The Kishwaukee River Area is located in DeKalb County, on the northwest outskirts
of Kirkland, IL. From US Route 72 in Kirkland , take Kirkland Rd. north for
approximately .2 miles. Turn left into the entrance for the Kishwaukee River
State Fish & Wildlife Area and the Potawatomi Woods Forest Preserve - follow
signs to the hunter parking lots.
OF THE AREA: This site encompasses a total of 570 acres; approx.
484 acres of the site are included in the hunting program. The majority of the
area consists of hardwood forest with some interspersion of grassy open areas,
wetlands, areas recently planted to woody tree and shrub seedlings and has a
small amount of Ag acreage. The hunting area is bordered on the north by the
Kishwaukee River and on the south by the railroad track right of way. The area
was purchased by the State in 2002 and, as time and budget allow, is being restored
and enhanced for wildlife.
Specific permit required (see
A & B below)
Hunting by site specific permit only. Hunters must possess a spring turkey
permit issued specifically for the Kiswaukee River SFWA, for the season they are hunting, in
order to hunt on this area.
Sign-in and Sign-out. All hunters are required to sign-in, sign-out,
and report any turkeys harvested on the check station forms. In addition, all
turkeys harvested on this site must be reported via the statewide telephone
reporting system as outlined on your turkey hunting permit.
All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife
Code, Federal Regulations and Administrative Orders will apply unless area regulations
are more restrictive.
SHALL BE UNLAWFUL:
any persons to consume any alcoholic beverage, including beer and wine, while
on the area for the purpose of hunting.
hunt in any restricted area or any area not designated as open to hunting.
park anywhere except in designated parking areas; or, for ANY
motorized vehicle to enter upon any trail or off-road area.
enter onto any private property, for any reason, without
first obtaining permission from the owner of the property -
this also includes all adjacent DeKalb County Forest Preserve property.
- Hunters must have a Kishwaukee River Site Specific Turkey Permit (issued specifically for the season they are hunting) to hunt this site. Hunters may apply by selecting the Kishwaukee River State F&W Area as their choice of hunting area on their Turkey Permit application. Applications are submitted to, and processed by, the Springfield Permit Office. In addition to a site specific permit, hunters are required to possess all required licenses, Habitat stamp, and FOID card.
- All hunters are required
to sign-in, sign-out, and report any turkeys harvested on the check station
addition to reporting all turkeys harvested on the site's sign-in/sign-out
sheets, all turkeys harvested on this site must be reported via the statewide
telephone reporting system as outlined on your turkey hunting permit; be sure
to report it as harvested on a Special Hunt area (Kishwaukee River) and NOT
as DeKalb County.
statewide regulations as to weapon type, shot size, draw weight, arrow type,
etc., will apply on this site.
more information: Shabbona Lake State Park, 4201 Shabbona Grove Rd.,
Shabbona, IL. 60550 ( 815) 824 2106.
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.