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Refuge to have

THOMSON – Applications for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge special deer hunt at Lost Mound are available until July 31.

The youth hunt will be Oct. 6-7; the adult hunt Nov. 10-11.

The two managed deer hunts are for those ages 10 to 17 and adults with disabilities, age 18 and older, conducted within closed areas of Lost Mound, 3159 Crim Drive, Savanna.

Attendees are required to attend one of two safety orientations from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 29 or Nov. 9 at Manny’s Pizza, 211 Main St., Savanna. Visits to the hunting area will follow.

Visit for applications and regulations or at the refuge office, 7071 Riverview Road.

Random drawings of applications for the 35 hunt sites will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 8 at the refuge office; drawings are open to the public.

Call 815-273-2732 for more information.

Waterfowl site drawing

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will have a Potter’s Marsh waterfowl hunting site drawing at at 1 p.m. July 28 at Manny’s Pizza, 211 Main St., Savanna.

Applications will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Applicants must sign up in person and be present at the drawing. The cost is $10. A $100 nonrefundable fee is charged for each applicant who receives one of the 49 available hunt sites.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old, have a 2018 hunting or sportsman’s license, a 2018 federal waterfowl stamp, and a 2018 state duck stamp. Illinois residents over 21 must have a Firearm Owners Identification Card; residents under 21 must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older with a valid FOID card.

Nonresidents can provide a current year license and state stamp from the state they live in.

For copies of the regulation, call the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge at 815-273-2732 or visit the office.

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