Lake Hunter Fact Sheet - Bottoms Unit
2011 - 2012
Adjacent to Spring Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area, five miles northwest
of Manito, 15 miles southwest of Pekin.
Total area - 411 acres which includes four moist soil wetland impoundments managed
to provide habitat for migratory birds.
AVAILABLE GAME SPECIES:
Opening day and every
Tuesday,Thursday, and Sunday during the Central Zone Duck Season
Opening to 1:00 P.M.
- Waterfowl hunting will
be with permit issued by lottery drawing from the Springfield Permit Office.
Each permit holder will be allowed to bring three hunting or non-hunting partners,
total of four people per blind. Permit holder and hunting partners must check
in and complete hunter information cards at the Spring Lake Waterfowl check
station no later than one hour before legal shooting time; after that time permits are void. Blinds not claimed by permit holders by this hour will be assigned
by draw until 11:00 AM each day. Upon vacating blind, hunters must report
to check station within one hour to check out and report their harvest. A $10.00 Daily Usage Stamp must be purchased by all hunters except those under 16 years of age.
- Hunting will be allowed opening day and
every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the Central Zone Duck Season. A
Youth Waterfowl Hunt will be held the second Sunday in November. Season dates
will be announced to the public as soon as they are set by the US Fish &
- This area is a walk-in
area. Hunters are responsible for bringing their own decoys. Hunters must
carry their own decoys and hunting equipment/gear with them to their blinds.
Hunter will be required to wade to their blinds and when retrieving harvested
- All hunting will end
at 1:00 PM. and all hunters must report to the check station within one hour
to check out and report harvested birds. All hunting parties must hunt over a spread of at least 12 decoys.
- All hunting will be from
platform blinds. Hunters must notify check station attendant before changing
- All Waterfowl Refuge
Areas are closed to public access.
- Hunting will be allowed
only during the Central Zone Duck Season. No goose or teal hunting prior to
duck season. No goose hunting after duck season.
- Hunters under 16 years
of age must be accompanied by an adult of legal age.
- Severe weather and safety
conditions can result in closing all or part of the area.
- It shall be unlawful
to possess or consume alcoholic beverages while hunting on this area.
- Permit applications/reservations
shall be accepted starting in August. Acceptance dates and methods will
be publicly announced.
- The permit shall be for
the use of the entire blind. It shall be the responsibility of the permit
holder to bring three partners, hunters or non-hunters, four person per blind.
- Permits are non-transferable.
- A Youth Waterfowl Hunt
will be held the second sunday in November. Youth hunters must be between
the ages of 10 -15 inclusive on the date of the hunt. The Youth Waterfowl
Permit shall be for the use of the entire blind and it shall be the responsibility
of the permit holder to bring one supervising adult who may also hunt. Each
youth and supervising adult may be accompanied by a non-hunting guide. Maximum
number of people in a blind is two hunting youths, two hunting adults,
and a non-hunting guide. The supervising adults shall be criminally liable
for the actions of the youth in the hunting party, and be subject to the criminal
penalties provided by law. Youth Waterfowl Permits are publicly announced.
Applicants must be between the ages of 10-15 inclusive on the date of the
- It shall be unlawful
to operate an ATV or ride horses on this area.
Other Facilities: Located
at Spring Lake State fish & Wildlife Area including camping, picnicking,
fishing and hiking.
For further information,
please contact: Spring Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area at 7982 South Park
Road, Manito, IL 61546 (309/968-7135).
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.