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Mackinaw River Hunter Fact Sheet

2013-2014 Season 

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LOCATION: Five (5) miles northeast of Mackinaw.

DESCRIPTION: 1,428 acres of rolling terrain dominated by two miles of Mackinaw River frontage; 60% timbered, 40% open meadow, agriculture field and two interior ponds.

AVAILABLE GAME SPECIES:

Species   Season   Hunting Hours Bag Limits Special Regulations
Squirrel  Aug.1 - Sept.30, the season reopens the day after the archery deer season closes and remains open until the end of the statewide season. Statewide  Statewide  Hunters must obtain a free site permit available online.
Dove  Sept.1-Sept.5 12 Noon - 5 P.M.  Statewide  Site Permit / Hunter Quota
Dove  Sept.6-Sept.30 Sunrise - Sunset Statewide  Sign-In / Sign-Out
Deer (Archery) Statewide  Statewide  Statewide  Hunters must obtain a free site permit available online.
Deer (Firearm) Statewide Statewide  Statewide  Site Permit Required / Standby Hunting Allowed
Turkey  Spring  Statewide  Statewide  Site Permit / Hunter Quota
Turkey (Archery) Fall  Statewide  Statewide  Hunters must obtain a free site permit available online.
Rabbit  Permit Only   Statewide  Statewide  Site Permit/Hunter Quota
Quail  Permit Only Statewide  Statewide  Site Permit/Hunter Quota
Pheasant  Permit Only Statewide  Statewide  Site Permit/Hunter Quota
Furbearers - Trapping Only Statewide - Units allocated through a drawing held at the site Statewide Statewide Site Permit Required / submit trapping report within two weeks after season closes.

HUNTING REGULATIONS:

Note: Free Site Permit (windshield card) available online at www.dnr.illinois.gov

  1. Quail, rabbit and pheasant hunters must wear a cap and upper garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches at all Department owned or managed sites. No upland game hunting during firearm deer season. A free site permit is required to hunt rabbit, pheasant and quail. Permit holders may bring no more than five hunting partners allowing for a maximum of six hunters. Site permits are issued through a lottery drawing from the Springfield Office. Youth Pheasant Hunt will be held on the Saturday before regular Upland Game opening. 
  2. Squirrel hunters must obtain a free site permit (windshield card) available online and report harves online prior to March 15th. Failure to report harvest will result in loss of hunting privileges at this site for the following year. Squirrel hunters are allowed to use shotguns, .22 caliber or smaller rimfire firearms, muzzleloading black powder rifles and air rifles.
  3. Deer archery hunters must obtain a free site permit (windshield card) available online and report harvest online prior to Bebruary 15th. Failure to report harvest will result in loss of hunting privileges at this site for the following year. It is unlawful to construct or use any tree stand using nails, screws or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. Tree stands may be left unattended from Sept.15 through Jan.31. Any tree stand left unattended must be legibly marked with the owner's name, address and telephone number or site assigned identification number. No bow hunting during firearm deer season.
  4. Deer firearm permit holders are issued a site permit from the Springfield permit office.  Permit holders must register at the check station by 5:00 a.m. each day of the hunt.  Unvalidated permits are void after 5:00 a.m.  Vacancies each day will be filled by a drawing held at 5:00 a.m.  Vacancies may be filled by any person holding a valid hunting license, Habitat Stamp and Firearm Owner Identification Card unless exempt.  Standby hunters will be issued a one day site specific deer permit at the check station and charged a permit fee of $5.00.  All hunters must check out and report harvest.  Tree stands may be left unattended from September 15 - January 31.  Any tree stand left unattended overnight must be legibly marked with the owner's name, adress and telephone number or site assigned identification number.
  5. Dove hunter quotas are filled by permits issued from the Springfield office for Sept.1-5.  Permit holders must check in at the site office/check station prior to 11:00 a.m. Permits are void after 11:00 a.m. Permit holders may bring one hunting partner. Daily drawing for unclaimed permits will be held at 11:00 a.m. Hunters must check out at the site office/check station. Starting Sept. 6, hunters must sign-in at the site office sign-in box. Blind sites starting Sept 6 will be issued on a first come basis. Hunters must sign-out at the site office/check station sign-out box. Dove hunters must possess non-toxic shot. #6 steel shot or smallare on this area.
  6. Turkey hunter permits for spring shotgun season will be issued from the Springfield office. Turkey fall archery hunters must obtain a free site permit (windshield card) available onlie and report harvest online prior to February 15th. Failure to report harvest will result in loss of hunting privileges at this site for the following year.
  7. All hunting, other than squirrel hunting, is restricted to shotgun or bow except that muzzle loading rifles and handguns are permitted during the firearm deer season. Handguns allowed are centerfire revolvers or centerfire single shot .30 caliber or larger with a minimum barrel length of 4 inches.
  8. It is unlawful to possess or consume any alcoholic beverages while hunting on this area.
  9. It is unlawful to ride horses on this site or allow horses to enter this site.

OTHER FACILITIES: Picnicking, Hiking, Fishing


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