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home : outdoors : outdoors   February 5, 2016

7/9/2014 5:03:00 PM
New state parks guide, upcoming events and more
NT Staff

Illinois Department of Natural Resources has released its new edition of the Illinois State Parks Guide — a resource for information on visiting a state park, fish and wildlife area, recreation area, or other DNR site.

The Illinois State Parks guide is posted on the IDNR website in PDF format at

To order a free copy of the booklet, visit the IDNR publications webpage and look for “State Parks Magazine” at

Dates to note:

July 14-19, Scholastic Clay Target Program National Team Championships and the Scholastic Pistol Program Junior/Senior Championships, World Shooting and Recreational Complex, Sparta,

July 16, deadline for second lottery for Illinois Free Dove Hunting Permits. Online applications:

July 19-20, Directors Shoot/Innerloc State Bowfishing Championships, Starved Rock State Park, 5 a.m.-2 p.m. July 19; 8 p.m. July 19-5 a.m. July 20. For registration and more information, contact BAI President Ed Devries at

July 19-20, Oregon Trail Days Festival celebrates the region’s Native American heritage, highlighted by Lorado Taft’s Eternal Indian statute, a Rock River bluff landmark at Lowden State Park that was dedicated in July 1911. Proceeds from the festival will assist in the restoration of the iconic statue. The $7-per-person entry fee includes parking (children 6 and under admitted free). Details:

July 25, 1:30 p.m., Natural Resources Advisory Board meeting. Agenda items include wildlife management updates, grant program information, the Illinois Conservation Foundation’s Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center, and an off-highway vehicle trails update. The meeting is open to the public. More information: (217) 785-0075.

July 30-Aug. 25, Opportunityto apply for remaining free dove hunting permits on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on dove hunting permit areas and free dove permits, check the IDNR website at

Aug. 6-16: Grand American — Amateur Trapshooting Association’s world trapshooting championships, World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta. (

Aug. 8-17, Conservation World open at the Illinois State Fair,Springfield.

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