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Non-toxic Shot Requirements in Effect at Additional Illinois Hunting Sites

Fri, August 31, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, IL – As they head to the field this fall, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) reminds hunters of new requirements for use of non-toxic shot at a number of IDNR sites for dove, controlled pheasant, and upland game hunting, effective for the 2018-19 season.

Many IDNR sites have required use of non-toxic shot in recent years. Lead shot has been banned for waterfowl hunting by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1991. Non-toxic shot is required for use at all IDNR sites for hunting waterfowl, coots, snipe, and rail.

The 2018-19 Illinois Dove Hunting Season opens on Sept. 1. IDNR is implementing the required use of non-toxic shot during dove hunting season at these IDNR sites this year:

Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area (SFWA);
Copperhead Hollow SFWA;
Crawford County SFWA;
Dixon Springs State Park;
Edward R. Madigan SFWA;
Harry Babe Woodyard State Natural Area (SNA);
Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA;
Kickapoo SRA;
Lake Le-Aqua-Na SRA;
Middle Fork SFWA;
Pere Marquette State Park;
Ramsey Lake State Park;
Ray Norbut SFWA;
Shelbyville SFWA;
Siloam Springs State Park;
Siloam Springs SP/Buckhorn Unit;
Weinberg-King State Park. 
IDNR is implementing the required use of non-toxic shot for Controlled Pheasant Hunting at five additional sites this year:

Des Plaines SFWA;
Horseshoe Lake State Park (Madison Co);
Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA;
Silver Springs SFWA;
Mackinaw River SFWA.

IDNR is also implement the required use of non-toxic shot for Upland Hunting seasons at a number of additional sites this year:   

Anderson Lake SFWA;
Banner Marsh SFWA;
Big Bend SNA;
Bradford Pheasant Habitat Area (PHA);
Crawford Co. SFWA;
Cretaceous Hills SNA;
Double T SFWA;
Horseshoe Lake State Park (Madison Co.);
Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA;
Mackinaw SFWA;
Marshall SFWA;
Mautino SFWA;
Sam Parr SFWA;
Sand Ridge State Forest/Sparks Pond and Rollo;
Sanganois SFWA;
Victoria PHA;
Whitefield PHA. 

IDNR reminds hunters to check Hunter Fact Sheets posted on the IDNR website for information on site-specific hunting season information and regulations, as other sites not listed above require non-toxic shot:

Additional information on hunting regulations in Illinois can be found in the Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations 2018-2019:


This is total B.S. I could understand if shooting over water or around water. Next will be blaze orange while hunting doves.

Posted by WhitetailFreak on September 03

DesPlaines has two trap ranges in those same fields that are hunted, a lot of lead dropped in there from that - will that be steel next?

Posted by BIGPOND on September 04

Why do we bend over backwards to appease those that only wish to destroy US ???  Those that cave in to this type of BS are not helping matters, and the spineless animals should grow a pair. Tell the IDNR to go hunt their own dam doves.


Posted by Ringtailtrapper on September 10

When DNR submitted this rule change, they are supposed to list any studies that support their proposal. They listed “none” in that section. The truth is studies were done, but the results did not show lead levels that were above thresholds that would justify the change.

This is just another case of the upper levels of the Wildlife Division “feeling” they know the right thing, even though there is an absence of scientific data to back them up.

Posted by The Colonel on September 13

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