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Hello everyone - new member here from central Illinois. Going on my first fossil hunt here in Illinois in two weeks to the Mazon Creek at Braidwood. Looking forward to it. Would love any ideas, tips, locations anything that would be helpful would be appreciated.


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Welcome to the forum from East-Central Illinois!

I assume you are going to the Mazonia wildlife area? Anyway this is link to that DNR park where you can collect concretions on old spoils:


From above page there is this info:

Fossil Collecting

Mazonia is well known for Pennsylvanian age fossils. A day permit is required to collect fossils and may be obtained from the park office or Web site. A reporting form also is available for reporting what was found. Excavations and collecting for commercial purposes are prohibited. In addition, fossil collecting is restricted to March 1 to September 30.

Here is the above day permit link: http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/r2/MZB/mzb_fossil_permit.pdf

it has some info on fossil exhibits on Mazon Creek: http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/mazon_creek/MazonCreekSite.html,

Field museum has a link: http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/research_collections/geology/fossil_collecting.htm It also reports that the above permit may not be needed?


This link below has some

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Thank you all for the warm welcomes. Yes I plan on going to the Mazonia Wildlife area and printed my permit. I cannot wait to get my hands dirty :D

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Welcome to the Forum from Connecticut, :)

Best of luck in your Mazon hunt.



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Welcome to the Forum :)

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