The Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP) is accepting applications from youth turkey hunters for private-land hunting sites in 25 counties throughout Illinois. Youth under the age of 16 who have passed a hunter safety course are eligible to apply for spring turkey hunting on an IRAP site. IRAP sites are available for spring youth turkey season as well spring turkey Seasons 3 and 4.
Counties with IRAP turkey hunting sites are: Adams, Bond, Bureau, Christian, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Iroquois, Jersey, Lee, McDonough, McLean, Madison, Macoupin, Marion, Mason, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Washington, and Woodford.
Applicants applying for Youth Turkey Season will need to fill out an application and mail it to IDNR prior to February 25, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified and instructed as to where their hunting site is located within the county they applied for, will be given a map and an IRAP permit allowing them to hunt on the specified private property.
Youth hunters applying for an IRAP site for Seasons 3 or 4 will need to apply online for an IDNR turkey permit as soon as possible (see map for available sites). The deadline for the first lottery for turkey permits is December 1,2013. Successful youth receiving his or her turkey tag for their choice county in Season 3 or 4 will then need to send in an IRAP youth turkey application. Applicants are encouraged to apply for their IDNR turkey permit as soon as possible. Sites for Seasons 3 and 4 are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Youth turkey hunting on IRAP leased property is available during three spring turkey seasons:
Youth Season: March 29-30 (south zone) April 5-6 (north zone)
Third Season: April 18-23 (south zone) April 25-30 (north zone)
Fourth Season: April 24-30 (south zone) May 1-7 (north zone)
11,334 acres have been leased for IRAP activities. In addition to youth turkey hunting, IRAP also offers public access for fishing (ponds and stream banks), non-motorized boat access on public waterways, and outdoor naturalist (birding, nature watching and outdoor photography).
Just as important to providing public access, IRAP also develops forest/wildlife management plans for the acres it leases and assists with the implementation of these plans.
Getting youth and families involved in outdoor activities, such as turkey hunting and fishing, helps to preserve our nation’s wildlife and hunting heritage.
For more information or to apply for an IRAP turkey hunting site, go to http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/IRAP/Pages/YouthTurkeyHunting.aspx.
You can apply for a turkey hunting permit at
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