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Marseilles State Fish & Wildlife Area (Upland) Hunter Fact Sheet

2014-2015 Season 


All hunting programs are dependent on national security considerations.  In the event that heightened security measurers are necessary, these hunting programs will be closed with little or no notice.  Any closure will be posted at the site, on the department website (, and will be announced through the press release.  
LOCATION: LaSalle County, 5 miles south of Interstate 80, 2 miles south of the city of Marseilles.

DESCRIPTION: This site occupies 2,515 acres, approximately 2,239 acres are huntable - Habitat Types - Timber - 1900, Grasslands - 300, Wetland/Lake - 39.  The site is predominately wooded and the terrain is fairly rugged. There is no interior vehicle access for the public. Hunters who use this area should be ready for strenuous walking if they hunt the interior. The Illinois National Guard has jurisdictional use of this site for the months of March through October. 




Special Area Regulations
(See Below)

Dove Statewide See Below See Below
Squirrel Sept. 1 - Close of site archery deer Statewide See Below
Pheasant & Quail     Statewide  Statewide     See Belos
Rabbit      Nov. 2 - Close of site pheasant  Statewide  See Below
Coyote See Below See Below Shotguns with shotshells only. See Below

All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations and Administrative Orders will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.

IMPORTANT:  All hunters are required to check in/out at the manned chesk station at Gate 60.   All hunters must surrender a valid photo I.D. (other than a driver's license) and a valid Illinois hunting license while on site.

 The National Guard trains more heavily on weekends and for that reason the site is closed to hunting on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from SEPT. 1 to OCT 31 of each year except Labor Day weekend. 

Site Specific Regulations:

  1. DOVE - Sept. 1 - 5 hours are noon  - 5 PM, statewide thereafter.  Drawing at 11:00 AM if hunter quota is exceed.  Dive hunting in specified dove fields only.  Hunters must hunt withing 10' of marked locations.  No guns allowed in the field when retrieving birds. 
  2. SQUIRREL - Shotgun only.  Closed during all firearm deer seasons.  Shot size:  Lead - #6 or smaller; steel - #4 or smaller.Squirrel season closes when site archery deer closes.  Access to area B (west of 2450 Rd) is at gate 80. 
  3. PHEASANT & QUAIL:  Closed during all site firearm deer seasons.  Shot size:  lead #5 or smaller; steel #3 or smaller.  Blaze orange cap and upper garment required.    
  4. RABBIT:  Closed during all site firearm deer seasons.  Season closes when site pheasant closes.  Shot Size:  lead #5 or smaller; steel  #3 or smaller.  Blaze orange cap and upper garment required. 
  5. COYOTE:  Season opens November 5th and closes the first Thursday after January 10th.   Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.  Shotgun with shot shells only.  Use of dogs is prohibited.  All coyote harvests must be removed from site.  

For further information contact: Site Superintendent; Illini State Park; 2660 E. 2350th Rd.; Marseilles, IL 61341  Phone: 815/795-2448

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.