O’Lakes State Park Hunter
2012 - 2013 Season
The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation
opportunities for the resident of the State. Of particular concern is providing
adequate safe hunting areas on public lands through out the State. This Hunter
Fact Sheet contains information relating to the hunting programs at Chain O’Lakes
Site office is located on Wilmot Rd., just south of Route 173.
Total area: 6,023 acres; huntable acres 2,500 consisting of woodland, prairie,
marsh and ponds. (Late deer season - total area: 1,250 huntable acres; approx
250 consisting of woodland, marsh & ponds.)
PROGRAM DATES HOURS OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
- All regulations found
in the Illinois Wildlife Code and Administrative Orders will apply
unless area regulations are more restrictive.
- Hunting must cease when
party’s limit is reached.
- Hunters check in at check
station before hunting; hunters must check-out before leaving the park for
- Alcoholic beverages
are absolutely forbidden on area.
- Hunters are required
to wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at
least 400 square inches (pheasant season, clean up, and deer firearm season).
- Hunting restricted to
those areas designated as open to hunting.
- Hunters must park vehicles
within the interior of the park and in a designated parking area.
HUNTING: Season 10/31/12 - 12/16/12 Wed-Sun
Partnership Regulations webpage
- When daily quotas are
not filled, permits will be sold on a first come first serve basis until quota
of 90 hunters is reached, or until 9:00 am., whichever occurs first.
- Hunting hours 9 a.m.
- 4 p.m. Limit: two pheasant rooster or hens. All pheasants must be tagged
with State Hunting Area tag before leaving area.
- Habitat stamps are not
required for controlled Pheasant hunting. Hunting must be done with shotguns
only. Shot size: No. 3 steel, No. 4 bismuth, or No 5 tungsten-iron, tungsten-polymer,
tungsten-matrix or smaller may be used.
- Youth Pheasant Hunt
is 11/4/12 by state permit only. Apply online at www.dnr.illinois.gov. No fee required.
CLEAN-UP/NON PERMIT HUNTING: Season 12/19/12 - 12/21/12 Wed thru Fri
- The first fifty hunters
are allowed in on a first come first serve basis. Hunters are checked in at
- Hunting hours: 8 a.m.
- 4 p.m. Limits: two pheasant (either sex, hens require tags), four rabbit, and five squirrel.
- No fee. Habitat Stamps
- All hunting must be
done with shotguns only. Shot size no larger than No. 3 steel, No 4 bismuth,
or No. 5 tungsten-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-matrix, or smaller may
DOVE HUNTING: Season
9/1/12 - 9/5/12 Saturday thru Wednesday
- All dove hunting is done
at dove field located on Rt.. 173 east of the Oak Point entrance (signs are
- Daily drawing will be
held at 11 a.m. if more hunters show up than can be accommodated. Twenty-five
hunters are allowed in the field at one time.
- Hunting hours 12 p.m.
- 5 p.m. Limit: daily limit will be as prescribed by State Wide Regulations,
Steel Shot only, No. 6 or smaller. No fee.
- No game shall be cleaned
or dressed in the field.
- All hunting is done
from assigned stations. Dogs are allowed.
HUNTING: Season 10/29/12 - 12/18/12 Monday & Tuesday ONLY; Late Season 12/26/12
- A maximum of 35 hunters
either deer or turkey will be allowed to hunt at any time.
- Monday Hunting: Lottery
will be held on Monday (4 a.m.) before the hunt. Tuesday Hunting: hunters
allowed on first come first serve basis. Tuesday hunters may not line up prior
to 3 p.m. on Mondays.
- All hunting is with
bow and arrow (no crossbows unless over 62 or special handicapped permit is issued.)
- Hunters must check in
and out with check station. Harvest must be reported at check station.
- Hunting restricted to
West of the Fox River (see map).
- Deer/turkey stands must
be portable and removed daily. No nails or spikes allowed in trees.
- All scouting must be
done before the season starts.
- Hunting hours are per
- Late season: A special
late season hunt will be 12/26/12 thru 1/20/13. Hunting is at the Oak Point
Day Use Area. Daily quota of ten hunters are filled on a first come first
serve basis. Hunters must check in, and out at Oak Point. Check in regulations
will be posted.
- Illinois Deer Archery
Permit, Illinois Turkey Archery Permit and Illinois Habitat Stamp are required.
FIREARM DEER HUNTING
: SEASON 11/16/12 - 11/18/12 Friday - Sunday
- Must apply in Spring
statewide firearm permit lottery. 40 hunters will be permitted to hunt.
- Legal firearm allowed
- shotgun (slug only) 10 - 20 gauge, muzzleloader at least .45 caliber or
larger, revolvers .30 caliber or larger.
- Scouting is allowed before
deer archery season starts..
- Lottery winners are required
to attend mandatory meeting to select stations.
- Firearm permit and habitat
stamp are required.
DUCK BLIND DRAWING:
Saturday, July 28, 2012
- The drawing for the blinds
on Grass Lake, Nippersink Lake and Redwing/Deer Lake will be at Oak Point
Day use area located on Rt. 173 west of Antioch.
- Registration will be
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Drawing will be held at 2:00. You must be present.
- A hunting license, Illinois
State Duck Stamp (present or previous year) and a valid Firearm Owner’s
Identification Card are needed to register.
Each hunting program has
additional rules & regulations. Handicapped
hunting opportunities may be available.
information please contact: Chain O' Lakes State Park, 8916
Wilmot Road, Spring Grove, IL 60081, 847/587-5512
opportunity to participate in programs of the Illinois Department of Natural
Resources (IDNR) and those funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and
other agencies is available to all individuals regardless of race, sex, national
origin, disability, age, religion or other non-merit factors. If you believe
you have been discriminated against, contact the funding source’s civil rights
office and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, IDNR, 1 Natural Resources
Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; 217/785-0067; TTY 217/782-9175