The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is issuing a safety reminder to mushroom hunters and other visitors to Illinois state parks, and wildlife areas. Visitors are reminded that hunting areas are closed to activities other than turkey hunting from one-half hour before sunrise until 1 PM daily during the spring turkey season. The turkey hunting area restrictions are in place for the safety of site visitors and hunters. Spring turkey season concludes on May 16th, here in the Northern Zone. Turkey hunters are being reminded they may begin applying online May 14th for permits for the Illinois Fall Shotgun Turkey season October 19th through the 27th. The first lottery application deadline is July 1st. For more turkey hunting information, check the IDNR website.