Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The mission of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is to manage, protect and sustain Illinois' natural and cultural resources; provide resource-compatible recreational opportunites; and promote natural resource-related public safety, education, and science.

The Department provides many of the State's outdoor recreational opportunities (state parks and museums): ensures that desirable fish and wildlife species are available in sufficient numbers to permit public fishing and hunting; performs basic and applied research; maintains extensive collections; publishes scientific reports and articles; permits mining, oil and gas operation; enforces various acts that govern oil, gas and mining; reclaims lands and waters adversely affected by mining; constructs and regulates state water resource programs.


Introduction to Wingshooting

The is an introductory shotgun shooting education program focusing on youth and women to teach shotgun shooting safety and shooting skills.