James “Pate” Philip State Park and Heron Woods State Habitat Area
Archery Deer Hunter Fact Sheet
2012 - 2013 Season
Introduction: The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation opportunities for residents of Illinois. Of particular concern is providing safe hunting areas on public lands throughout the State. The State Park and State Habitat Area provides archery deer hunting on 415 acres.
Location: Located in the northeast corner of Illinois, the State Park and State Habitat Area are 2.5 miles west of Route 59 in Bartlett, Illinois.
Archery Deer Hunting Regulations:
- Dates: Statewide archery deer season.
- Permits: Hunting periods will be filled through a mail-in drawing. Applications are available on the IDNR web site http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/hunter_fact_sheet/R2hfs/ and at the James Pate Philip State Park Office. Applications must be received at the James Pate Philip State Park Office by August 15th to be eligible for the drawing. Successful applicants will be notified by mail before September 1st. Each archery hunter will be assigned a 14-day hunting period and a specific hunting area. All hunters will be required to attend an orientation meeting prior to the archery deer season (on September 15th), and show proof of a current Illinois hunting license, archery deer permits and site-issued deer hunting permit. At the mandatory meeting, hunters will be given an identification card and a windshield card which must be displayed in their vehicle windshield when hunting the unit.
- Hunting Area: Hunting is restricted to only the designated hunting area assigned to each hunter. Each hunter is required to hunt from an elevated stand which is a minimum of 6 feet above ground in Areas A and B. Due to the limited availability of large trees in Areas C and D, hunters may use ground blinds or tree stands to enable the hunter to shoot “down slope.” Tree stands and climbing devices must be portable, and may not cut or pierce the tree bark. Stands may be setup on the first day of the 14-day period assigned to each hunter; may remain setup the entire assigned 14-day period; but must be removed on the last day assigned to each hunter. Stands and gut piles must be a minimum of 75 yards from designated trails. All stands must be tagged with site-issued permit number.
- Scouting: Each hunter is allowed to scout during the 14 day period assigned to the hunter.
- Parking: Each hunter must park only in the assigned parking location.
- Hours: ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset.
- Harvest: Deer of either sex may be harvested. No other hunting or trapping is allowed. Individual hunters may harvest as many deer as they like during their allotted 14-day period, per statewide archery deer hunting regulations.
- Tracking: If it is necessary to track a deer onto private property, a hunter must first notify the site office and obtain permission from the landowner. Much of the property around the state park’s boundaries is privately owned. Please respect the rights of others.
- Hunting log: Hunters must maintain accurate records of each hunt on a sheet provided. Hunting records must be returned to the site office by February 1. Failure to submit a report will result in the loss of eligibility for future archery hunts.
- Unlawful: Plastic markers and flagging tape are permitted. Spectators are not allowed on the area. All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Administrative Rule 670, and Federal Regulations apply unless the area’s site specific rules are more restrictive.
For more information please contact: District Wildlife Biologist (847) 294-4129.
Equal opportunity to participate in programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and those funded by the U.S. Fish & 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 Opportunity Officer, IDNR, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; (217)785-0067; TTY (217)782-9175.