There are no Dove fields this year due to rainy Spring. The site will be closed Labor Day weekend but will be open Labor Day.
ALL HUNTING AT MSFWA WILL BE LIMITED TO AREA B HUNTER PARKING LOT #80 FOR SEPT. 18TH - SEPT. 25TH AND NOV 1ST - NOV. 13TH DUE TO NATIONAL ACTIVITIES.
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 (www.dnr.illinois.gov), 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
||Sept. 1 - Close of site archery deer
|Pheasant & Quail & Rabbit
||See Below. Rabbit closes when pheasant/quail season closes. |
||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 and report their harvest at the parking lot self check station.
ATTENTION DOVE & SQUIRREL HUNTERS: 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:
- DOVE - Due to wet conditions, Dove field was not planted in 2015. Sept. 1 - 5 hours are noon - 5 PM, statewide thereafter.
- 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.
- PHEASANT, QUAIL & RABBIT: Closed during all site firearm deer seasons. Shot size: lead #5 or smaller; steel #3 or smaller. Blaze orange cap and upper garment required. Rabbit season closes when pheasant/quail season closes.
- COYOTE: Closed during all site firearm deer seasons. 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