July 12, 2008

Drawing for Potter’s Marsh Duck Blinds July 26

The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that the Potter's Marsh (Mississippi River Pool 13) drawing for duck blinds will be held on Saturday, July 26, at the House of Events in Savanna Ill. The House of Events is located in downtown Savanna at 108 Main Street, across from City Hall. Applications will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the drawing to be held at 2 p.m. You must apply in person and must be present at the drawing. When your ticket is drawn in the lottery, you will select your choice from the 39 available blinds. A $10 application fee is required. A $100 non- refundable blind fee is charged for each applicant that receives a blind.Applicants are required to show the following information: photo identification, 2008 Hunting or Sportsmans License, 2008 Federal waterfowl stamp, 2008 State duck stamp and a Firearm Owners Identification Card (Ill. residents only). Residents under 21 do not need the FOID but must be accompanied by an adult (21 or older) who has a valid card. Non-residents can provide a current year license and state stamp from their resident state. Applicants must be a minimum 16 years old.2008 is the phase-out year for permanent blinds in Pool 13 including Potter's Marsh. The Refuge will allow hunters to hunt from a boat blind or a boat hide at Potters Marsh in 2008 instead of requiring the construction of a permanent blind. Flood waters have removed many of the permanent blinds used last year so this option for a boat blind or boat hide is available to those who want to save the time, money and effort that it will take to construct and then have to remove a permanent blind at the end of the hunting season.Interested hunters may contact the Refuge Office at 815-273-2732 for an application and blind regulations or stop in the office. Information can also be obtained at http:// midwest.fws.gov/UpperMississippiRiver website. The Refuge Office is located at 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson, Ill. (approximately 4 miles south of Savanna off of Hwy. 84, behind Metform). The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is the most visited refuge in the United States. The refuge extends 261 miles along the Upper Mississippi River from Wabasha, Minn. to Princeton, Iowa, protecting and preserving habitat for migratory birds, fish, and a variety of other wildlife. This 240,000 acre refuge was established in 1924.

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