Lake Hunter Fact Sheet
CREEK WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
2012 - 2013 Season
Creek Wildlife Management Area, located within Shabbona Lake State Park, is
just south of US Rt. 30 and the Village of Shabbona. The check station is the
Park Office. Take Shabbona Rd. south off Rt. 30 for 2 ˝ miles to Shabbona Grove
Road then go east on Shabbona Grove Rd. for ˝ mile to the Park Office entrance.
DESCRIPTION OF THE
AREA: This is an area of approximately 776 acres that offers a variety
of habitat types. Archery hunters will find areas of mature hardwoods interspersed
with cultivated fields, bottoms, pine plantations, sloughs and tall grass prairie.
REG'S (see below)
|Noon - 5PM
||See #1, 2, 3, 5, 8,
|Archery Deer &
Fall Archery Turkey
||See #4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
9, 10, 11
|CWD Deer Season:
An announcement will be made if this season will be open on this site.
Special Area Regulations:
- Sept. 1st through Sept.
5th, the daily quota of 60 hunters will be filled by a drawing. Registration
will begin at 10:00 am and the drawing held at 11:00 am. Handicapped accessible
hunting is available, contact the Park Office for details. Beginning Sept.
6th, sign in and sign out to hunt.
- Non-toxic only. Only
#6 or smaller steel shot or #7½ or smaller bismuth shot may be used.
- Hunters are required
to check-in and check-out at the park office. A back patch must be worn when
required. Please remove all trash, including empty shotgun shells, at the
conclusion of your hunt.
- The quota of 29 hunters
will be determined on a first- come / first served basis. Sign-in begins at
5:00 AM. Site quota is 29 TOTAL (deer and turkey hunters combined) at any
- All hunters are required
to sign-in prior to hunting, and to sign-out and report harvest immediately
upon leaving their designated hunting area.
- The site is divided
into hunting zones. Hunters may only hunt in the zone they are signed in for
and must park in the lot designated for that zone.
- Archery deer and turkey
hunting will remain open on this site during the statewide firearm deer season
and muzzleloader season. During this time archery hunters must wear the same
blaze orange clothes as required for gun deer hunters.
- Handicapped accessible
- Further restrictions
may exist. See regulations posted at the site before hunting.
- BLAZE ORANGE CLOTHING REQUIREMENTS: All archery hunters must comply with blaze orange clothing requirements during the shotgun deer season, muzzle loader deer season, youth deer hunting season and any other special seasons that may be announced by the Department. Specific requirements are to be found in the "Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations."
- On-site submission of ALL DEER HEADS along with corresponding harvest information is required within 48 hours of harvest to test for the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease.
It Shall Be Unlawful:
- It shall be unlawful
to construct or to use any type of tree stand, screw-in steps, spikes, cleats,
ladder, climbing aids, etc. using nails, screws, wire, or any device which
pierces or cuts the bark of the tree. Stands must be portable and must be
removed from the site at the end of each day’s hunt. Only one stand
per person is allowed. Trees, shrubs, brush, etc. may not be removed, “trimmed”,
broken, etc. to place stand or to clear “shooting lanes”.
- To hunt in any area
not designated as being open to hunting or to hunt off IDNR property.
- To park anywhere on
the site except in the designated parking lots or for unauthorized vehicles
to enter upon any trail.
- For any person to consume
any alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs or to be under the influence of alcohol
or illegal drugs while on the area for the purpose of hunting.
- To engage in "driving"
deer for the purpose of hunting on any IDNR site.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
CONTACT: Shabbona Lake State Park, 4201 Shabbona Grove Rd., Shabbona,
Il., 60550 (815-824-2106)
Equal 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.