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Drawing For Trapping Permits To Be Held Soon

Sangchris Lake State Park, located near Springfield, is hosting a public drawing to allocate trapping permits on Saturday, October 21st, at 10:30 a.m. The event will take place at the park, with registration starting at 10 a.m. at the site headquarters, about six miles southeast of Rochester.


Participants whose names are drawn during the event must be present, and they are required to follow site-specific drawing procedures. Through the drawing process, two permits for two trapping zones will be allocated. The sub-impoundment area is now included as another zone open to trapping.


Each permit will allow two names, and only the individuals listed on the permit will be allowed to engage in trapping activities. To enter the drawing, all participants must possess a valid 2023-2024 trapping license and habitat stamp.


Starting from February 1st, 2024, until the end of the trapping season on March 31st, 2024, Sangchris Lake will adhere to statewide trapping regulations. This means that any individual with a valid 2023-2024 trapping permit can trap beavers, muskrats, and river otters at the lake.


To facilitate the trapping process, all trappers at the lake, including drawing winners and their partners, must obtain a free windshield card permit online. Additionally, trappers will be required to report their harvest and hunter trips online by no later than February 15th each year, or two weeks after the season closes for those that end after February 1st.


It is important to note that failing to report in this manner for two consecutive years will result in the forfeiture of hunting privileges at the site for the following year, with no opportunity for reinstatement.


For further information and inquiries, individuals are encouraged to contact Sangchris Lake State Park at 217-498-9208 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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