State Bans Turkey Hunting on State-Land in Response to COVID-19

The past few weeks we have seen a bunch of closers all over the US. Bars, restaurants, and any business deemed essential. The State of Washington even banned recreational fishing. Now one state has banned Turkey season on public land.

This past week the state of Illinois issued a letter confirmed with all state parks will remain closed which means hunters will not be allowed to turkey on them.

Here is a copy of the letter that was posted on Facebook.

As you can see turkey hunting will still be allowed on private land and, but if you were planning on hunting state land you are out of luck. The letter also states that there will be no refunds of licenses or tags.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police echoed the restrictions of the letter in a similar Facebook post, but they do clarify that they will try and make things right with sight specific turkey permits.

Clarification to “Stay at home” Executive Order and fake news alert.

We have received a number of questions regarding hunting and fishing during the Governor’s mandatory “Stay at home” Executive Order. We have now received clarification from the Governor’s Office about this issue. Please see the message below.

—“As long as our sportsmen and women are fishing or hunting at a site which is currently open (State Parks, Fish and Wildlife Areas, Recreational Areas, and Historic¬†Sites are currently closed) and they have the appropriate licenses and permits, they may continue to hunt and fish during the stay at home order.”—

Secondly, we have been made aware of a rumor and fake news website stating IDNR is closing the 2020 – 2021 hunting seasons. This is completely FALSE. Please do not spread these lies and create more anxiety for the public and your fellow outdoorsmen and more unnecessary work for our CPOs and IDNR staff.

Finally, we have received questions reference Site Specific Turkey permits. IDNR Permitting Division is looking into all possible solutions to this issue and will provide an update as soon as possible. IDNR is bound by Statute, Administrative Rules, and Executive Orders and are doing all they legally can to come up with solutions.

We understand this is a difficult time for many people, please remember why this is being done and do your part to keep those around you and those in your community safe and healthy. Never before have you been able to help so much by doing so little.

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Posted by Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police on Monday, March 23, 2020

Hopefully, Illinois will come to realize that spending time outdoors is one of the best things people can do during this crisis and will reopen lands so that people can utilize them.