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New 2009 fishing reg


Michael Quigley
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From the 2009 fishing regulations Page 6, lower right hand corner highlighted in grey as a new regulation. "WATERFOWL BLINDS - No fishing within 250 yards of department owned or managed waterfowl blind. This includes all sites listed and not listed in this regulation book." Looks like this is going to need some clarification. A call to the office at Mazonia, about Mazonia said it only applied during waterfowl season, (although that is not the way it is written) which makes no sense as the area is closed to fishing during the waterfowl season except Monster Lake which has no duck blinds on it. As for the Kankakee, no mention either about an occupied blind verses an un-occupied blind as per old site specific regs for the Kankakee. I can't imagine the regulation was intended as written but this is definately going to cause confusion, problems, and division among sportsmens groups if it stands as written. AS discussed here before there is no reason to change the regs at the Kankakee State Park as long as fishermen and hunters respect each others right to enjoy a quality experience on the river. There is seldom a conflict between the groups anyway. Hope they can change clarify the reg soon. Only in the state of Il-annoy. :blink:

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Last year it was about proposed changes. Word was it wasn't going to happen / they weren't going to change anything. Well now it's in black & white in the 2009 regulations. Hopefully they will keep the old regs for the Kankakee with the occupied blind stipulation and clarify that it only applies during waterfowl season. Thanks for your help with this Mike.

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CPO Holly Vadbunker and IDNR Director of Resource Conservation Mike Conlin both said it was a misprint. It should have said occupied blind.

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