Thanks to the work of the Batchtown Sportsmans Club, Mississippi Valley Hunters and Fishermens Association, Illinois Federation of Outdoor Resources and Migratory Waterfowl Hunters Inc the duck hunters got a win. IDNR withdrew their proposal to ban a bunch of common duck blind building materials used on public hunting area blinds. The best part was when the Hearing Officer blasted IDNR for their illegal gag order on DNR employees and illegal denial of Freedom of Information requests during the rule making process. DNR Director Rosenthall made the right decision when he over ruled his Wildlife Division staff and told them to withdraw the new rules. The sad part of the whole fight was that staff from the Wildlife Division would not even discuss proposals by the waterfowling groups to deal with any littering/trash issues on state areas. They were hell bent on the only discussion being how many blind building materials could be on their banned list.