Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities for Sportsmen with Disabilities
CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would like to announce waterfowl hunting opportunities for sportsmen with disabilities at Carlyle Lake. Two accessible waterfowl blinds will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the 2014-2015 Illinois South Central Zone Waterfowl Season. The first blind is located at the Saddle Dam III Wetland Complex area near the Hughes Road East entrance to Saddle Dam III. The second blind is located in the recently constructed Steins Field Wetland Unit east of South Shore State Park.
The use of the accessible waterfowl hunting blinds is by reservation only. Hunters can make reservations by calling the Carlyle Lake Project Office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning October 6, 2014. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the hunting day. The areas will be open to hunting Thursday through Sunday and shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise until 1:00 p.m. All other State of Illinois rules and regulations apply.
Sportsmen will be asked to provide proof of their disability and may reserve a maximum of two reservation dates at any time. After using one reservation date sportsmen may call to reserve another day. Each hunter is allowed a maximum of two assistants to accompany them, the assistants will be allowed to hunt. Sportsmen are encouraged to bring a dog with them to retrieve harvested waterfowl.
For more information on this and other accessible recreation opportunities please contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at 618-594-2484.