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Castle Rock Hunter Fact Sheet

2013-2014 Season 


LOCATION: Ogle county, 3 miles south of Oregon IL. on IL. Hwy. 2
DESCRIPTION: Huntable acres: Squirrel, archery deer & turkey - approx. 580 acres; shotgun & muzzleloader deer - approx. 1,620 acres. The site is composed mainly of upland forest with wooded ridges and deep ravines interspersed with hill prairie and old fields.

Squirrel Aug. 1, - Sept. 30 Statewide Statewide See Area Reg's - Quota Hunt in Zone A Only
Deer Archery Oct 1 - Jan 10 Statewide Statewide See Area Reg's - Quota See (1) Below, Zone A & B
Turkey Archery (fall) Oct 1 - Jan 10 Statewide Statewide See Area Reg's - Quota Hunt in Zone A Only
Deer Shotgun 1st: Nov. 16 -18
2nd: Nov 29, 30 Dec 1, 2
50 hunters per day
50 hunters per day
See (2)
Deer Muzzleloader Dec.7 - 9 Statewide Statewide 50 hunters per day See (2)
Deer - CWD Dec. 29, 30, 31 & Jan. 1, 2012
Jan. 13 - 15, 2012
Statewide Statewide 30 hunters at one time See (2)
Turkey (Spring) Statewide Statewide Statewide 5 Permits Per Season See (2)
(1) Deer archery & Turkey archery will be closed during both shotgun deer seasons and the muzzleloader deer season.
(2) Hunters must possess a permit issued specifically for Castle Rock S.P., for the season they are hunting, to hunt this site.

All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations, and Administrative Orders will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.


  1. To construct or to use any type of tree stand, screw-in steps, spikes, cleats, ladder, climbing aids, etc. using nails, screws, wire, or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree. Stands must be portable and may be left unattended from Sept. 15th through Jan 31st. All stands and flagging materials must be removed by Feb. 1. Stands left must be marked with the hunter's name, address, and phone number. Only one stand per person allowed.
  2. For any person to consume any alcoholic beverage, including beer and wine, while on the area for the purpose of hunting.
  3. To hunt in any area not designated as open to hunting.
  4. For any person to park except at a designated parking area.
  5. To enter onto any private property, for any reason, without first obtaining permission from the owner of the property.
  6. For any person to drive deer, or participate in a deer drive, at any time (includes all deer seasons) on this site.
  7. To place or use any bait, attractant, lure, etc. that may be licked or ingested, etc.; or, to use any type of item that generates heat.


  1. Squirrel hunting is only allowed in zone A and only with a shotgun or bow and arrow. Quota - Only 20 squirrel hunters will be allowed in the hunting area at any one time; no more than 15 signed-in at any one time in the lot on IL State Route 2 and no more than 5 signed-in at one time in the hunter parking lot on Ridge Road. Squirrel hunters may only park in these 2 lots.
  2. Hunter Quota Totals - A limited number of archery hunters (dee and/or turkey) will be allowed on the site (signed-in) at one time. Each parking lot has a maximum hunter quota listed at the parking lot and NO MORE than that number of hunters my be signed-in at any one time into that parking lot (hunters MUST be parking in the lot where they sign-in). Parking along township roads is not permitted. Lot A = 4 vehicles; Lot B = 12 hunters; Lot C = 15 hunters; Lot D = 5 hunters.
  3. All hunters are required to sign in & out and report harvest on the check station sign-in sheets located in the hunter parking lots.
  4. Sign-in is on a first come-first serve basis and hunters may not arrive earlier than 2 hours before legal hunting time.
  5. Archery deer and turkey hunting will be closed during all Deer Firearm Season. On site submission of ALL archery deer heads along with corresponding harvest information is required within 48 hours of harvest ot test for the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease.


  1. Hunters may apply by selecting Castle Rock State Park as their choice of hunting area on their Firearm or Muzzleloader Deer permit application. Applications are to be submitted to, and will be processed by, the Springfield Permit Office. All permits will be issued as either sex.
  2. Hunters with Castle Rock Firearm and Muzzleloader Deer Permits must check in and deposit their hunting license by 5:00 am or their permit is invalid for that day. Registration will be at the Castle Rock SP workshop and begin at 4:30am. Vacancies remaining at 5:00am will be filled by a drawing to allocate standby permits. Stand-by permits are issued as being valid for the day of issuance only; are site specific for Castle Rock. No other permits are required. Non-resident standby hunters are required to have a non-resident hunting license and current habitat stamp.
  3. CWD Season: CWD season permits may be applied for only at The application period will be publicly announced. Unallocated permits will be available for sale over-the-counter from participating vendors. A maximum or 30 permits will be sold for the entire season and unfilled permits form any other season will not be valid. Stand-by permits will not be available. Hunter with a site-specific permit must sign in/out daily via self-serve check station at the Castle Rock State Park workshop. Hunters may sing into any available parking lot/area on a first come/first serve basis.
  4. Hunting is allowed with any type of weapon that is legal for statewide deer hunting during the specific season you are hunting.
  5. All deer harvested must be checked in/reported to the site prior to leaving the site AND checked-in/reported as outlined in the statewide rules and regulations for reporting deer harvested during the regular statewide deer season.

For more information about Castle Rock State Park hunting programs contact: Castle Rock State Park, 1365 W. Castle Rd., Oregon, IL. 61061 or phone (815)732-7329 between the hours of 8 am and 4 p.m.

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.