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Banner Marsh

2019-2020 Season


Location: Along US Route 24, from Glasford Junction to Banner. Various access sites.

Description: 4,000 acres. As time and budget allow, this area is targeted for restoration activities and enhancement of wildlife habitat.







Legal opening to 1:00 p.m.


Youth Waterfowl Statewide Legal opening to 1:00 p.m. Statewide, Site Permit



Legal opening to 1:00 p.m.



Sept. 1 - 30

Sept. 1 - 5: Sunrise - Noon;

Sept. 6 - 30: Statewide

Drawing Quota Statewide

Quail, Pheasant, Rabbit & Coyote

Site specifications apply

After close of Central Quota Zone Duck season


Deer (archery)

Site specifications apply

Statewide-except during the Central Zone Duck Season: Hour 1:00PM until 1/2 hour after sunset.



  1. Severe weather and safety conditions can result in closing all or part of the area.
  2. It will be unlawful to possess or consume alcoholic beverages while hunting in the area.
  3. Hunters under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


  1. All hunters ( reservation hunters and daily draw hunters) using these areas must report to the check station to register before the daily drawing for blinds at 5:00 a.m. Any blinds not claimed will be assigned by draw until 9:00 a.m.
  2. All hunting will cease at 1:00 p.m. and all hunters must report to the check station within one (1) hour. At this time ducks bagged will be checked.
  3. Based on individual blind location, hunters may have the option to access their assigned blind by foot, bicycle or personal boat. All blinds will be provided with a boat, oars, life jackets and 24 decoys. There is a 10 hp. limit on our boats. There is a 25 hp. limit on the lakes if you use your personal boat.
  4. The lake will be closed to boating and boat fishing 10 days prior to the start of waterfowl season.
  5. The Springfield permit office will issue duck permit reservations for Banner Marsh. Season dates will be announced to the public as soon as they are set by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
  6. All hunting will be from registered blind sites only, up to 4 persons (hunters or non-hunters) may occupy a blind.
  7. A current IDNR waterfowl permit must be used.
  8. A $10.00 daily usage stamp must be purchased at the site. Permit fees are payable at the public hunting area only. Do not send fee to the permit office.


  1. Site specific regulations apply. Please contact the office for further information.
  2. Dove hunting is steel shot only, size 6 or smaller. A drawing will be held 1 hour prior to Sunrise at the site office if there are more hunters than can be accommodated ( for the first 5 days of the dove season).

OTHER FACILITIES: Picnicking, boating and fishing. For further information please contact the site at 19721 N. US 24, Canton, IL 61520 (309) 647-9184.

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.