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IDNR cancels hunting and fishing on state land during COVID-19 outbreak

CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has canceled all events including hunting and fishing on state land during the 'Stay at Home' order.

In a letter, IDNR Director Colleen Callahan wrote:

The IDNR is working closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Governor’s Office to monitor the situation and assess when we can safely reopen Illinois’ outdoor and historic sites.

Presently, the Department is forced to cancel all upcoming scheduled events at state sites including, but not limited to, hunting and fishing on state-managed or -owned sites while state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites are closed.

Our current administrative rules prohibit the issuance of refunds or transfer of permits. We understand the problems these stipulations create for our sportsmen and women and are reviewing all possible solutions.

However, hunters and anglers who wish to hunt or fish during the ‘Stay at Home’ order may do so provided they have the appropriate licensing and permits and are hunting or fishing on private property or at sites which are currently open to the public. We ask our hunters and anglers to help their fellow outdoorsmen and women by following all public health directives, including staying at least six feet away from other sportsmen and staying home if they’re exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.

Illinois was the first state to fully close state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites; the closure took effect March 15.

Here's a link to the full statement on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' website.

Dave Davis

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