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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?  Complete and mail in your application today. Pack up your gun, shells and decoys and find a hunting partner or two to do the same.  Oh…and don’t forget your waders!
There is limited availability for hunting sites. Only 7 sites are available in the following counties:

  Macoupin -   Impoundment
  Sangamon - Impoundment
  Schuyler -    Illinois River 
  • These sites are privately owned and the exact locations are not public; however,
  • once an applicant applies and is awarded a site, a map with directions will be sent approx. 2 weeks prior assigned hunting period.
  • Groups of up to four hunters may apply for each site.
  • Sites are reserved for the hunter(s) for five-day periods.
  • Only the Macoupin county sites have 4-man blinds.

Waterfowl Hunting on IRAP leased sites is available for public hunting to registered participants from November 1st until December 31st.  Follow this link for the IDNR Waterfowl Zone Map .
Download and print your Waterfowl Application or use the Fillable.pdf application 

 How It Works

  • A participant must complete and sign their IRAP Waterfowl Application and Liability Waiver  and mail, fax or email it to IRAP (see application).
  • If the hunter is under 18 years of age, he/she must hunt with an adult.
  • If the adult is not their parent or guardian, then permission must be given by completing a Parent Authorization Form.
  • Applications must be received 21 days before the requested 5-day hunt period.
  • If hunting as a group, all applications must be mailed together.
  • A lottery will be held approximately 20 days before each period.
  • Successful applicants will be mailed a site packet which contains a map of the site with driving and parking directions; a site permit and parking permit along with a survey.
  • If a child is accompanying an adult, they too must register.

IRAP Rules

  • Participants must first complete and mail in an application for a site at least 21 days before the hunting period they are requesting.
  • 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.