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Chain O' Lakes State Park

2017-2018 Season

MAP    Additional Firearm Deer Regulations                         

INTRODUCTION: The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation opportunities for the residents of the State. Of particular concern is providing adequate safe hunting areas on public lands throughout the State. This Hunter Fact Sheet contains information relating to the hunting programs at Chain O' Lakes State Park.
DIRECTIONS: Site office is located on Wilmot Rd., just south of Route 173.
DESCRIPTION: Total area: 6,023 acres; huntable acres 2,500 consisting of woodland, prairie, marsh and ponds. (Late deer season - Oak Point total area: 1,250 huntable acres; approx 250 consisting of woodland, marsh & ponds.)

  • Non-toxic shot only
  • Each hunting program has additional rules & regulations. Contact park for information.
  • Handicapped hunting opportunities may be available. Contact park for information.
  1. All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code and Administrative Orders will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.
  2. Hunters check in at check station before hunting; hunters must check-out before leaving the park for any reason. Harvest must be reported at check station.
  3. Hunters are required to wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 squre inches (pheasant season, clean up season & firearm deer season.)
  4. Hunting restricted to those areas designated as open to hunting.
  5. Hunters must park vehicles within the interior of the park and in a designated parking area.
  6. Squirrel and rabbit hunting allowed only during Clean Up/Non Permit hunting dates (see below).
DUCK BLIND DRAWING: Saturday, July 29, 2017
  1. The drawing for the blinds on Grass Lake, Nippersink Lake and Redwing/Deer Lake will be at Oak Point Day Use Area located on Rt. 173, west of Antioch.
  2. Registration will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Drawing will be held at 2:00 p.m. Registrants must be present to claim a blind location. 
  3. A hunting license, and Illinois State Duck Stamp (present or previous year) are needed to register.
DOVE HUNTING: Season 9/1/17 - 9/5/17 Friday - Tuesday
  1. All dove hunting is done at the dove field located on Rt. 173 east of the Oak Point entrance (signs are posted).
  2. Daily drawing will be held at 11 a.m. if more hunters show up than can be accommodated. Twenty-five hunters are allowed in the field at one time.
  3. Hunting hours 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Limit: daily limit will be as prescribed by State Wide Regulations, Steel Shot only, # 6 shot, or smaller, is required. No fee. Habitat Stamp is required. 
  4. No game shall be cleaned or dressed in the field.
  5.  All hunting is done from assigned stations. Dogs are allowed.
DEER/TURKEY ARCHERY HUNTING: Season 10/30/17 - 12/19/17  Monday - Thurs. (11/16 until 12 pm ONLY!) Mon. & Tues. ONLY on (11/20, 21) & 12/18, 19)
  1. A maximum of 35 hunters, deer and turkey only!.
  2. Hunting is on a first come first serve basis beginning at 4:30 a.m. daily.
  3. All hunting is with bow and arrow (crossbows are permitted with a crossbow permit or persons 62 years of age or older.)
  4. Hunting restricted to West of the Fox River (see map).
  5. Deer/turkey stands must be portable and removed daily.  No nails or spikes allowed in trees.
  6. Scouting is allowed before the season starts.
  7. Hunting hours are per statewide regulations.
  8. Illinois Deer Archery Permit, Illinois Turkey Archery Permit and Illinois Habitat Stamp are required.
  9. Late Season 12/26/2017 to 1/14/2018 Daily Hunting is available at Oak Point Day Use Area. Daily quota of ten hunters is filled on a first come first serve basis. Hunters must check in, and out at Oak Point. Check in regulations will be posted.
CONTROLLED PHEASANT HUNTING: Season 11/3/17 - 12/17/17 (Fri., Sat. & Sun. only) except as follows:
  • Closed for Firearm Deer - 11/15/17 - 11/19/17
  • Closed for Youth Pheasant Hunt on 11/11/17
  • Open to hunt 11/22/17 - 11/26/17 of Thanksgiving week
  1. Controlled hunting is operated under a public/private partnership with T. Miller, Inc. 
  2. Fee:  $33 for 2 bird permit, non resident $35 plus transaction fee; (prices subject to change). Additional bird permits may be purchased.
  3. Reservations can be made on line at www.tmillerinc.com.  Applications are accepted starting 7/1.
  4. When daily quotas are not filled, permits will be sold on a first come first serve basis until quota of 90 hunters is reached, or until 9:00 a.m., whichever occurs first.
  5. Hunting hours 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  All pheasants must be tagged with State Hunting Area tag before leaving area.
  6. Habitat stamps are not required for controlled Pheasant hunting.  Hunting must be done with shotguns only. Shot size # .3 steel, # .4 bismuth, or #5 tungsten-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-matrix or smaller may be used.
  7. Youth Pheasant Hunt: SATURDAY 11/11/17 by state permit only.  Apply on-line starting at www.dnr.illinois.gov. No fee required.
FIREARM DEER HUNTING:   Season 11/17/17 - 11/19/17 Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  1. Must apply in spring statewide firearm permit lottery.  40 hunters will be permitted to hunt.
  2. Legal firearm allowed - shot gun (slug only) 10 - 20 gauge, muzzle loader at least .45 caliber or larger, revolvers .30 caliber or larger.
  3. Scouting is allowed before deer/turkey archery season starts.
  4. Lottery winners are required to attend a mandatory meeting the last Sunday in September to select stations.
  5. Firearm permit and Habitat Stamp are required.

 CLEAN-UP/NON PERMIT HUNTING: Season 12/20/17 - 12/22/17 Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

  1. The first fifty hunters are allowed in on a first come first serve basis. Registration 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  2. Hunting hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Limits: two pheasant, four rabbit, and five squirrel are allowed. 
  3. No fee. Habitat Stamp is required.
  4. All hunting must be done with shotguns only. Shot size no larger than  # .3 steel, # .4 bismuth, or # .5 tungsten-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-matrix, or smaller may be used.

For additional information please contact: Chain O' Lakes State Park, 8916 Wilmot Road, Spring Grove, IL 60081, 847/587-5512


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.