Thanks to a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Illinois Department of Natural Resources is able to provide additional access for youth turkey hunters this spring. Through the Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP), IDNR is accepting applications from young turkey hunters to hunt on private land on sites in 28 counties throughout Illinois.
Youth under age of 16 who have passed a hunter safety course are eligible to apply for spring youth turkey season as well as regular spring turkey seasons 3 and 4. Deadline to apply is February 27 for youth seasons. Applicants applying for Youth Turkey Season will need to download an application at: www.dnr.illinois.gov/conservation/IRAP/Pages/YouthTurkeyHunting.aspx and return it to IDNR prior to February 27, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified where their hunting site is located. Hunters also will be given a map and an IRAP permit allowing them to hunt on the specified private property. Youth hunters will also need to get an over-the-counter IDNR youth turkey permit once they receive their IRAP permit.