Ray Norbut Hunter Fact Sheet

2013 - 2014 Season


Ray Norbut Fish & Wildlife Area is characterized as an ideal hunting area for both forest game and upland game species. This site is also rich in archeologic and historic value and is presently a bald eagle winter roosting area along the bluffs of the Illinois River. Part of the area is highway right-of-way under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation. Passage through the area is permitted but state law prohibits hunting along, upon, across, or from any public right-of-way.

LOCATION: Ray Norbut Fish & Wildlife Area is located five miles east of Griggsville off Route 107 and two miles south of Valley City along the Illinois River in Pike County.


Water acres: Borders the Illinois River Huntable acres: 1,290 Forested acres: 1,000
Non-forested acres: 290 Total acres: 1,298 acres including Big Blue Island in the Illinois River  


Dove Statewide Statewide Staked-sites-only thru Sept. 5th; Free Site Permit Required
Squirrel Statewide Statewide Free Site Permit Required
Deer Statewide Statewide See Below; Free Site Permit Required
Turkey Statewide Statewide Free Site Permit Required
Rabbit Statewide Statewide Free Site Permit Required
Quail Statewide Statewide Free Site Permit Required
Raccoon Statewide Statewide Free Site Permit Required
Waterfowl Statewide Statewide Free Site Permit Required
Crow Oct 15 - Feb 28 Statewide Free Site Permit Required
Woodcock/Snipe/Rail Statewide Statewide Free Site Permit Required

* Free site hunting permits (windshield cards) are required for species as noted. These are available online at www.dnr.illinois.gov. Navigate to "Hutning/Trapping" and then "Public hunting area" to print these permits. Hunters will be required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information.

**Trapping is also allowed for furbearing mammals. A special trapping permit is issued through a site drawing.


  1. Hunting is prohibited where posted.
  2. It is unlawful to construct or to use any tree stand using a device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree. Only one portable stand may be used and must be labeled with hunters name, address, and telphone number.
  3. All hunting is to be with shotgun, handgun (deer), .22 rimfire, muzzleloader, and archery. State regulations apply.
  4. Firearm Deer: A quota of hunters will be filled by special permit; drawing in Springfield.
    Late-Winter Deer Season (formerly Handgun Season): A quota of hunters will be filled on a sign-in sheet at the office each morning. Pike County permit or Ray Norbut SFWA permit required.
    Archery Deer: No quota; statewide permit required.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Ray Norbut Fish & Wildlife Area,46816 290th Ave. Griggsville, IL 62340 (217) 833-2811 or the Pittsfield Office at (217) 285-2221 or Weinberg King SP at (217) 392-2345.

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.