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Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area - Marshall Unit Waterfowl

2019-2020 Season

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

Description: Approximately 3,000 acres of Illinois River backwaters related to waterfowl management at the Marshall Unit.

Available Species:

Species  

Seasons  

Hunting Hours

Harvest Reporting

Teal

Statewide

Statewide

Windshield Card

Early Goose

Central Zone

Statewide

Windshield Card

Youth Waterfowl 

Central Zone 

Legal Opening to 1:00 PM

Check Station Sign Out Box

Regular Waterfowl

Central Zone 

Legal Opening to 1:00 PM 

Check Station Sign Out Box

Regular Late Goose

Central Zone

Statewide

Windshield Card

Conservation Order Light Goose

Central Zone

Statewide

Windshield Card


Regular Waterfowl and Youth Waterfowl: 

  1. All statewide regulations apply unless there are more restrictive site-specific regulations.
  2. Waterfowl hunting sites are awarded by annual draw.
  3. All hunters using this area must report to check station to fill out information cards
  4. Awarded blind builders desiring to claim their blinds must report to check station at least one (1) hour before opening shooting time each day. Blinds not claimed by annual blind builders at this hour will be assigned by draw. Hunters missing this drawing will have a thirty-minute grace period from the draw time to claim any unclaimed blind. A second standby drawing will be held from 8 - 11:00 AM, after which time the waterfowl area is closed to further entry.
  5. All hunting will be from registered blinds and hunters must occupy blinds within one (1) hour after registering.
  6. All hunting will cease at 1:00 PM during the regular waterfowl season
  7. Upon vacating a blind, hunters must report to check station within one (1) hour to sign out and report any harvested waterfowl.
  8. All parties must hunt over a minimum of twelve (12) decoys, which must be removed upon termination of hunt.
  9. At no time are hunters permitted to enter designated waterfowl refuges or rest areas.
  10. Hunters 16 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  11. No more than four (4) persons shall occupy a blind at one time.
  12. Severe weather and safety conditions can result in closing all or part of Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area.
Seasons Before and After Youth and Regular Waterfowl: 
1. All statewide regulations apply unless there are more restrictive site-specific regulations.
2. Hunting from a completed blind or staked site is waived during seasons held before the regular duck season or for seasons held after the regular Canada goose season
3. Hunters must obtain a windshield card online from https://dnr2.illinois.gov/Windshieldcard/. 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 hunting privileges at the site for the following year if they fail to report by the prescribed deadline.


 Other Facilities Available: Camping, Picnicking, Hiking, and Fishing. See Main Area Fact Sheet for upland hunting information.

Note: LOW WATER conditions due to siltation of the Illinois River backwaters may make access to certain blinds difficult or nearly impossible during segments of the waterfowl season. Please note that airboats, hovercraft, etc. are not allowed at this site. Shallow-water drive or "mud motors" are recommended when conditions warrant. Further information on water levels and blind accessibility can be obtained from the site office.

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.