-third of the critical wetlands in the U.S. Prairie Pothole Region and millions of acres of native grasslands via voluntary conservation easements. These easements ensure that waterfowl habitats are preserved in perpetuity while keeping the land in private ownership and allowing continued agricultural production.

“We are also extremely pleased that Secretary Zinke recognizes the utility of predator management in key areas of the breeding grounds,” Rohwer said. “Today’s Secretarial Order serves as yet another affirmation of Delta’s longstanding commitment to researching and deploying predator management for the benefit of breeding ducks. We stand by as a scientific resource for the Secretary, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service leadership and other stakeholders to continue to advance this important conversation for the benefit of enhanced duck production, and ultimately for more ducks in the fall flight for waterfowl hunters to enjoy.”

Delta’s evaluation of predator management spans more than 20 years of collaboration with universities and graduate students with field crews across the Prairie Pothole Region. Delta’s extensive research documents how and where to apply the tool for the greatest benefit to breeding ducks. In many areas of the PPR, changes in the composition and abundance of predator populations have resulted in significant declines in duck nest success, with many areas at 10 percent or less. However, Delta’s predator management research in these areas has consistently demonstrated a two- to three-fold increase in nest success — the key determinant of whether duck populations rise or fall.

“This is an exciting and historic day for ducks and duck hunters,” Rohwer said. “While a number of challenges facing ducks and duck hunters remain, the actions taken today by Secretary Zinke undoubtedly reaffirm his commitment to working with hunters and the conservation community toward our shared goal of a brighter future for waterfowl.”

For more information, contact John Devney, vice president of U.S. policy, at (701) 471-4235 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Delta Waterfowl Foundation is The Duck Hunters Organization, a leading conservation group working to produce ducks and ensure the tradition of duck hunting in North America. Visit


IDNR to Conduct Chronic Wasting Disease Public Meetings

Wed, September 13, 2017

IDNR to Conduct Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Public Informational Meetings

LENA, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has scheduled a series of public meetings to provide information about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), its effect on future deer populations, and IDNR’s efforts to control the disease.  IDNR staff will also be available to answer questions about this disease.  Landowners, hunters, and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend.  CWD is an important issue that will dominate deer management discussions in northern Illinois for many years.

Chronic Wasting Disease is an always fatal neurological disease that is threatening the long-term health of white-tailed deer in Illinois.  First documented in Illinois in 2002 near Roscoe, Illinois, CWD has been detected in 17 counties across the northern edge and northeastern portions of Illinois as far south as the Illinois River Valley.  Counties affected include Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake, Carroll, Ogle, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy, Will, Livingston, and Kankakee.

The public meetings on CWD will each begin at 7 p.m. with a 30-minute presentation and discussion to follow.  Meetings will be held as follows:
September 12 – Galena City Hall, 101 Green St., Galena, IL
September 14 – Lena Community Center, 497 Lions Dr., Lena, IL
September 26 – Illinois State Rifle Association Shooting Range, 1589 N. 7000W Rd, Bonfield, IL (approximately 7 miles west of Kankakee)
September 27 – Pontiac Sportsman’s Club, 18663 4H Park Rd, Pontiac, IL
September 28 – MCCD’s Lost Valley Visitors Center, 6316 Harts Road, Ringwood, IL
October 12 – Belvidere Community Building, 111 W. First St., Belvidere, IL


IDNR to Allocate Trapping Permits

Fri, September 08, 2017

IDNR to Allocate Trapping Permits for Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA

CHANDLERVILLE, IL – A public drawing for the allocation of trapping permits at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area will be held at Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1:30 p.m. Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the site headquarters, located approximately five miles southeast of Chandlerville.

One permit for each of the five trapping zones will be allocated through a lottery drawing.  All persons attempting to enter the drawing must be in attendance and have a current 2017 trapping license in their possession.

DP (Dog Proof) Traps, live traps, and traps of similar action may be used.  Homemade dog-proof traps must be designed with a foothold trap no larger than a #2 in an enclosed wood, metal, or durable plastic container with a single access opening of no larger than 1½ inches in diameter.  All body-gripping traps must be totally submerged.

All persons who are allocated trapping permits must obtain a free windshield card permit for the site by going online to the following web address:

Trappers will be required to report harvest/hunter/trapping trips no later than Feb. 15 each year (or two weeks after the season closes for those seasons ending after Feb. 1).  Failure to report in this manner will result in forfeiture of hunting/trapping privileges at this site for the following year.

For more information, contact Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area at 217-452-7741.


Lake Shelbyville Dove Hunt Applications Available

Fri, August 11, 2017

Lake Shelbyville Dove Hunt Applications Available

Lake Shelbyville - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville will be conducting a dove hunt on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Whitley Creek
and South Sand Creek Dove Fields. On September 2, two hunts will take place,
one in the morning (6:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.) and one in the afternoon (2 p.m.
- 7 p.m.). A permit is required to participate in the hunt. Permit
applications can be picked up at the Lake Shelbyville Project Office Monday
through Friday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., or obtained online at

Applicants will be able to indicate their preference for the hunt (a.m.,
p.m., or either).  Permit applications must be received at the Lake
Shelbyville Project Office no later than 4 p.m. on August 14, 2017.  A
$30.00 permit issuance fee will be assessed per blind (good for two
hunters), payable at the time of application.  Each successful youth
applicant may choose to pay the $30.00 fee or make a donation of 10
nonperishable food items on the day of the hunt.  The non-perishable food
items will be donated to a local food bank. One permit will allow two
hunters the use of a designated hunting blind.  The public drawing for
permits will take place on August 15, 2017 at 8 a.m. at the Lake Shelbyville
Project Office.  Applicants do not have to be present for the drawing;
successful applicants will be notified by phone no later than August 18th.
Hunting blinds for both hunts will be drawn at the field before each hunt on
September 2.

The youth hunt is limited to children sixteen years old and under.  A
hunting assistant who is a parent, legal guardian, or family member of at
least eighteen years of age must accompany each youth.  The hunting
assistant will be able to hunt with the youth they accompany.  Youth hunters
and their guardians will only be allowed to hunt one of the time slots to
ensure maximum amount of participation. 

Whitley Creek and South Sand Creek Dove Fields will be closed to all hunting
on September 1st.  Beginning September 3rd, and throughout the remainder of
the 2017 dove season, hunting will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Hunting will only be allowed from designated blinds and statewide shooting
hours will be in effect (sunrise to sunset).  For additional information
concerning dove hunting at Lake Shelbyville, contact Natural Resource
Specialist Cory Donnel at (217) 774-3951 Ext: 7001.


Moist-soil Wetland & Waterfowl Management Workshop

Thu, August 10, 2017

• Date and time: 26 August 2017, 8:30-1:00 Location: Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge (Main Office)

Wetland site visits followed by presentations on hunting strategies, wetland management, & cost-share programs

• Lunch will be provided during workshop

Please RSVP to Brian Hidden by August 11th to reserve a seat (217) 557-3450 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Fishing Report

Thu, August 10, 2017

Lake level is 604.2. Water is quite clear (for MTL). Water temp is about 80 degree’s. It has cooled considerably with this cooler weather we have been enjoying.

CRAPPIE: Lots of fish being caught right now. Most of them are in the 9 to 11 inch range. Plenty of people are limiting out. Find brush piles in 10 to 20 FOW or bridge piers, or even blowdowns. In shallower water you can find them near the bottom. Pink seems to be a good color choice whether mixed with black or white. Chartreuse will work as well. Don’t forget to add a nibble. Minnows are working well also.

BASS: There are some white bass hitting on the points and islands. Watch for the shad busting. Largemouth seem to be a bit tough right now.

CATFISH: Plenty of channel cats to be caught. Blues and flatheads are still pretty tough, though there are some being caught. I heard of both flatheads and blues in the 25# range over the past few days.


Civil War and CADA September 2017 Press Release

Fri, August 04, 2017

National Chicago Civil War & Military Show
Collector Arms Dealers Association Show & Sale

For Immediate Release:
Wheaton, Illinois – September 23, the DuPage County Fairgrounds (A Chicago Suburb) will host Zurko’s Midwest Promotions – Semi- Annual NATIONAL CIVIL WAR – MILITARY and C.A.D.A. (Collector Arms Dealers Association) Show & Sale Now billed as – THE “CHICAGO-SHOW”, it is one of the largest and finest for high quality and diversity in the Midwest or anywhere!

Collector’s from the United States, Europe and even Japan will again on this semi-annual event to buy, sell and trade cherished Historical Artifacts, Vintage Militaria, and a variety of Collector Arms.

Now housed in 2 – buildings with over 400 tables of treasures; THE “CHICAGO-SHOW” offers a wide selection of vintage & collector guns, medieval to military swords, Bowie knives, Revolutionary War artifacts, Indian & fur trader collectibles, historical autograph and paintings, rare books, military medals, old bottles, tin types, civil war era jewelry, and much, much more.

Associations will be represented such as, Bowie Knife Collectors Association, Salt Creek Civil War Round Table, Garibaldi Guard, P.H. Sherman Camp 2, Camp Douglas, Illinois Rifle Association, Pine Valley Club, Submarine Veterans Memorial, Antique Bottle Collector Association and the NRA-ISRA.

Robert Zurko promoter of this special National Event stated: THE “CHICAGO-SHOW” is ideally located in the Midwest; as dealers & collectors can easily drive or fly to the show.  As the show continues to grow; an additional building will be available for expansion so dealers do not have to be put on a waiting-list, again!!

The next massive sale is SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2017.  Show hours are 9am to 4pm for only $9.00 for BOTH shows.  Early buyers can get in at 8am for $25.00.  Collectors are urged to come early, and plan to spend the day as buying is brisk and it takes hours to view the vast selection of treasures!

For additional information contact: Zurko Midwest Promotions, 115 E. Division St, Shawano, Wisconsin 54166. Phone 715-526-9769, web-site or


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