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Waterfowl Hunting

The Basics
IRAP is leasing property from private landowners for WATERFOWL HUNTING, to include duck and goose hunting, for the general public.  Illinois is in the middle of the Mississippi flyaway – making for great waterfowl hunting opportunities! So what are you waiting for?  Get registered, make a reservation, pack up your gun, shells and decoys and find a hunting partner to do the same.  Oh…and don’t forget your waders!
There is limited availability for hunting sites. They are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Sites are only available in MACOUPIN County where there are three 4-man blinds IRAP Waterfowl game Site Map
Waterfowl Hunting on IRAP leased sites is available for public hunting to registered participants during the season in all four zones from November 1 until December 31st.  Click this link for the IDNR Waterfowl Zone Map. 


IRAP Rules
  • Participants must first apply for a site/dates to hunt
  • For Foot Traffic Only.
  • No boats or ATVs.
  • Dogs are allowed and must be kept in close range of the hunter.
  • Illinois Hunting Rules and Regulations must be followed.
  • Decoys can be left during your entire reservation period (up to 5 consecutive days).
For more information about waterfowl hunting in Illinois, visit IDNR's Waterfowl Hunting Site.

 How It Works
  1. A participant must first complete an APPLICATION and mail it in to IRAP at least 21 days before the hunt dates requested.
  2. Each hunting site has a blind that can accommodate a group of four hunters.
  3. If sending in as a group, each individual hunter must fill out an application, sign the liability waiver, and send in all the group’s applications together.
  4. If a child is accompanying an adult, they too must register and have a liability waiver signed. 


IRAP access is provided through cooperation of private landowners
and the IL Dept. of Natural Resources.
Participating is this program is a special privilege.
Please be respectful, ethical and safe.
Leave site as you found it. Take ALL garbage with you.
Park vehicle in designated parking area.