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Starved Rock / Matthiessen State Park (Deer/Turkey) Hunter Fact Sheet

2014-2015 Season 

Starved Rock Map  Matthiessen Map  Starved Rock Nature Preserve Map         

Location: LaSalle County, 4 miles south of Interstate 80, or 1 mile south of Utica, on Ill. Routes 71 and 178.

Description: These sites occupy 4,503 acres. Approximately 4,000 acres are huntable. The sites consist of approximately 3,372 acres of woodlands, 210 acres of grasslands, and 671 acres of agricultural ground which contains both row crop and hay fields. The terrain can be very rugged in the wooded areas. There is no interior vehicle access for the public.

Species Season Hours Bag Limits Special Area Regulations
(See Below)
Archery Deer Statewide Statewide
Statewide
See#1, 2, 3, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16
Archery Turkey Statewide Statewide
Statewide
See #1, 3, 4, 6, 11, 12, 14, 16
First Firearm Deer Season Statewide Statewide
Statewide
See #1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Second Firearm Deer Season Statewide Statewide
Statewide
See #1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Muzzleloader Deer Season Statewide Statewide
Statewide
See #1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Late Firearm Season Statewide Statewide
Statewide
See #1, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

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. Zone A (Lots 18 – 21, 23 & 29)Archery Only.   Archery hunting is allowed in Zone A during all firearm seasons. 
  2. Anterless deer only in October. Either sex from November 1st to the end of the season.
  3. Parking lots 3, 5, 6 & 22 closed in October.
  4. Excludes the nature preserves and the Dells area as posted.
  5. Bonus Buck Program. First state issued permit will be for anterless deer only. After checking deer at the manned check-station at Matthiessen State Park’s maintenance building, a $5.00 permit may be issued for either sex. Check station closes at 6:00 pm.
  6. All archery hunters must check in and out at the board in the Matthiessen State Park Dells area prior to hunting.  The check station at Matthiessen State Park will be manned during the Firearm & Muzzleloader seasons only.
  7. All firearm & muzzleloader hunters must have a site specific permit and are required to check in before 5:00 AM at the Matthiessen State Park Check-Station. A drawing to allocate standby permits will be held at 5:30 am.  Stand-by hunters will be allowed to enter the field after the drawing at 5:30 am.& 12:00 pm.
  8. Standby permits are site specific for Starved Rock & Matthiessen, are only valid for the day they are issued, and cost $5 each. No other deer permits are required. A stand-by hunter may purchase up to two (2) one-day only site-specific anterless-only permits each day. Non-resident stand-by hunters are required to have a non-resident hunting license, and a current habitat stamp.
  9. Unless exempt, all hunters will be required to furnish the following on the morning of the hunt: valid FOID card, current hunting license, and current habitat stamp.
  10. Hunters who wish to change hunting areas must report to the check station prior to moving.
  11. All firearm hunters are required to wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches. Archery hunters in ZONE A must wear blaze orange during all firearm seasons.
  12. Tree stands must be portable and must be tagged with the hunter’s name, address, and phone number. All stands must be removed daily.
  13. Deer must be field dressed at least 100' from any road, trail, or developed area. Any debris or body parts generated by field dressing must remain at least 100' from any road, trail, or developed area.
  14. All deer or turkey harvested must also be checked in/reported as outlined in the statewide rules & regulations for reporting deer/turkey harvested during the regular statewide deer seasons.
  15. All hunters MUST attend the safety talk before entering the field.
  16. Further restrictions may exist. See posted regulations before hunting.
  17. Special CWD season hunters must have a Starved Rock Site Specific Permit in order to hunt. Hunters are required to self-check in/out at Matthiessen State Park. There will be no stand-by permits sold.

It Shall Be Unlawful:

  1. To construct or use any stand, climbing device or accessory using nails, screws, or any device which pierces, cuts, or otherwise damages the bark of the tree on which it is installed.
  2. To park or hunt in any area to which you have not been assigned. To be off trails after hunting season.
  3. For unauthorized vehicles to enter upon any trail.
  4. To hunt with other than a shotgun,handgun or muzzleloader during the firearm deer seasons, a muzzleloader during the muzzleloader deer season, or a bow & arrow during archery deer season.
  5. 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.
  6. To possess weapons in the field except during hunting hours and while engaged in hunting.
  7. To remove deer antlers from any State Park, Nature Preserve or Land & Water Preserve.

Other Activities / Facilities Available: Dining, lodge facilities.
For further information, contact: Site Superintendent; Starved Rock State Park; P.O. Box 509; Utica, IL 61373 Phone: 815/667-4726                                                                                                     Revised June 2014


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.