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Mississippi River State Fish & Wildlife Area Hunter Fact Sheet

2014-2015 Season 

Waterfowl Hunting Information - Area Regulations  Aerial Photo Maps           

The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreational opportunities for the residents of Illinois. The Mississippi River Area comprises twelve waterfowl management areas, five of which have check stations. These are located within pools 25 and 26 on the Mississippi and lower Illinois Rivers, in Jersey and Calhoun counties. Headquarters of the Mississippi River Area is located at Rosedale, approximately eleven miles north of Grafton, Illinois on Route 100.

General Regulations:

  1. It is unlawful to trespass on areas designated as waterfowl rest areas 14 days prior to duck season and until the end of duck season at Godar Refuge, Crull Impoundment Refuge, Dan Hudgins Rest Area and Batchtown Refuge. (Areas indicated by dotted line on the maps.)
  2. Fishing is permitted, except on waterfowl rest areas (until the end of waterfowl season), waterfowl areas as posted during waterfowl season, and within 250 yards of an occupied blind on the open river. Commercial fishing is allowed within the management areas by permit only.
  3. There is no restriction on outboard motor size.
  4. Dog training permits are required for training purposes and may be obtained from the Headquarters during regular business hours. The permits are valid from April 1 through March 31 annually. Hunting of all game species is permitted in all areas according to statewide, Federal and site specific regulations as listed, except in access areas, waterfowl rest areas (see above) and within 200 yards of occupied waterfowl blinds during waterfowl season.
  5. It is unlawful to possess or consume alcoholic beverages while on the site property for purposes of hunting or trapping.
  6. Parking allowed along roadways and in parking areas only. No driving off roadway. No ATV's are allowed on site.
  7. No camping allowed.
  8. During duck season, no one is allowed to access the designated duck hunting areas by launching a boat at certain specifically posted boat ramps except waterfowl hunters; boat ramps re-open to other hunters the day after duck season closes.

Waterfowl Hunting Regulations:

  1. Waterfowl blind sites are allocated by public drawing for a three-year period. Blinds must be built to site specifications and maintained in a safe usable condition. Blind builders are re-registered annually and blinds not registered and/or not constructed are re-allocated.
  2. Season and bag limits will be determined by the state and Federal regulations.
  3. Hunting times will be from legal opening to 3:30 p.m. central standard time at Calhoun Point, Stump Lake, Glades-12 Mile, Batchtown, Godar Diamond, and Fuller Lake. Legal opening to legal close for areas not listed, except Red's Landing Walk-in Area, RipRap Walk-in Area, 12-mile Island Walk-in Area, Turner Island Walk-in Area and Maple Island Walk-in Area close at 12:00 pm.
  4. All waterfowl hunting must be done from within a staked and registered waterfowl blind, except at Red’s Landing, RipRap Landing, Turner Island, Kelly Island, and 12 Mile Island where walk-in areas are provided.
  5. No person less than 16 years of age may hunt on this area unless accompanied by an adult.
  6. No more than four persons may occupy a blind at one time.
  7. Each hunting party is required to hunt over a minimum of twelve decoys.

Check Station Areas (Stump Lake, Glades, Godar-Diamond, Batchtown and Calhoun Point):

  1. Hunters must report to the check station, fill out the information card, show hunting license and receive required materials before proceeding to blinds. Registered blind builders must report to the check station one hour before shooting time each day in order to claim their blind. Blinds not claimed by blind builders at this time will be available for assignment by drawing. Additional assignment of vacant or vacated blind will resume at 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Because of budget limitations, this procedure may change. Check with the site office before coming to hunt.
  2. All hunters must occupy their blind within one hour after the blind is assigned.
  3. Upon vacating blinds, all hunters must report within one hour to the check station to complete hunter harvest card and deposit in box provided.

Non-check Station Areas:

  1. Registered blind builders in non-check station areas must occupy blinds by one-half hour before shooting time each day; otherwise the blind will be available to non-blind builders.

Walk-in Hunting:

  1. Red’s Landing is open to all hunting by site and statewide regulations; access by walk-in or boats without motors only. Hunting from legal opening until 12:00 p.m. C.S.T.daily, no access before 4:00 a.m. C.S.T. daily. No permanent blinds. Hunting parties will not hunt over less than 12 decoys or more than 24. Decoys must be picked up daily. No vehicles allowed.
  2. Walk-in hunting area at RipRap Landing – area is open to all hunting by site and statewide regulations, access by walk-in or boats without motors only. Hunting from legal opening until 12:00 P.M. CST daily, no access before 4:00 a.m. C.S.T. daily. No permanent blinds. Hunting parties will not hunt over less than 12 decoys or more than 24. Decoys must be picked up daily. No vehicles allowed.
  3. Walk-in hunting is provided in all interior lakes and sloughs of Turner, Kelly and 12 Mile Islands.

Deer Hunting Regulations:

  1. Deer hunting (Youth Firearm, Archery, Firearm, Muzzleloading Rifle and Late Winter Seasons) is allowed on all areas except access areas, and waterfowl rest areas (which close 15 days prior to duck season) during duck season and within 200 yards of an occupied duck blind with the appropriate county and/or state permit. Late Winter Firearm is closed for the 2014-2015 season.
  2. It is unlawful to drive deer or participate in a deer drive on all Department-owned or-managed properties. A deer drive is defined as a deliberate action by one or more persons (whether armed or unarmed) whose intent is to cause deer to move within firearm range of one or more participating hunters.
  3. It is unlawful to construct or to use any tree stand using nails, screws, wire or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. All tree stands must be portable and may be left unattended from September 15 - January 21. One stand per hunter. Any stand left unattended during the week hunted must be tagged and labeled with name, address and telephone number. NO PERMANENT TREE STANDS ALLOWED.
  4. It is unlawful to track deer with dogs on any Department-owned or-managed site during hours when deer hunting is being conducted. Dogs must be certified as deer tracking dogs by a national dog tracking organization.
  5. It is unlawful to use or occupy a ground blind during any firearm deer season, unless at least 400 square inches of solid , vivid blaze orange material is attached to the upper most portion of the blind and a substantial amount of orange is visible for 360 degrees.
  6. During duck season only deer hunters may not access the designated duck hunting areas by launching a boat at certain specifically posted boat ramps; boat ramps reopen to deer hunters the day after duck season closes.
  7. Parking allowed along roadways and in parking areas only.
  8. Deer hunting in Red's Landing Walk-in Area and RipRap Landing Walk-in Area, 12 mile Island Walk-in Area, Turner Island Walk-in Area and Maple Island Walk-in Area opens at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) daily and runs to legal closing time during duck season. Statewide regulations during remainder of season.

Wild Turkey (Spring):

  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. Permit for the appropriate County required.
  3. All of the areas within the Mississippi River Area are subject to spring flooding and could be under water during the Spring turkey season.

Wild Turkey (Fall Gun):

  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. Permit for the appropriate County required.

Wild Turkey (Fall Archery):

  1. Statewide regulations.

Squirrel:

  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. Shotgun, .22 rimfire rifle or smaller

Dove:

  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. ONLY NON-TOXIC SHELLS ARE PERMITTED AT THIS SITE. Steel shot size #6 or smaller is allowed.

Upland Game (cock pheasant, Hungarian Partridge, bobwhite quail and rabbit)):

  1. Statewide regulations.

Woodcock, Snipe and Rail:

  1. Statewide regulations.

Crow:

  1. Statewide regulations.

Teal:

  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. Blind builders must claim their blinds 1/2 hour before shooting time or the blind is open for that day's hunt; no hunting allowed in the designated Batchtown Waterfowl rest area, Crull Hollow Waterfowl rest area and Godar Waterfowl rest area.

Early Canada Goose:

  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. Blind builders must claim their blinds 1/2 hour before shooting time or the blind is open for that day's hunt; no hunting allowed in the designated Batchtown Waterfowl rest area, Crull Hollow Waterfowl rest area and Godar Waterfowl rest area.

Furbearer Hunting:

  1. Statewide regulations (raccoon and coyote only)
  2. Shotgun, bow and arrow, .22 rimfire file or smaller.

Furbearer Trapping:

  1. A Site permit is required. Trapping permits will be awarded by a special drawing held at the Site office the first Wednesday following the opening of duck season. Fourteen trapping permit areas, including Copperhead Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area area available for drawing.
  2. Perspective trapping permit applicants are required to present a valid Trapping License and Habitat Stamp for the current year.
  3. Only Egg Traps, D-P (Dog-Proof) Traps, box traps, cage traps and traps of similar design may be used for land sets.
  4. Only body gripping traps with a jaw spread of 4 1/2 inches or less and square body-gripping traps with a 10-inch jaw spread may be used for water sets.
  5. Trapping will be permitted from the statewide opening, except during the waterfowl season, live traps and land sets only. All trapping will be permitted after the close of waterfowl season.
  6. No traps are to be set without tags.
  7. Trappers are required to report harvest to the Site by April 15th.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Area, 17836 State Highway 100 N, Grafton, Illinois 62037. Telephone: (618) 376-3303.


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