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  3. Illinois Recreational Access Program

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!

Who can apply: 

  • Any legally licensed hunter who has completed their hunter safety course (if born in 1980 or after) and who complies with all Illinois hunting laws.
  • Youth (under age 19) All youth hunters must have a non-hunting supervisor
  • 1st-Time Adult (someone who has not hunted waterfowl in past five years)
  • Adult (any qualified hunter)
 
 

Where: 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 .

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. 

 
 

How It Works

  • A participant must first complete an APPLICATION and mail it in to IRAP at least 21 days before the hunt dates requested.

  • Each hunting site has a blind that can accommodate a group of four hunters.

  • 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.

  • If a child is accompanying an adult, they too must register and have a liability waiver signed.

Beginning in 2019, hunters MUST fill out a survey after each hunt. Future hunting privileges are dependent on the return of your survey. For your convenience, an online survey is linked at the top of the page or click the link here.

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.

 

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.