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Edward R. Madigan State Fish and Wildlife Area

2018 - 2019 Season

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation opportunities for the residents of this state. The use of wildlife populations, whether it be for hunting or observation, is one aspect of this role. This Hunting Fact Sheet is provided to insure that regulations governing the use of our wildlife resources are available and understood. In addition, it is useful in acquainting visitors with common species and habitats on the area. In all cases, ask site personnel about additional rules, regulations and site information.

The Edward R. Madigan State Fish and Wildlife Area upland game management programs afford both youth and adult sportsmen opportunities to enjoy quality experiences on this area of public land. These programs also allow sportsmen opportunities to witness firsthand that wildlife populations will flourish where they are provided suitable habitat and proper management.

LOCATION: Edward R. Madigan State State Fish and Wildlife Area is located 3 miles southwest of Lincoln on Bus. Rt. 55 (Old Route 66).

DESCRIPTION:

Total acres: 982 Huntable Acres: 220 Open acres: 230
Timbered Acres: 528 Water acres: 4 (Salt Creek)  

Edward R. Madigan State State Fish and Wildlife Area is characterized by a mixture of bottomland forest (along Salt Creek) and relatively flat upland areas comprised of native grass plantings, tree-shrub savanna-like habitats, brush and crop fields. The crop fields are bisected with strips of grass-legume wildlife plantings.

SEASONS, HOURS, LIMITS:

SPECIES SEASON HOURS SPECIAL RULES/PERMITS
Dove Sept. 1-5 Noon-5 p.m. Permit required; phone (217) 782-7305 for permit info; hunters must hunt within 10 ft. of IDNR marked sites; Hunters shall possess only approved, non-toxic shot, such as bismuth, of size #7.5 or smaller, or steel shot size #6 or smaller for the taking of doves; no shooting except in direction of interior of assigned fields. Check in time: 10:00-11:00 AM
  Sept. 6-30 Noon-sunset Hunter quota of 30 filled on a first come basis; hunters must hunt within 10 ft. of IDNR marked sites; Hunters shall possess only approved, non-toxic shot, such as bismuth, of size #7.5 or smaller, or steel shot #6 or smaller for the taking of doves; no shooting except in direction of interior of assigned fields.
Pheasant/ Quail/ Rabbit

(Youth Hunt)

1 day (date to be announced) 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Permit required; Applications for the Free Upland Game Hunt Permit are free and must be made online, through the "Upland Game Hunting" section of the IDNR website (www.dnr.illinois.gov). You must apply online August 1 through Ausut 31. The lottery will take place in early September and all applicants will need to check the Reservation Inquiry System (https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/UplandGame.aspx) on the IDNR website to see if they received a permit. Each applicant must check the website after the lottery to see if they received a permit (after Sept. 7). IDNR will NOT mail out permits. Successful applicants must print their permit.
Pheasant/ Quail/ Rabbit

(Adult Hunt)

Dates can be found on the Upland Game Hunting Section of the IDNR website (www.dnr.illinois.gov) 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Permit required; Applications for the Free Upland Game Hunt Permit are free and must be made online, through the "Upland Game Hunting" section of the IDNR website (www.dnr.illinois.gov). You must apply online August 1 through Ausut 31. The lottery will take place in early September and all applicants will need to check the Reservation Inquiry System (https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/UplandGame.aspx) on the IDNR website to see if they received a permit. Each applicant must check the website after the lottery to see if they received a permit (after Sept. 7). IDNR will NOT mail out permits. Successful applicants must print their permit.
Pheasant/ Quail/ Rabbit

(by Falconry Methods)

Oct. 1 - Mar. 31

(to be announced)

Statewide Season will close upon the harvest of 10 hen pheasants; falconers must sign in and sign out daily.

SITE REGULATIONS: The proximity of two state prisons immediately adjacent to Edward R. Madigan State Fish and Wildlife Area boundaries present obvious needs for special regulations to govern these programs. We ask for your particular consideration in abiding by all special regulations, and we hope that with the help of your sportsmanship we will be able to continue to provide recreational opportunities at Edward R. Madigan State State Fish and Wildlife Area. Please inquire at the site office for any special regulations so that any problems can be minimized.

OTHER SITE FACILITIES: Dog training is permitted from September 1 through March 31 (excluding upland game hunting dates). A permit must be obtained from the site office. Immediately adjacent to Edward R. Madigan State State Fish and Wildlife Area is the James Helfrich Wildlife Propagation Center.


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.