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Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP)

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More Place To Go…
One of the more challen​ging problems facing the Department of Natural Resources is providing public outdoor recreational access and opportunities to our constituents. In order to carry on our outdoor traditions, we need to connect youth and families to land and opportunities. The Department created the Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP) by utilizing resources obtained through three grants from the US Department of Agriculture’s Voluntary Public Access – Habitat Improvement Program.
Private landowners across Illinois are also aware of the need for more places for the public to go and to improve wildlife habitat. With cooperative agreements and wildlife manage plans, the IRAP has leased private property in nearly 30 counties, for more than 12,000 acres so that Illinoisans now have more places to enjoy the great outdoors.
IRAP activities include:

  • Archery Deer hunting
  • Youth turkey hunting (17 and under)
  • Adult first time turkey hunting
  • Small Game Hunting
  • Upland Bird Hunting
  • Waterfowl Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Non-Motorized Boat access on public waterways
  • Outdoor hiking, photography and birding activities
It’s a “win-win” for the landowner, wildlife and the participant!

"What a great experience!  Thank you IDNR, IRAP program, and most importantly the landowner.".................." IRAP youth Hunter and father