The Byron Forest Preserve District will be holding a lottery for archery deer hunting at two District preserves this summer for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 archery seasons. A lottery drawing will be held to randomly select six hunters for archery season hunting permission at the District’s Howard Colman Hall Creek Preserve and at the Barrick Oaks Homestead Preserve. Entrants must be taxpayers to or residents within the Byron Forest Preserve District and at least 18 years of age before October 1, 2018. Each site will be monitored by a District hunt manager. Three hunters will be allowed at each site. Prior game violations can exclude entrants from eligibility.
For an application to have your name in the random lottery drawing, please stop by the Jarrett Prairie Center at 7993 N River Rd. You must have your application returned by 4:30 pm on Friday, August 3, 2018 to the front desk at the Jarrett Center. Only one application per entrant allowed. No substitution for a winning applicant allowed, the name on the application will be the only allowed hunter.
The drawing will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 10 am at the Jarrett Prairie Center. Each hunter will be assigned to one of the two preserves. Lottery winners present at the drawing will have first choice as to which preserve they want to hunt. Absent winners will be assigned a preserve. Each preserve will have three hunters for a two-year term. After two years, the District will hold another lottery drawing. Lottery winners will be required to attend a pre-season meeting to go over rules, regulations, and preserve boundaries.
The Howard Colman Hall Creek Preserve is located in the northeast corner of the District, between Meridian Rd and Weldon Rd. Address is 12749 North Weldon Road, Rockford IL. The Barrick Homestead Preserve is located north of Oak Grove Rd, immediately east of Tower Rd. Address is 3494 East Oak Grove Rd, Byron IL.
Please call the Byron Forest Preserve District at 815.234.8535 for more information.