2020 Licenses Now Available: Illinois fishing, hunting
and sportsman combination licenses for 2020 are now available
from DNR Direct license and permit vendors throughout Illinois,
or online through the IDNR website at
The new license year in Illinois begins April 1, with 2020
licenses valid through March 31, 2021.
Illinois Bobcat Harvest: The 2019-2020 Illinois Bobcat
Season ended Feb. 15, 2020 with 335 bobcat permits filled. The
bobcat harvest was 306 (the same as during the 2018-2019 season)
and there were an additional 29 roadkill bobcats salvaged by
permit holders. There were 1,000 permits issued for the season.
The percentage of bobcats taken by hunting was 45 percent and
trapping accounted for 46 percent (the remainder were salvaged
by permit holders). Pike County led the harvest with 22 bobcats.
The IDNR appreciates the support of hunters, trappers and IDNR
staff who collected jaws for bobcat research at SIU Carbondale
and of cooperating landowners and trappers in central Illinois
who have helped with bobcat research at Western Illinois
University. The IDNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fund
research to continue learning about Illinois’ only feline
furbearer. The recovery of this species, as well as many others,
and continued research are possible because of the support of
the sportsmen and sportswomen of Illinois. A table with bobcat
harvest totals by county can be found at:
Civil War Saturday at Old State Capitol: Visit the Old
State Capitol in Springfield for a fun, family-friendly free
program hosted by the Springfield Soldiers' Aid Society
Saturday, March 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Volunteers in
historic attire will help those attending learn about the women
who worked in the building during the Civil War and experience
history by making crafts that were popular during the Civil War.
The Old State Capitol, a reconstruction of Illinois’ fifth
statehouse, served as the seat of state government and a center
of Illinois political life from 1839 to 1876. It is open daily
from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Story Time at Lincoln Log Cabin: Plan a visit to Lincoln
Log Cabin State Historic Site Saturday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m.
for Saturday Children’s Story Time. Featuring the reading of a
historically themed children's book followed by activities and
crafts, this free program helps engage youngsters ages 5-10 in
American history and bring the stories to life. All youth must
be accompanied by an adult. The story for March 7 is “Sugar
Snow” by Laura Ingalls Wilder, illustrated by Doris Ettlinger.
It tells the story of making maple syrup and maple sugar, both
important foodstuffs for pioneer families. The importance of the
‘sugar bush’ and making maple syrup and sugar led to some of the
earliest settlements in the central part of Illinois. Lincoln
Log Cabin State Historic Site, part of the Abraham Lincoln
National Heritage Area, preserves the 19th-century home of
Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and stepmother of our 16th
president. The site is eight miles south of Charleston and is
open each Wednesday through Sunday for free public tours. For
more information about the site and its programming call
217-345-1845 or visit
Dana-Thomas House Specialty Tours: Two specialty tours to
provide visitors the opportunity to enjoy extra time inside the
historic Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site in Springfield
are planned for Saturday, March 7. “Attention to Detail,” held
10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., will explore details and stories of
the Dana House that enrich our understanding of art and
architecture and the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. “Of Glass and
Wood,” held 1:15 to 3:15 p.m., will focus on details of the
amazing art glass collection and the Wright-designed furniture
in the house. Call the site at 217-782-6776 to reserve your
place on these tours.
Super Saturday at the Illinois State Museum: Children and
families will have the chance to learn about the history of
women’s suffrage and discover how they might stand up for causes
they care about today when they attend the Illinois State
Museum’s “Let’s Vote!” Super Saturday, held Saturday, March 7 at
the museum. The program, which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00
p.m., will include activities such as making a sash for a
favorite cause, crafting a button to encourage action, and
learning more about suffragettes from Illinois and beyond
through games and trivia.
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There will also be a chance for all participants to vote on a current topic.
Super Saturdays are sponsored by Bank of Springfield. For more information email
or call 217- 782-6044.
Becoming an Outdoors Woman: Registration is open for the IDNR ‘Becoming
an Outdoors Woman’ Workshop June 12-14 at the Lorado Taft Field Campus in
Oregon, Ill. Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshops are designed to provide
introductory instruction and experiences in many outdoor-related activities and
skills. The cost per person is $245, which includes meals, lodging, four
instructional classes, use of class materials/supplies, transportation during
the workshop, and more. The June workshop usually fills up fast, so don’t delay
in registering. Registration materials can be found at:
Seed Packets Available: The IDNR Mason State Nursery has developed a seed
mix of Illinois native forbs and grasses that is suitable for use in developing
a monarch/pollinator habitat. Tree seedlings also are available for sale. For
ordering information, visit: https://
Music at the Museum: Panamanian/ Colombian duo Calle Sur performs at the
monthly Music at the Museum concert series Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. at
the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. Calle Sur features a broad range of
Latin musical traditions. Tickets for the March concert are available in advance
at bit.ly/matmmar20 or at the door. For more information on the featured acts
and a full series schedule, visit
Kids Day at Dickson Mounds: Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a new
program, Kid’s Day: Fun and Games, Saturday, March 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00
p.m. Attendees will enjoy an afternoon playing and learning about a variety of
ancient games to 20th century games. Participants may make their own game to
take home. This program may fulfill some scouting badge requirements. Kids Day
programs are for children ages 5 years old and up with an adult. Admission is
free, and donations are appreciated. Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown
and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. The museum is open free to the public
from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day. For more information call 309-547-3721.
Also visit us on Facebook at Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds or online at
the Dickson Mounds link on
Camping Reservations: It is time to make reservations for campsites and
shelters for many Illinois state parks and other IDNR sites for 2020.
Reservations can be made online through the Reserve America website at
www.reserve america.com using
a Visa or MasterCard.
Hunter and Boating Safety Education Courses: Register now for Hunter
Safety Education and Boating Safety Education courses from the IDNR. Spring
classes are being scheduled. Check the IDNR website for class dates and
Museum After Hours: Celebrate the opening of the Fashioning Illinois:
1820-1900 exhibition in style during the Museum After Hours event at the
Illinois State Museum Friday, March 27, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You are
encouraged to dress in garb from your favorite 60s decade (1860s or 1960s).
Enjoy live music by Myers - Brant - Paoni and the New Columbine Orchestra and
participate in a 1960s inspired art making activity. Tickets are $10 for ISM
Society members and $15 for non-members and include one beverage and all
activities. Additional beverages and food will be available for purchase. Visit
http://bit.ly/mahmar20 for tickets or purchase at the door. All event proceeds
support educational programs at the Museum. Participants must be 21 years or
older. For more information, email
or call 217-782-6044.
Illinois Deer Classic: Visit with IDNR biologists, Conservation Police
Officers and permit/license staff at the 2020 Illinois Deer Classic at the
Peoria Civic Center, March 27-29. For more info, visit