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Kankakee River State Park  Hunter Fact Sheet

2014-2015 Season 

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INTRODUCTION: The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation opportunity for the residents of the State. Of particular concern is providing safe hunting areas on public lands throughout the State. This Hunter Fact Sheet contains information relating to most of the hunting programs at Kankakee River State Park. The furbearer hunting is only allowed on the south side of the Kankakee River. One of the highest quality rivers in the entire state, the Kankakee River basin boasts a long tradition of hunting dating back to pre-settlement times. Rich mature hardwoods bordering the river mark this linear park.

DIRECTIONS: The Site Office is located 6 Miles west of Bourbonnais on Rt. 102.

DESCRIPTION:  

Total Acres: 4000     Huntable Acres: 2000

Habitat Types:     Woodland: 1780     Wetlands: 600     Open: 1680

Please set an example, police all your spent shells.

PROGRAM DATES & HOURS OTHER REQUIREMENTS - Please pick up your spent shells
Permit Dove Sept. 1 - 5,
12 noon - 5 p.m.
Permit holders sign-in at Area 6 by 11am, vacant positions may be filled at 11am by stand-by sign ins if necessary, statewide bag limit, all hunters must check out by 5:15pm, no loaded guns to and from field, no guns in field to retrieve downed birds, hunt w/in 10 feet of marked location only in assigned field, shot size 6 or smaller federally approved non-toxic shot only, report your harvest upon sign-out. No non-hunters in the field while hunting is in progress. Successful applicants will not be mailed a permit but will be notified by email or can access the reservation inquiry system and print out the permit and regulations for the site. Persons receiving permits via phone will be told how to access the online reservation inquiry system and print out their permit and regulations. Phone reservations will be issued up to 48 hours ahead of the date of the hunt.
Non-permit Dove Sept. 6 - 30, Noon - Sunset Statewide bag limit, first come first served sign in, No loaded guns to and from the field, no guns into the field, NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY, size 6 or smaller allowed, must hunt within 10 feet of marked location only in dove fields, must report harvest. No non-hunters in the field.
Squirrel Day after Labor Day, Sept.30 May only hunt south of the Kankakee River, hunters must obtain a free site permit online from the Department website. This permit must be displayed under the vehicle windshield, face up, with the permit number visible and the pocket portion in possession while hunting at the site. Hunters must report their annual harvest online (even if the hunter did not hunt) by February 15 or two weeks after the season closes for those seasons ending after February 1. Hunters shall forfeit their hunting privileges at the site for the following year if they fail to report by the above deadline.  http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/windshieldcard
Deer Archery Statewide Statewide North of River area A, B, and C Season closes December 31; on the south side of river deer hunters must wear blaze orange when upland game hunting is in progress; hunters must obtain a free site permit online from the Department website. This permit must be displayed under the vehicle windshield, face up, with the permit number visible and the pocket portion in possession while hunting at the site. Hunters must report their annual harvest online (even if the hunter did not hunt) by February 15 or two weeks after the season closes for those seasons ending after February 1. Hunters shall forfeit their hunting privileges at the site for the following year if they fail to report by the above deadline, tree stands must be portable, non-piercing and removed daily. You must report your harvest via the statewide call-in system. West of Warner Bridge Rd. is Will Co., east of Warner Bridge is Kankakee Co. Coyotes and raccoon may also be harvested by bow and arrow. No non-hunters in the field while hunting is in progress.  Furbearer hunting may occur after the close of the upland season. http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/windshieldcard
Controlled Hunt Statewide 9am-4pm Non-permit holders register to hunt by 8:25am, drawing for available positions at 8:30am sharp; when quota not filled hunters may register until 12:00 pm for any vacancies; must wear site issued back patch; limit 2 pheasants either sex, 4 rabbits and partridge, quail may not be harvest; shot an flu-flu arrows are allowed, blaze orange required, daily usage stamp required; permit holder must be present prior to daily drawing, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 70% permit 30% Draw. Youth Hunts will be announced publicly. No non-hunters in the field while hunting is in progress.
Spring Turkey - Also Youth Turkey Hunting Statewide Legal Open to 12 noon Site specific permits will be issued through the statewide lottery system for both regular and youth permits, and will be valid for one season only, please contact site for a map and rules, use caution near established trails. Report your harvest to the site and state call-in system as required. Hunters are allowed only 1 non-hunting partner that may call for the hunter.
Physically Challenged Archery Deer Hunt Call for dates, Statewide hours Heavily Organized hunt. Pre-registration required. Contact park office for information and registration forms.

For additional information please contact: Kankakee River State Park, 5314 W. Rt. 102, Bourbonnais, IL 60914, 815-933-1383


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.