Horseshoe Lake Madison Hunter Fact Sheet

2014 - 2015 Season

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INTRODUCTION: The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreational opportunities for the residents of this State. This area is managed by the Department for wildlife enhancement and improving the opportunity for public hunting.

LOCATION:  In the East St. Louis Area in Madison County, 2 ½ miles east of Granite City, Route 111 is adjacent to the eastern boundary and Route 162 is adjacent on the northern boundary.

SETTING:  The hunting area consists of 1,000 acres of water with the remaining acreage comprised of row crop and sunflower fields interspersed with small tracts of grassland and forest.

SITE REGULATIONS:
Waterfowl (Regular Duck and Goose Season)

  1. All hunters must report to check station to fill out information cards and to present their hunting license or firearm owners identification (F.O.I.D.) cards before proceeding to blinds.
  2. Registered blind builders desiring to claim their blinds, must report to the check station one hour before the opening shooting hour each day and occupy that blind for at least one hour. Blinds not claimed by blind builders by this hour will be available for assignment on a drawing basis. Check station opens at 4:30 a.m. After this drawing, blinds will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., after which time, the area will be closed to additional hunters.
  3. All hunting will be from registered blinds only and hunters must occupy their blinds within one hour after blind is assigned on any specific day.
  4. All hunters must check out within one hour of the close of legal shooting hours. At this time all waterfowl and coots bagged must be reported by submitting harvest card.
  5. All hunting parties shall hunt over a spread of at least 12 decoys. The decoys shall be staked, placed, or floating and be individually visible, be at least 8 inches long and not be within a boat, blind or container. Decoys may be left overnight or for the season.
  6. Only ducks, Mergansers, Coots, and geese can be hunted.
  7. It shall be unlawful to trespass upon a designated waterfowl hunting area between sunset of the Sunday immediately preceding opening day of regular duck season through the day before regular duck season as posted at the site.
  8. No more than 4 persons shall occupy a blind at one time.
  9. Blinds shall not be locked.
  10. No person shall hunt or attempt to hunt, except from within a registered blind.
  11. No person under 16 years of age may hunt or attempt to hunt on this area, unless accompanied by an adult.
  12. No person shall fish within 250 yards of an occupied blind within the hunting area.
  13. Boats with motors up to 50 h.p. are permitted on the lake.
  14. Claiming or attempting to claim a blind which is legally occupied, and/or harassing, in any manner, the occupants of a blind which has been legally occupied, is unlawful.
  15. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at check station or in hunting field.

Youth Waterfowl

  1. The Youth hunt is typically held on the weekend preceding the Illinois Central Zone duck season opener.
  2. Youth hunters must be 15 years of age or younger and must have a hunting license and HIP registration number.
  3. Adults may not hunt or shoot any wildlife.
  4. All regulations listed under Waterfowl also apply.

Dove

  1. Hunting is restricted to the managed fields on the peninsula area of the Park.
  2. Registration will be held at the Main Office check station for permit and non-permit holders from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  3. Hunting hours will be from noon to 5:00 p.m. for the entire season which is September 1 through September 30 at this Site.
  4. Statewide daily bag limit.
  5. For the first 5 days of the season, hunting will be by permit only. Permits will be issued from the Springfield permit Office prior to the season. A standby drawing will be held to fill all other vacancies.
  6. After the first 5 days, a daily drawing will be held each time more hunters than the Site's daily quota properly register for the daily hunt.
  7. All hunters must be present for registration and drawing. Up to four hunters may register on one card.
  8. All hunters will be required to check into the Main Office check station prior to hunting and to report their harvest at the end of their hunt.
  9. Harvested doves must be kept in separate bags by each hunter.
  10. All hunting will be done from numbered stakes. When a dove is downed, hunters are required to leave their gun at their stake while retrieving their bird. Hunters must hunt within 10 feet of assigned stake.
  11. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at check station or in the hunting field.
  12. No cleaning of doves is permitted at check station or in the hunting field.
  13. It is the hunter’s responsibility to remove all refuse, including empty shotgun shells, from the hunting area once they have finished hunting.
  14. ONLY NON TOXIC SHELLS ARE PERMITTED AT THIS SITE. Steel shot size #6 or smaller is allowed.
  15. Non-hunters are not allowed in the fields.

Youth Dove

  1. A one-day hunt will be held the first weekend day in September or Labor Day, whichever comes first.
  2. All youth hunters and supervising adults must be present at the Main Office check station for a drawing to determine hunting stakes.
  3. Check in time is from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Hunting hours are from noon to 5:00 p.m.
  4. All youth hunters must have a valid Illinois hunting license and HIP number.
  5. Each youth must be accompanied by a supervising adult. If the hunter does not have a valid Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card, the supervising adult must have a current FOID card.
  6. Hunting is by permit. A standby draw may be available if permit holders do not show up.
  7. All youth must be between the ages of 10 & 15.
  8. All regulations listed under Dove also apply.

Pheasant (Controlled Hunts)

  1. Hunting will begin the second Wednesday of December or the first hunting day after the close of the Central Zone duck season, whichever occurs first. No hunting on Mondays and Tuesdays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  2. Hunting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with daily limit of two (2) pheasants. Hunting is by reservation. Reservations can be made on-line at www.tmillerinc.com prior to 48 hours of the desired hunt date. Phone-in reservations can only be made within 48 hours of the desired hunt date by calling T. Miller at 217/793-6146. A drawing for standby hunters will be held if the daily quota of 40 hunters is not reached by permit holders.
  3. All hunters are required to wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches.
  4. All hunting must be done with shotgun or bow and arrow. Only shot shells with shot size of No. 5 lead or a non-toxic shot size ballistically equivalent to No. 5 lead or smaller, may be used. Flu-flu arrows only may be used by bow hunters.
  5. A drawing will be held at 8:00 a.m. at the Main Office to assign hunting areas to permit holders. Immediately following, a second drawing will be held for standby hunters if daily quota of hunters is not reached by permit holders.
  6. Hunters are required to present their hunting license at the check station before hunting. Persons exempt by law from having a hunting license must present a firearm owner’s identification card. If they are under the age of 21 and do not have a card, they must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or loco parentis who has a valid card in possession.
  7. Non-hunters are not allowed in field.
  8. Hunters will not leave Site without first checking out by submitting harvest card.
  9. All pheasants must be affixed with a state tag before they are removed from site.
  10. Anyone who has killed game previously and has it in his possession or in his vehicle must declare it with the person in charge of the area prior to hunting the area. Any other game found in the hunter’s possession after he has started hunting on the area will be considered illegally taken if the hunter has not declared it prior to going into the field.

Quail

  1. Only registered pheasant hunters with a State Habitat Stamp may hunt quail.
  2. Hunters are allowed to harvest 4 quail during the one day hunt.
  3. Season for quail will only be the first day of the Controlled Pheasant Season.
  4. Only shot shells with shot size of No. 5 lead or a non-toxic shot size ballistically equivalent to No. 5 lead or smaller may be used.

Rabbit

  1. Only registered pheasant hunters with a State Habitat Stamp may hunt rabbit.
  2. Hunters are allowed to harvest 2 rabbits during the one day hunt.
  3. Season for rabbit will only be the first day of the Controlled Pheasant Season.
  4. Only shot shells with shot size of No. 5 lead or a non-toxic shot size ballistically equivalent to No. 5 lead or smaller may be used.

Youth Pheasant

  1. Applicants must receive a permit from the Department. The dates and methods for making reservations will be publicly announced. There is no fee for the youth pheasant hunting permit.
  2. The hunting date may vary from year to year (a one-day hunt typically occurring in November).
  3. Hunting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Check-in time is from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. at the Main Office.
  4. All hunters must be between the ages of ten (10) and fifteen (15) and have a youth hunting permit. Habitat stamps and HIP numbers are not required
  5. All hunters are required to present their hunting licenses at the check station before hunting. Each permit holder must be accompanied by a non-hunting supervisory adult. If the hunter does not have a valid F.O.I.D. card, the supervisory adult is required to have a valid F.O.I.D. card. Only one supervisory adult in a hunting party is required to have an F.O.I.D. card if the hunters in the hunting party stay under the immediate control of the supervisory adult possessing the valid card.
  6. All youth hunters and supervisory adults must wear a hat and vest of solid blaze orange while in the field.
  7. Anyone who has killed game previously and has it in his possession or in his vehicle must declare it with the person in charge of the area prior to hunting on the area. Any other game found in the hunter’s possession after he has started hunting on the area will be considered illegally taken if the hunter has not declared it prior to going into the field.
  8. All hunting must be done with shotguns. Only shot shells with shot size of No. 5 lead or a non-toxic shot size ballistically equivalent to No. 5 lead or smaller may be used.
  9. The daily limit is 2 pheasants of either sex. No other game may be harvested.
  10. All pheasants must be affixed with a department tag before they are removed from the area. The tag must remain on the leg of the pheasant until the pheasants are finally prepared for consumption.

Early/Late Goose and Teal Season

  1. All hunting must be done from a staked blind. Blind need not be completed.
  2. Blind builders wishing to hunt their blind must claim their blind no later than ½ hour before shooting time.
  3. All hunters must sign in before hunting and sign out and report their harvest at the end of hunt. The sign-in box is located at the Main Office.
  4. No more than 4 persons can occupy a blind at one time
  5. Persons under 16 years of age shall not hunt or attempt to hunt unless accompanied by an adult.
  6. Blinds not claimed by blind builders are available on a first come, first serve basis.
  7. Hunting hours for teal are sunrise to sunset.
  8. Hunting hours for early Canada goose season are ½ hour before sunrise to sunset.
  9. Hunting hours for goose season, following the close of duck season, are ½ hour before sunrise to 3:30 p.m. The hunting hours the last three days will extend to sunset.
  10. A minimum of 12 goose decoys must be used by each hunting blind.

Conservation Order Snow Goose Season

  1. Statewide regulations and site specific regulations apply.
  2. All hunters must sign in before hunt and sign out and report their results at the end of hunt. The sign-in box is located at the main office.

Wild Turkey (Spring)

  1. Hunters must apply to Springfield Permit Office for permits.
  2. Two (2) hunters per season will be allowed.
  3. Hunting will be allowed on the peninsula only (Bend Road).
  4. Hunters are required to report harvest to the Site.

Deer Archery

  1. A Special Permit is required to archery hunt deer at this Site.  Applications are available on-line or at the Park office. Applications will be accepted from March 1 to March 31 and must be in the Park office by the close of business March 31.  A drawing will be held on the first weekday in April at the Park office to determine successful applicants.  Only successful applicants will be notified by mail once the drawing is complete.
  2. Twelve (12) archery hunting permits are allocated per week via the site drawing for each of the nine (9) one-week sessions. There are two separate hunting areas.  Eight (8) hunting permits will be allocated for Bend Road per week and four (4) hunting permits will be allocated for Walker’s Island and adjoining area.   There are separate applications for these areas.
  3. It will be unlawful to construct or to use any tree stand using nails, screws, wire or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. All tree stands must be portable.  One stand per hunter.   Any stand left unattended during the week hunted must be tagged and labeled with name, address and telephone number.   NO PERMANENT TREE STANDS ALLOWED
  4. An antlerless deer must be harvested prior to the harvest of an antlered deer.   All deer harvested must be reported to the IL Check System per Statewide regulations and reported to the Park office.   The harvest sheet must be returned to the park office by December 31 or privileges for the next year will be forfeited.  There is no limit on the number of antlerless deer that may be harvested with the proper permits.
  5. Open during the Youth and Regular Firearm Deer Seasons. All hunters must wear a solid blaze orange cap and vest as required for firearm deer hunting during these seasons.
  6. Permits are not transferable.
  7. Statewide hunting hours are in effect.
  8. It will be unlawful to possess or consume any alcoholic beverages on the Site.
  9. There will be nine (9) Hunting sessions available as listed below. Hunters will need to prioritize the hunting date selections they are interested in hunting. ONLY 1 SESSION WILL BE AWARDED PER HUNTER.

1st hunt (Oct. 1 – Oct. 7)                    6th hunt (Nov. 5 – Nov. 11)         
2nd hunt (Oct. 8 – Oct. 14)                7th hunt (Nov. 12 – Nov. 18)
3rd hunt (Oct. 15 – Oct. 21)               8th hunt (Nov. 19 – Nov. 25)
4th hunt (Oct. 22 – Oct. 28)               9th hunt (Nov. 26 – Dec. 2)
5th hunt (Oct. 29 – Nov. 4)                                                                   

Furbearer Hunting

  1. Furbearer hunting will be open only to permitted archery deer hunters at this Site.
  2. Archery deer permit holders will be allowed to harvest a coyote during their designated hunting week.
  3. Harvest must be reported on the archery deer harvest sheet along with hunter trips and deer harvested.

Furbearer Trapping
A total of four trapping permits will be awarded per season through a public drawing to be held at the Site during the last week of October. Registration for the drawing will begin at 10:00 a.m., and the drawing will be held at 11:00 a.m.  Interested participants must possess a current or previous year’s trapping license. Trapping area maps will be available at the Site. Statewide trapping regulations will be in effect, with the following site specific regulations in effect:

  1. A permit is required.
  2. Only Egg Traps, D-P (Dog-Proof) Traps, box traps, cage traps, and traps of similar design may be used for land sets.
  3. Only body gripping traps with a jaw spread of 4 ½ inches or less and square body-gripping traps with a 10-inch jaw spread may be used for water sets.
  4. Trapping will be permitted from the statewide opening, except during the waterfowl season live traps and land sets only. All trapping will be permitted after the close of waterfowl season.
  5. No traps are to be set without tags.
  6. Trappers are required to report harvest to the Site by April 1.

Crow

  1. Hunters are required to obtain a Site permit and harvest sheet from the site office prior to hunting.
  2. Harvest sheets, including hunter trips, are to be returned to the Site office by March 15 or forfeit hunting privileges the following year.
  3. Hunting begins February 1st through February 28th.
  4. Hunting is restricted to the peninsula area of the park (Bend Road).
  5. Hunting hours are ½ hour before sunrise to sunset.
  6. All harvested crows must be removed from State property and disposed of properly.
  7. There is no shot-size restriction or non-toxic shot requirement.

SEASONS, HOURS, LIMITS:


SPECIES

SEASONS

HOURS

SPECIAL RULES/PERMITS

Ducks/Geese
Regular Season

Legal opening/closing set by state and federal regulations

½ hour before sunrise to
3:30 p.m. (1)

All hunting must be from a waterfowl blind

Hunters are required to check in at check station.

Teal & Early Canada Goose

Set by federal guidelines

Sunrise to sunset for teal. Early goose ½ hr before sunrise to sunset

All hunting must be from a waterfowl blind

Hunters are required to check in and out at the sign-in box located at the Site office.

Late Goose

After close of duck season. Closes once Central Goose Zone ends.

½ hr before sunrise to
3:30 p.m. (2)

All hunting must be from a waterfowl blind

Hunters are required to check in and out at the sign-in box located at the Site office.

Youth Duck

Legal opening/closing set by state and federal regulations

½ hr. before
Sunrise to
3:30 p.m.

All hunting must be from a waterfowl blind

Hunters are required to check in at check station.

Dove (Regular)

Sept. 1 thru Sept. 30

12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

Special permit Sept. 1-5 Springfield drawing. Then daily drawing is held to determine the quota of 50 hunters per day.

Hunters are required to check in at the Main Office check station.

Youth Dove

First weekend day in September or Labor Day

12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

Hunting by permit only but standby if available

A permit is required to hunt. Youth hunters are required to check in at the Main Office check station.

Pheasant (Controlled)

Begins 2nd Wednesday of December or the first hunting day after the close of Central Zone duck season whichever occurs first through January 31.

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Wed – Sun

Daily drawing is held to determine quota – 40 hunters per day

Hunters are required to check in at check station. No hunting on Mon. or Tues.

Youth Pheasant

One day in November

9:00 a.m. /
4:00 p.m.

Age 10-15 only

Hunters are required to check in at check station. No standby permits.

Rabbit & Quail

First day of Controlled Pheasant Hunting Season at the site.

9:00 a.m. /
4:00 p.m.

Only registered pheasant hunters w/State Habitat Stamp.

Hunters are required to check in at check station.

Wild Turkey (Spring)

Statewide season dates (southern zone)

½ hour before sunrise to 1:00 p.m.

By special permit from Springfield application. Two hunters per season

Hunters are requested to report harvest to the Site.

Archery Deer

Oct. 1 thru Dec. 2

Statewide hunting hours

By site permit only, applications rec’d by site March 1-31.

Hunters must wear blaze orange cap and vest during the firearm deer seasons while archery hunting on this Site.

Furbearer Hunting
(coyote only, bow and arrow only)

Archery Deer Season at the site (Oct. 1 thru Dec. 2)

½ hr. before sunrise to ½ hr. after sunset

 

Hunters are required to report harvest to the Site.

Furbearer Trapping

Statewide opening, land sets and live traps only through waterfowl season. All sets permitted after regular waterfowl season.

24 hours

By site permit only, drawing conducted during the last week of October.

Harvest report to be submitted by April 1 after the season.

Snow Goose (Conservation Order)

Statewide season

½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset

All hunting must be from a waterfowl blind.

Hunters are required to check in and out at the sign-in box located at the Site office.

Crow

February 1 - 28

Statewide hours

By Site permit only

Hunters are required to report hunter trips and harvest by March 15.

  1. During the regular duck and regular goose seasons, hunting hours for the last three days of the season will extend to sunset.
  2. During the late goose season, hunting hours the last three days of the season will extend to sunset.

OTHER SITE FACILITIES:  Fishing, camping, picnicking, and hiking.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:  Horseshoe Lake State park at (618) 931-0270.

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, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702; (217)785-0067; TTY (217)782-9175.