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Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area (Upland and Forest Game)

2018-2019 Season

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

Description: Total Area: Almost 6,700 acres, of which one-half is water.

Huntable Acres for Upland and Forest species: Approximately 1,100 acres, consisting of mostly timber, with small shrubby openings, and adjacent private row crop fields. Hunting success for squirrel, deer, dove, furbearers, and turkey is average to excellent; whereas, rabbit is poor and quail and pheasant are very poor.

Available Game Species:​​​

Species

Seasons 

Hunting Hours

Bag Limits

 Special Regulations

Squirrel 

Statewide 

Statewide 

Statewide 

No air rifles; See Area Regulations #3

Archery Deer

Statewide 

Statewide 

Statewide

 

Firearm Deer​

Statewide 

Statewide 

Statewide 

22 hunters/day by permit; Read Below

Youth Firearm Deer

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

Read Below

Muzzleloader Deer

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

Read Below

Rabbit/Dove/Pheasant/Quail

Statewide 

Statewide 

Statewide

 Non-Toxic Shot Only

​​Fall Turkey -- Archery Only

Statewide Statewide Statewide

​Spring Turkey

Statewide 

Statewide 

Statewide

4 hunters/day with site specific permit; Read Below.
​Furbearer Hunting ​Statewide ​Statewide ​Statewide ​See Area Regulations #3

Trapping

Statewide Statewide Statewide Read Below

Woodcock, snipe, and rail

Open during Teal and Early Goose Season only

Statewide

Statewide


All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations, and Administrative Orders will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.

 

Area Regulations:

 

  1. Hunting is restricted to those areas posted as open to hunting.
  2. Hunters must obtain a windshield card online from dnr2.illinois.gov/Windshieldcard.  To do so, navigate to "Hunt/Trap", "Public Hunting Areas", and then "Windshield Card for Public Hunting Areas" to print these cards. This windshield card must be displayed 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. 
  3. All hunting must be with shotgun, muzzle-loader rifle, or bow and arrow only, except the .22 rimfire may be used to take squirrel, raccoon and opossum from sunset to sunrise.
  4. It shall be unlawful 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.
  5. It shall be unlawful to possess or consume alcoholic beverages while hunting on the area.

SPECIAL AREA REGULATIONS:

Firearm Deer:

Statewide regulations shall apply, except hunting allowed by permit only. Each permit will be valid for both of the firearm deer season and permits will be allocated through the regular statewide drawing. Permit holders must check in at the site by 5:00am each day of deer season to validate their permit; at this time, there will also be a drawing for standby hunters for any available vacancies. Vacancies may be filled by any person holding a valid Hunting License, Habitat Stamp, and FOID card, unless exempt. Standby hunters will be issued a one-day site-specific deer permit at the check station, and charged a permit fee of $5.00. No standby deer permits will be sold after 1:00 PM. Hunters must register the results at the sign out box provided at each parking area at the conclusion of each days hunt.

Youth, Late Firearm, and Muzzleloader Deer Season:

Hunters are required to possess a county specific deer permit (Zone 1, 2, 3 - Marshall County Permit, Zone 4 - Peoria County). For the exception that an unfilled Springfield issued Marshall SFWA full season firearm permit can be used in the late firearm antlerless season.

Spring Turkey:

Hunting is restricted to five 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.

Trapping:

 

Drawing to allocate site specific trapping permits is held at the Marshall SFWA office on December 1st at 10:00 am every year. Trappers must stay within assigned areas.​

Other Facilities Available: Camping, Picnicking, Hiking, and Fishing.

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.