All permits will be assigned to qualified disabled applicants first, then non-disabled hunters will be allocated the remainder of open dates. Permits are only valid for the two consecutive hunting days listed on the permit. If you are not able to hunt the assigned dates, please contact the site office at 217-935-8722 as soon as possible so we can give the dates to the next person on the list.
The permit holder must be qualified to hunt (have required license, stamps, etc.) and must be present with the hunting party at all times. The permit holder may bring up to three guests (four hunters per blind). No one except the permit holder and his/her authorized guests are allowed in the Handicapped Waterfowl Hunting Area.
Hunting shall be from one-half hour before sunrise until 1:00 PM. A minimum of 12 decoys may be used in a manner consistent with normal hunting practices (i.e., spread apart). All parties must be out of the Handicapped Waterfowl Hunting Area no later than 2:00 PM.
- NO 10 gauge shotguns allowed; only 12 gauge or smaller.
- DO NOT shoot toward the overhead electrical lines next to the entrance road.
- You may only harvest ducks and geese; you must hunt only from the immediate blind area.
- If assigned Blind #1, you may bring an ATV to transport the disabled person and gear to and from the blind. A gravel/limestone trail connects the parking lot to the blind and is wide enough for vehicular access as long as it is not too wet.
- One person may take a loaded gun out of the blind ONLY to retrieve a crippled bird. NO gun may be taken south of the gravel entrance road (next to the hot water flume) FOR ANY REASON. NO dogs are allowed in the hot water discharge flume south of the gravel entrance road.
- NO assistance from Clinton Lake State Recreation Area site staff will be provided. If you cannot hunt and retrieve birds by yourself, you must bring at least one able-bodied hunting partner to assist you.
- Most of the water is less than two feet deep, although much of it has a soft bottom. There is a channel approximately 50 feet behind Blind #2, which is about four feet deep by eight feet wide. It runs west from the three foot overflow culvert and is marked along the north edge of the channel with steel posts.
- Free Site Hunting Permit/Windshield Card must be displayed in a vehicle windshield while hunting the area.
If you are assigned Blind #2, you may drop off hunters and park at the parking lot for Blind #1. You may park on the north shoulder of the road by Blind #1 if there is no room in the lot. DO NOT block the gravel lane leading from the parking lot to Blind #1.
- DO NOT park on the road.
- NON-DISABLED PERMIT HOLDERS: The permit holder must be present for the group to hunt. You may bring different guests each day, but you cannot replace guests with additional guests on the same day if someone fills their bag or needs to leave.
The last group leaving each day must close the gate and place the lock in the holes to hold the gate closed.
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.