Rep. Wilhour Reminds Residents They Can Hunt & Fish During ‘Stay At Home’ Order on Their Private Property

State Rep. Blaine Wilhour is reminding residents that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) closed state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites effective March 15, but you can still hunt and fish on private property during the ‘stay at home’ order by the governor.

“While the state parks and lakes are temporarily closed during the coronavirus emergency, people can still hunt and fish on their own property with the proper licenses and permits,” commented Rep. Wilhour. “Stay at Home orders still allow for you to get outside for exercise and fresh air with your kids and family on private property.”

The IDNR cancelled 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. Hunters and anglers are asked to follow the ‘social distancing’ guidelines of staying at least six feet away to help their fellow outdoorsmen and women, and also by staying home if they’re exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.

To learn more about updates on hunting, fishing and historic sites and museums under the management of the IDNR, please go to their online resources HERE.

The Kids and Education Section of the IDNR web site has several programs and materials for students and teachers. Click here to learn more.

Hunting and Fishing Licenses may be purchased online if you need one. Click here to apply.