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Waterfowl hunters will have input
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[MAY 4, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Members of the advisory board of the Department of Natural Resources will conduct public meetings to gather comments from waterfowl hunters prior to making recommendations for the 2004-2005 seasons. The announcement was made recently by Joel Brunsvold, department director.

"Waterfowl hunters are very passionate about their sport. These meetings are an opportunity for them to share their views regarding season dates and other related issues. We want to hear about their experiences this past season and their expectations for the upcoming season," Brunsvold said. "Our goal is hear from a broad base of our constituency so that we are able to provide the best hunting opportunities possible."

Brunsvold said the meetings will be conducted by a subcommittee of the Natural Resources Advisory Board and chaired by board member George Camille, a lifelong waterfowl hunter.

"We will be gathering information from waterfowl hunters and making a report to the entire board. As a board, we want to be able to make the best recommendation that we can to Director Brunsvold," Camille said. "The board is a citizens' committee. Listening to the constituents is an important part of our role. This is a great opportunity for Illinoisans to express their views, and I hope hunters around Illinois take advantage of it."

Board members will listen to staff recommendations from the Department of Natural Resources and facilitate public input at one public meeting in each zone. The focus of each meeting will be waterfowl topics specific to the zone where the meeting is conducted. Primary topics will include duck and goose season dates for the 2004-05 hunting season.

 

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There will be a meeting in each zone. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and are scheduled as follows:

  • South Zone: Aug. 10 at the Mount Vernon Holiday Inn
  • Central Zone: Aug 11 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield
  • North Zone: Aug. 12 at the Best Western in DeKalb

Comments received at the public meetings, as well as public comments received by board members and the department, along with staff recommendations, will be shared by the full Natural Resources Advisory Board at a meeting scheduled for Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. The full board is expected to discuss the subcommittee's recommendations and vote on their final recommendations to Brunsvold.

The Natural Resources Advisory Board has 13 members appointed by the governor. The board recommends hunting season dates and bag limits and also provides an avenue for public comment regarding natural resource topics at public meetings conducted quarterly across the state.

[Illinois Department of Natural Resources
news release]

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