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  Dog Training on Public Land  

 


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Sporting dog training opportunities are available on selected Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites during specified seasons. 

Permits and Designated Areas
A free windshield card permit for the trainer is required by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources which may be obtained from the site office during regular business hours.  Sporting dog training on public land sites is only allowed in designated areas within the site.

Leashes
All dogs and domestic pets must be kept on a leash of 10' or less while on public land sites except within the designated dog training areas where the trainer has a valid site dog training permit during the open training season.

Firearms
The only firearm dog trainers may have in possession while dog training on public land are pistols and shotguns with blank cartridges.

General Season
The season for training sporting dogs on public land is generally September 1 - March 31 with the exception that the training season is closed during upland game hunting season.  Other season exceptions are noted in the public land site list below.

Regulations
For additional information governing sporting dog training on public land, see Administrative Rule 950.

 

Public Land Sites

Site Name                                                              Season Exceptions/Additional Restrictions
Banner Marsh State Fish & Wildlife Area Training allowed year around except that it is closed 7 days before and through the end of waterfowl season
Carlyle Lake Lands & Waters  
Clinton Lake State Recreation Area  
Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area Training allowed year around except that it is closed during upland game season
Edward Madigan State Park  
Eldon Hazlet State Park January 1 - March 31, except north of Allen Branch open per statewide regulations
Hamilton County Conservation Area  
Hidden Springs State Forest  
Horseshoe Lake State Park-Madison Closed during dove and archery deer seasons, except training is permitted on Mondays and Tuesdays during the controlled pheasant hunting season 
Horseshoe Lake State Park - Gabaret, Mosenthein and Chouteau Island Unit  
Iroquois County State Wildlife Area  
Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area Water dog training only is open all year; during the controlled pheasant hunting season training is permitted on Mondays and Tuesdays on the Controlled Pheasant Hunting Unit only
Kankakee River State Park  
Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area Water dog training only is open all year
Kickapoo State Park  
Lake Shelbyville - Eagle Creek State Park and Wildlife Management Area  
Lake Shelbyville Kaskaskia and West Okaw Wildlife Management Areas  
Marseilles Wildlife Area Closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during September, October and March
Middlefork State Wildlife Area  
Mississippi River Fish & Wildlife Management Areas (Pools 25 & 26) Training allowed year around
Peabody River King State Fish & Wildlife Area West and South subunits only; water dog training only is open all year
Randolph County Conservation Area Training allowed year around
Rock Cut State Park Training allowed year around
Saline County Conservation Area  
Sam Parr State Park  
Sand Ridge State Forest During Controlled Pheasant season, training is permitted on Mondays and Tuesdays
Sangchris Lake State Park Waterdog training is open all year
Shabbona Lake State Park Closed during archery deer season
Silver Springs State Fish & Wildlife Area  
Skinner Farm (I-24) State Habitat Area Area south and west of I-24 open only October - March
Snakeden Hollow State Fish & Wildlife Area Closed October through the Central Zone Goose Hunting Season
Stephen A. Forbes State Fish & Wildlife Area  
Ten Mile Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area  
Trail of Tears State Forest  
Washington County Conservation Area  
Weinberg King State Park  

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