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Chain O' Lakes State Park

2019-2020 Season

MAP    Additional Firearm Deer Regulations    Additional Archery Deer / Turkey 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; approximately 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 square 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).
  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.
  1. All dove hunting is done at the dove field located on Rt. 173 east of the Oak Point entrance (signs are posted).
  2. For September 1st through 5th, a drawing will be held at 11 am, if more hunters show up than can be accommodated. September 6th to 30th, hunters will need to utilize the Windhshield Card permit System to hunt on a particular day.  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 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 10/28/19 - 12/17/19  Monday - Thursday (11/21 until 12 pm ONLY!) Monday and Tuesday ONLY on (11/25, 11/26) and (12/16, 12/17)
  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 and crossbow.
  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 12/26/2019 to 1/19/2020 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 11/1/2019 - 12/15/2019 (Fri., Sat. & Sun. only) except as follows:
  • Closed for Firearm Deer - 11/22/2019 - 11/24/2019
  • Closed for Youth Pheasant Hunt on 11/09/2019
  • Open to hunt 11/27/2019 - 12/01/2019 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  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. No afternoon or PM hunting.  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. Only nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may be possessed, and only shot shells with a shot size ballistically equivalent to No. 5 lead or smaller may be used, or in possession.
  7. Youth Pheasant Hunt: SATURDAY 11/09/2019 by state permit only.  Apply on-line starting at No fee required.
FIREARM DEER HUNTING:   Season 11/22/2019 - 11/18/1824/2019 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 at 1 pm to select stations.
  5. Firearm permit and Habitat Stamp are required.

 CLEAN-UP/NON PERMIT HUNTING: Season 12/18/2019 - 12/20/2019 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.