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 the waterfowl hunting program at the Kankakee River State Park. Waterfowl hunting is from numbered sites from constructed waterfowl blinds along the Kankakee River. One of the highest quality rivers in the entire state, the Kankakee boasts a long tradition of hunting dating back to pre-settlement times. Heavy rains may results in dramatically rising water conditions, so caution is required.
DIRECTIONS: The site office is located 6 Miles west of Bourbonnais on Rt. 10
DESCRIPTION: Sand, cobble and bed rock bottom in many areas; shallow in most areas
Total Acres- 4000
Huntable Acres- Only from designated blinds within the Waterfowl Management Area on the Kankakee River.
WATERFOWL HUNTING REGULATIONS
Section A. General Hunting Regulations
All applicable regulations found in the Wildlife Code of 1971 Federal Regulations and Administrative Order 510 shall apply, unless the site regulations are more restrictive.
Section B. Waterfowl Definitions
1. Blind site- A position within 10 feet of a numbered stake where a blind must be constructed.
2. Blind builder- Person that has been assigned a blind as result of the random drawing.
3. Blind partner- Person(s) chosen by the blind builder to assist in the construction and maintenance of the blind and to share in its hunting privileges and responsibilities.
4. Drawing- Procedure by which blinds are randomly assigned.
5. Blind registration card- Card issued by the Department and affixed to each blind listing the names and addresses of the blind builders.
6. Completed blind- A blind with all the framework and siding constructed and in readiness for use as determined by the DWHB
Section C. Blind Construction and Allocation of Blinds
1. Blind sites shall be determined by the Department and marked by numbers.
2. All blinds shall be allocated for one hunting season by public drawing. The time and place for the drawing will be publicly announced by the Department.
3. Registrants for the drawing must be at least 16 years old and possess a current or preceding year's Ill. hunting license, a current or previous year's Ill. Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, unless exempted by law. Applicants must be present at the time of registration and drawing to be eligible to receive a blind at the drawing.
4. Blinds must be placed at or within 10 feet of an IDNR marked site, be at least 4' by 8', sturdy enough to withstand daily usage, and must be maintained in good condition by the blind builders throughout the season. Boat hides are not required. You may not use giant reed grass (Phragmites or other noxious plant with the seed heads attached) to camouflage your blind. Please clean up around your blind areas.
5. Blinds built over water must be of platform construction with the platform constructed above normal water conditions or they may be floating blinds.
6. Blinds must be completed, including final brushing, 3 weeks in advance of the opening date of the central zone duck season, after which time the Department of Natural Resources will inspect all blinds and blind sites and issue Blind Registration Cards to those which pass inspection. Blind builders must post the Blind Registration Card in the blind prior to the first day of duck season. If adverse water conditions make compliance with this rule difficult, the District Wildlife Biologist may grant exceptions to the schedule. Failure to comply with guidelines may result in loss of blind rights and use.
7. Sites on which blinds have not been built, as well as sites on which blinds of an unsatisfactory quality have been built, will be reassigned to alternates selected at the drawing. All reassigned blinds and boat hides must be completed, including final brushing, in advance of the opening date of the central waterfowl season.
8. Previous year's blind builders shall have until Feb. 1 to salvage materials from the blind sites, after which blind materials on site become property of the Department or the new blind builders.
9. No more than 3 persons shall be registered for assignment at any one blind site. Blind builders shall submit partner names on a blind registration form as directed by August 31. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the blind. After August 31 no changes will be accepted.
10. No person shall be allowed to be a blind builder or partner on more than one Waterfowl Management Area in Illinois.
11. Blind winners will be provided forms of the purpose of maintaining waterfowl harvest records. The forms must be completed and returned by February 15th, or the blind builders and partners for that blind will not be allowed to be a blind builder or partner at this site for the following year.
Section D. Waterfowl Hunting Regulations
1. Blind builders or partners must occupy their blinds 1/2 hour before opening shooting time each day in order to claim their blind.
2. Attempts to claim blinds by any manner other than actual occupation shall be considered in violation of this part, and shall be cause for arrest. The insertion of a boat into the boat hide and/or the spreading of decoys before a blind shall not be considered legal occupation of a blind.
3. A blind not legally occupied by 1/2 hour before opening shooting hour each day may be claimed by anyone on a first come basis.
4. No person shall fish within 250 yards of an occupied blind within the hunting area.
5. No person shall hunt, or attempt to hunt, waterfowl and coots except from within a registered blind.
6. No person under 16 years of age shall hunt, or attempt to hunt, unless accompanied by an adult.
7. All hunting parties shall hunt with at least 12 decoys. Decoys shall be staked, placed, or floating, be individually visible, be at least 8 inches long, and not be within a boat, blind or container.
8. No person shall trespass, for any purpose, on areas posted as Refuge or Waterfowl Rest Areas.
9. Not more than 4 persons shall occupy a blind at one time.
10. Blinds shall not be locked.
11. Claiming or attempting to claim a blind which is legally occupied, and/or to harass, in any manner, the occupants of a blind which has been legally occupied is unlawful.
Section E. Other Waterfowl Seasons
1.Early teal and Canada goose seasons are not allowed within the Kankakee River State Park Waterfowl Management Unit. The site is open for the youth season.
2.There is no late goose season within the Kankakee River State Park Waterfowl Management Unit past the close of the Canada goose season.
3.Hunting is from numbered sites only.
For additional information please contact: Kankakee River State Park, 5314 W. Rt. 102, Bourbonnais, IL 60914, 815-933-1383
Return Kill Sheets to: District Wildlife Biologist, 30550 S. Boathouse Rd., Wilmington, IL 60481 or fax to 815-476-7690
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.