IDNR Newsbits – March 2017

March 8, 2017

New License Year Begins April 1: Illinois fishing, hunting and sportsman’s combination licenses and stamps for 2017 are available from DNR Direct license and permit vendors, online through the IDNR website at or by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). The 2017 licenses and stamps are valid through March 31, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Two Weekends for Spring Youth Turkey: New for 2017, the Illinois Spring Youth Turkey Season is open two weekends in both the South and North zones – March 25-26 and April 1-2. Spring Youth Turkey Season County Permits will available over-the-counter from IDNR license/permit vendors beginning March 7. For information on spring turkey hunting, check the IDNR website at

Spring Turkey Applications: Hunters may apply for the fourth lottery for 2017 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits online through March 9. Go to the IDNR website for more information at this link:

Fishing Information Booklet: The 2017 Illinois Fishing Information guide is available at many IDNR license and permit vendor locations, and in PDF format online at this link:
Regulations in the guide are effective April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. A reminder to anglers, and would-be anglers, that Illinois Free Fishing Days for 2017 will again be during the Father’s Day weekend — June 16-19.

Hunter and Boating Safety Education Courses: Register now for Hunter Safety Education and Boating Safety Education courses from the IDNR. Spring classes are underway. Check the IDNR website for class dates and locations. The website link for all IDNR Safety Education course information is

Spring Trout Season Opens April 1: The 2017 Spring Trout Fishing Season in Illinois opens at 5 a.m. on Sat., April 1. The catchable trout program is made possible through the purchases of inland trout stamps by those anglers who participate. Unless exempt, anglers must have a valid Illinois fishing license and an inland trout stamp to legally possess trout. Catch-and-release fly fishing for trout will open at nine locations on March 18. Go to this link for details on spring trout fishing locations:

Camping Reservations: Make your reservations now for campsites and shelters for many IDNR sites for 2017. Reservations can be made online through the Reserve America website at using a Visa or MasterCard. For more information, check the IDNR website: