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Pere Marquette

2015-2016 Season

MAP Archery Deer Hunting Application Archery Deer Hunting Regulations [Combined Document]      

INTRODUCTION: The area is managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which is responsible for providing outdoor recreation opportunities for the residents of this State. This area is rolling with steep hills and deep hollows, covered with mature timber of oak-hickory type. The entire area is well supplied with water from springs interspersed throughout the area.

DESCRIPTION: Total Acres: 8,050 Water Acres: 40 Non-forested Acres: 250 Forested Acres: 7,200
Huntable Acres: 5,000

Hunting opportuniites at Pere Marquette State Park are offered on two separate areas. The "OPEN" area is east of Graham Hollow Road (see map). The "GROUP CAMP" areas surround the camps in the northern portion of the park (see map, and additional regulations below).

A Windshield Card is required for all hunters.   All  hunters will be required to register on-line at to obtain their Windshield Card.  All hunters must possess and display the Windshield Card on the dash of the vehicle while hunting.   Hunters will be required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information. Failure to submit data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.

  1. Hunting is restricted to the "OPEN" and "GROUP CAMP" portions of the park only. No hunting will be permitted within 300 feet of roadways, developed recreation areas or residences.
  2. All hunting is to be with shotgun or bow and arrow or muzzleloading rifle only.
  3. When hunting, all vehicles must be parked at designated areas only.  Driving on fire trails is prohibited.   No ATV’s are allowed on site.
  4. No night hunting, trapping, target or trap shooting is allowed.
  5. It is unlawful to construct or use any tree stand using nails, screws, wire, or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree. Portable stands may be left unattended from September 15 - January 31 and must be legibly marked with the hunter's name, address, and telephone number. Only one tree stand is allowed per deer permit holder. NO PERMANENT TREE STANDS ALLOWED.
  6. It is unlawful to drive deer or participate in a deer drive on this property.
  7. It is unlawful to possess or consume alcoholic beverages while on site property for the purposes of hunting or trapping.
  8. It is unlawful for unauthorized persons to use or occupy this area during any hunting season when authorized hunting is in progress.


Squirrel (Shotgun only) Opens day after Labor Day "OPEN" area only
Deer (Archery) Statewide Regulations "OPEN" area only and see below
Deer (Youth Firearm) Statewide Regulations "OPEN" area only
Deer (Firearm) Statewide Regulations "OPEN" area only
Deer (Muzzleloading Rifle) Statewide Regulations "OPEN" area only
Deer (Late Winter) Statewide Regulations "OPEN" area only - closed for the 2014-2015 season
Turkey (Youth Spring) Statewide Regulations "OPEN" area only
Turkey (Spring) Statewide Regulations "OPEN" area only and see below
Turkey (Fall Archery) Statewide Regulations "OPEN" area only and see below
Turkey (Fall Shotgun) Statewide Regulations "OPEN" area only

Furbearer Trapping


  1. A valid site permit is required for trapping. Permits are issued via a public drawing held in conjunction with the drawing at the Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Area site office. All persons entering the drawing must have a current trapping license and Habitat Stamp in their possession and must be present at the time of the drawing.


Spring Turkey Hunting:


  1. Hunters must apply using the Turkey Permit Application available from the IDNR Permit Office in Springfield or online at You must select "PMSP" rather than "Jersey County"
  2. 20 hunters per season will be allowed in the entire Special Permit Area (Piasa, Ouatoga and Potawatomi Camp Areas combined). No hunting is allowed on weekends due to occupancy of camps.

Fall Archery Deer Hunting:

  1. Hunting is limited to four seasons, each approximately one week. Season begins the first week day after camps close. Special Permit Area is divided into 3 hunting areas (Piasa, Ouatoga, and Potawatomi Camp Areas).
  2. A total of 72 hunters (6 hunters per area per season) will be selected by a random drawing, held at the Visitor Center on the first working day in April.
  3. Applications are available in March at the visitor center or online at
  4. Season Dates are as follows:

    Season 1 October 27 – November 3, 2015
    Season 2 November 4– November 11, 2015

    Season 3 November 12 – November 19, 2015

    Season 4 November 25 - December 2, 2015

    5.    Hunters with a valid archery turkey permit may harvest a turkey during their hunt.

OTHER SITE FACILITIES: Trailer and tent camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, restaurant and lodging.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Pere Marquette State Park, 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Grafton, IL 62037 at (618) 786-3323.

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.