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Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area (Spring Turkey)

2016-2017 Season


Location: Marshall County; Headquarters located 5 miles south of Lacon on State Rt. 26, or 30 miles north of Peoria on Route 26.

Daily Quota
: 4 Hunters; Permits allocated through regular statewide drawing.
Bag Limit: 1 Gobbler or Bearded Hen.
Shooting Hours: 1/2 Hour Before Sunrise to 1 pm.
Huntable Acres: Approximately 1036 (Zone 1=70 acres; Zone 2=270 acres; Zone 3=260 acres; Zone 4=350 acres; Duck Ranch=356)


  1. All Statewide regulations will apply.
  2. Hunters must possess a Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area permit to hunt on this area.
  3. Hunting is restricted to four (4) designated zones (1, 2, 3, 4 & Duck Ranch), indicated on area map. Duck Ranch area is not included on this map. See site headquarters to obtain a Duck Ranch map.
  4. Zones to be hunted will be determined by hunter.
  5. Hunters may only park in the designated parking lots.
  6. Hunters must obtain a windshield card online from  To do so, navigate to "Hunting/Trapping", "Public Hunting Areas",. "Windshield Card for Public Hunting Areas", "Upland/Forest Game (and Dog Training)", and choose northwest region.  Complete all fields and PRINT your Windshield Card. This  windshield card must be visible in your windshield and the pocket card portion in your possession while hunting at the site. Hunters must report their annual harvest online (even if you did not hunt) by February 15th.  Hunters shall forfeit their hunting privileges at the site for the following year if they fail to report by the prescribed deadline. 
  7. There will be no standby hunters.


  1. To possess or consume alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer, while hunting on the area.
  2. To possess an uncased firearm or bow outside of the designated hunting area.
  3. To enter into a no hunting area or neighboring private property to track a wounded turkey without the permission from site personnel or the appropriate private land owner.
  4. For any person to construct or to use any tree stand using nails, screws, or wire, or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree. A tree stand must be portable and must be removed from the tree when the hunter is not present.
  5. To use a weapon except a shotgun or bow and arrow. #4 shot is the largest and #7 1/2 shot is the smallest that can be legally used. Bows must have a minimum pull of at least 40 lbs. A barbless broadhead arrow is the only legal arrow.

For further information, contact: Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area, 236 State Route 26, Lacon, IL 61540; Telephone: 309/246-8351.

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.