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Applications Available for Lake Shelbyville Deer Hunt

Thu, March 01, 2018

Lake Shelbyville - The 29th Annual Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities,
hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Wolf Creek State Park will be
held November 16 through November 18, 2018.  Applications are available for
pickup at the Lake Shelbyville Project Office, online at or ma,il by contacting the
Environmental Stewardship Department at 217-774-3951 Ext. 7049. 

Applicants must possess a state-issued disabled person identification card
or a disabled veteran identification card.  This year, 10 spots will be held
for Wounded Warriors.  All disabled veterans wounded in combat are
encouraged to apply.  Applications must be submitted by March 30, 2018 to
the Lake Shelbyville Project Office, 1989 State HWY 16, Shelbyville, IL
On April 2, 2018, 25 applicants will be selected by drawing to participate
in the hunt during the first Illinois firearm season.  Previous hunter
participants have enjoyed morning and afternoon hunts from ground blinds and
elevated stands, catered meals, and free lodging. Over the past five years,
average success rates per year are near 70 percent. 

Without the help of the Whitetails Unlimited Chapter Area 51, the Lake
Volunteers Association, the IDNR and numerous volunteers this event would
not be possible.  Last year, volunteers performed nearly 300 hours of
service to help make the hunt a successful experience for individuals that
might not get this type of hunting opportunity anywhere else.  Some of the
tasks carried out by volunteers included getting hunters to and from their
blinds, carrying the hunter’s gear, handling harvested deer, and setting up
meals.  For further information on this event, or if you would like to
volunteer for this event, please contact Park Ranger Cory Donnel at
(217)774-3951 Ext. 7001 or via email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Fatal deer disease confirmed in Wayne County

Thu, February 22, 2018

A hunter harvested adult doe taken in southeast Wayne County during the first shotgun deer season has tested positive for the presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD). This is the first hunter harvested wild deer outside of northeast Iowa to test positive for the always fatal disease.

The deer was shot on Dec. 5.

“We contacted the hunter once it was confirmed,” said Terry Haindfield, wildlife biologist and coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources chronic wasting disease monitoring effort. “The test results are disappointing but not surprising. We are seeing an increasing number of CWD positive deer in northeast Iowa and from our neighboring states.”

Haindfield said there have been seven additional CWD positive tests so far from deer in northeast Iowa that came from the 2017 seasons – six in Allamakee County and one in Clayton County. The Iowa DNR is awaiting the final set of test results from the special collection in Allamakee and Clayton counties in January.

“We will set up a meeting in Wayne County to discuss what this means for local hunters and landowners and listen to their concerns and together we will form a plan to try to prevent or contain this from getting a solid foothold,” he said.

Chronic wasting disease is a neurologic disease of deer and elk, belonging to the family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) or prion diseases. Though it shares certain features with other TSEs like bovine spongiform encephalopathy (“Mad Cow Disease”) or scrapie in sheep, it is a distinct disease apparently affecting only deer, moose and elk. It is always fatal.

The disease first appeared in the wild deer herd in 2013 and each year since, the Iowa DNR has placed extra emphasis on tracking the movement and attempting to stop or slow the disease with the cooperation of successful hunters.


Bond Finishes 4th in the Nation at Archery Nations

Wed, February 21, 2018

HARRISBURG, Ill. (Feb. 16, 2018)—Competing for the first time in the US Collegiate Archery Association’s (USCAA) National Intercollegiate Indoor Archery Championships held on Feb. 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Southeastern Illinois College’s Eli Bond missed advancing to the gold medal round by just one point.

Bond, from Thompsonville, Illinois, started the day in 7th place. In the quarterfinals of the championship round, he defeated Aaron Adams, the #2 ranked indoor archer in the nation from University of the Cumberlands. From there, Bond advanced to the semifinal round against Lewis Boyd from Liberty University.

After losing to Boyd by a single point, Bond went to the bronze medal round against Caleb Dixon from University of the Cumberlands, where they found themselves in a tie after regulation play. In a best arrow tiebreaker, Bond finished the tournament in 4th place. Boyd went on to win the gold medal.

Bond’s 4th place national ranking by USCAA in indoor archery stands alongside his #1 ranking in 3D archery by USA Archery. He will begin his 2018 3D archery season later this month at the Archery Shooters Association (ASA) Pro-Am competition in Foley, Alabama.

For more information on SIC’s archery program and Indoor Archery Center, visit or contact head coach Alli Armstrong at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (618) 252-5400, ext. 2104.

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DNR confirms Altoona location as site for Feb. 21 listening session

Tue, February 20, 2018

Des Moines - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the Hy-Vee store in Altoona as the final location for the wildlife rules public meeting on February 21. The meeting provides a setting for the DNR to listen to the public’s thoughts on hunting and trapping regulations for this fall.

These meetings are part of the process for making rules in state government. The meeting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

“Any rule changes must be discussed with Iowa’s citizens who might be impacted by the changes before the rule changes are proposed. The process helps ensure that rule changes serve the public’s wishes and do not impact Iowa’s economy,” said Todd Bishop, chief of the wildlife bureau.

At each meeting DNR staff will facilitate a discussion about what went well last fall, what didn’t, and what changes hunters and trappers would like to see for this fall.

These discussions along with the data that the wildlife bureau collects on harvest and population numbers will be used to develop recommendations for any rule changes. Any changes must be approved by the Natural Resource Commission and then go back to the public for further comment before taking effect next fall.

Meetings will be held in Altoona, Atlantic, Boone, Burlington, Calmar, Chariton, Council Bluffs, Creston, DeWitt, Knoxville, Lake View, Ottumwa, Peosta, Sheldon, Solon, Spencer, Tripoli and Ventura. 

Complete locations are available online at

Any person attending the public meeting and has special requirements such as those related to mobility or hearing impairments should contact the DNR or ADA Coordinator at 515-725-8200, Relay Iowa TTY Service 800-735-7942, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), and advise of specific needs.

Feb. 21 wildlife listening session locations

Altoona, Hy-Vee, 108 Eighth Street SW
Atlantic, Iowa DNR office, 1401 Sunnyside Lane
Boone, Iowa DNR research station, 1436 255th Street  
Burlington, Public Library, 210 Court St.
Calmar, Northeast Iowa Community College Dairy Education Center, 1527 Hwy. 150 South, Site #1793 in Room 114
Chariton, Iowa DNR research station, Red Haw State Park, 24570 Hwy. 34 (White building at the Red Hawk Lake Dam)
Council Bluffs, Fish and Game Club, 531 Comanche Street
Creston, Southwestern Community College, 1501 West Townline, Room 180
DeWitt, Central High School, Room 311 (near the auditorium)
Knoxville, Red Rock Army Corps of Engineers headquarters, 1105 N Hwy. T15
Lake View, Iowa DNR wildlife office, 116 South State Road
Ottumwa, Ottumwa High School, 501 Second St E, Room 157
Peosta, Northeast Iowa Community College, 8342 NICC Drive, Room 203
Sheldon, Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 W Park Street, Building H, Room 519
Solon, Middle School, 1775 Racine Ave. NE, Media Center
Spencer, Iowa Lakes Community College - Spencer Campus, 1900 Grand Ave., Room 108B
Tripoli, Tripoli High School, 209 Eighth Ave SW, ICN Room
Ventura, Iowa DNR wildlife office, 15326 Balsam Ave.


Eagle Watch Event at the Case-Halstead Library

Sat, February 03, 2018

At 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., the World Bird Sanctuary will present “All About Eagles” and will bring a bald eagle to demonstrate the majestic flight and nature of this beautiful bird.  Everyone attending the event will have the opportunity to make an eagle craft and observe replicas of a bald eagle skull, talons and feathers to get a better understanding of the bird. Participants can also pick up a map at the library during the event and drive to various viewing locations at the lake. Park Rangers and volunteers will be on top the main dam and at the General Dean Recreation Area with spotting scopes to assist and answer questions. Everyone is encouraged to bring binoculars and dress accordingly for the weather.

If you have any questions about the event, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Firewood Cutting Opportunity at Carlyle Lake

Thu, February 01, 2018

Permits will be available at the Carlyle Lake Project Office from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. beginning February 5, 2018.  A total of 10 permits will be issued on a first come first serve basis and there is no charge.  All permit holders will be limited to two cords of firewood which may not be used for commercial use or resale. Trees will be located throughout the campground and vehicle access will be limited to paved surfaces only.  Cutting dates will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday’s and Saturday’s beginning February 9th. 

For more information on Carlyle Lake, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Controlled Pheasant Seasons Extended

Mon, January 15, 2018

The three sites with additional controlled pheasant hunting are Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area in Clinton County, Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in Cass County, and Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area in Franklin and Jefferson Counties.  The controlled pheasant hunting season at each site has been extended through January 28.

Hunters are encouraged to use the online Controlled Pheasant Hunting Reservation System at to obtain permits for these additional hunt dates.  Reserved permits ensure hunters will have the opportunity to hunt.  Hunters using reserved permits also ensure that site staff on these sites can release two pheasants per hunter each day, which is the Department’s objective for pheasants released on each hunt date.  Standby permits are also available at the sites, although standby hunting opportunities may be limited or unavailable if the hunter quota for a hunt date is filled by reserved permit hunters.

To access the reservation system:
1. Click on “Hunt/Trap” on the toolbar on the IDNR Home Page
2. Then click on “Upland Game”
3. Then click on “Controlled Pheasant Hunting Permits, Hunting Areas, Regs, etc.” under the “Licenses and permits” heading

Hunters are reminded that the daily permit fee for controlled pheasant hunting is $30 for resident hunters and $35 for nonresident hunters.  The daily permit fee applies to each hunter.  Reserved Permits are paid for via credit card during the application process.  Completing a permit reservation online can be accomplished as late as 24 hours before an available hunt date, and securing a permit takes less than five minutes.  Standby hunters pay daily permit fees at the site hunter check station on the hunt date.  Standby hunters need to be prepared to pay permit fees with cash.


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