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Mautino State Fish & Wildlife Area Hunter Fact Sheet

2014-2015 Season 


Location: The Mautino State Fish & Wildlife Area is located in Bureau County south of Sheffield and west of Buda on the Buda Blacktop between IL Route 40 and US Route 34.

Description: Mautino SFWA is mostly un reclaimed strip mine ground containing several lakes of various sized. The site contains 911 total acres, 891 acres of which are available for archery deer and turkey hunting and 40 acres are available for dove hunting.




Bag Limit

Special Area Regulations (See below)


1 - 5 SEP

Noon - 5 PM


See # 1, 3, 4, 5, 11


6 - 30 SEP



See # 2, 3, 4, 5, 11

See # 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11


Statewide fall archery



See # 3, 6, 7, 8, 11

Coyote, Racoon
See #9
See #3, 6, 7, 11 


See #12



See # 3, 12

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

Special Area Regulations:

  1. During the first five days of the season, all hunters must register with the check station personnel. The site hunter quota will be filled by a drawing held at 11 a.m. Non-hunters are NOT ALLOWED in the field during this time.
  2. Beginning September 6, all hunters must register and report their harvest at the hunter registration box. Non hunters allowed in the field with the dove hunter during this period.
  3. Hunting is allowed in designated areas only. Doves, turkeys, coyotes, and raccoons may not be cleaned on the site.
  4. Hunting is from perimeter of field within 10 feet of numbered stakes.
  5. Only non-toxic shot (as defined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 50 CFR 20), #6 steel shot or smaller or #7½ bismuth shot, tungsten, or HeviShot or smaller, may be possessed.
  6. Each hunter must obtain and display a windshield permit when deer hunting at this site. The windshield permits are available online at . Navigate to "hunting/trapping" then "public hunting areas" to register and obtain the permit. If you need assistance in obtaining the permit, report to or contact the Hennepin Canal Office at 815/454-2328. (Hunter will be required to return to this website to report heir harvest no later than February 15th each year. Failure to submit the data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year. The survey is required even if you do not hunt.)
  7. Deer, fall turkey, and coyote hunting are archery only. (Must be registered for archery deer hunting and have a site deer windshield permit to be able to harvest rurkey and coyote with appropriate licenses and stamps)
  8. Any deer or turkey harvested must also be checked in / reported as outlined in the statewide rules & regulations for reporting deer harvests during the regular statewide seasons.
  9. Season open only when the site archery deer season is open.
  10. Deer must be field dressed at least 50' from any road, trail or developed area. Any debris or body parts generated by field dressing must remain at least 50' from any road, trail , or developed area. We request that you not drag your game on trails being used by non-hunters.
  11. Further restrictions may exist. See posted regulations before hunting.
  12. Upland hunting is available only with a Free Upland Game permit through the online lottery. Hunt days are opening weekend, Wednesdays and Saturdays in November and Thursdays and Sundays in December until Christmas Eve.

It Shall Be Unlawful:

  1. For any person to consume any alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs or to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on the area for the purpose of hunting.
  2. To park other than in designed parking areas.
  3. To construct or use any stand or accessory using nails, screws, or any devise which pierces, cuts or otherwise damages the bark of the tree on which it is installed or to trim limbs and /or cut woody vegetation to enhance the stand location.
  4. To be in the hunting area during the season if you are not hunting except as noted.
  5. To possess an uncased shotgun outside of the hunting area.
  6. To light or use an open fire within the hunting area.
  7. To hunt at the area if the Site Superintendent or his authorized representative determine and announce that conditions are unsafe and have posted the area accordingly.
  8. To hunt on this area without first declaring game killed on a previous hunt; either on the hunter’s person or in his vehicle.

Other facilities / activities available: Fishing. For further information contact: Hennepin Canal State Trail; 16006 875 E. Street; Sheffield, IL 61361 Phone: 815/454-2328

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.