IDNR August Newsbits

August 6, 2014

Highlighting IDNR programs and upcoming events for the month of August

Grand American: The World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta is the venue for the 115th Amateur Trapshooting Association Grand American Trapshooting Championships, Aug. 6-16. For more information on this premier shooting sports event, go to the ATA website at


Visit Conservation World: Enjoy free youth and family entertainment and activities at Conservation World during the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 8-17 in Springfield. Kids can try to catch a fish or practice their skills at the BB and archery ranges. Visitors will find plenty to do, and a shady place to sit on a park bench and relax while visiting Conservation World – open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each weekday and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. each weekend day of the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 8-17.


Firearm Deer Permits: Permit applications will be accepted from Aug. 12 through Sept. 8 for random daily drawings for 2014 Illinois firearm and muzzleloader deer permits. For details, check the IDNR website at

Hunters can check on the status of their firearm deer permit application in the first and second lottery drawings at this link:


Super Saturdays:  The Illinois State Museum’s Super Saturday program on Aug. 9 is ‘Sharktacular.’ Millions of years ago, our state was covered by a shallow sea teaming with sharks.  Activities for children ages 3 to 8 will help them learn more about these ancient animals, and how they are related to sharks of today.  The Super Saturdays program is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 9, and it is free for children and families.  For more information, phone 217-782-6044.  The Illinois State Museum is located in the State Capitol Complex in Springfield.


Buggy Night: Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown is hosting a new family program on Saturday night, Aug. 9 at 8:00 p.m. “Buggy Nights” will explore what bugs are active at night. Bug enthusiast Jim Wiker will demonstrate how to attract an array of bugs and instruct participants on how to identify them.  The program is free, and will be a great family and Scout troop activity.  The Dickson Mounds Museum is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day.  For more information call 309-547-3721.