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Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area (Upland)

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.

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

Huntable Acres for Upland and Forest species: Approx. 1,100 acres, consisting of mostly timber, with small shrubby openings and adjacent private row crop fields.

Available Game Species:

Species Seasons  Hunting Hours Bag Limits  Spec Regs
Squirrel  Statewide  Statewide  Statewide  No air rifles
*Deer-firearm Statewide  Statewide  Statewide  22 hunters/day by permit.
Deer-Archery Statewide  Statewide  Statewide  
*Deer-Youth firearm Statewide Statewide Statewide Read Below
Rabbit/Dove/Quail Statewide  Statewide  Statewide  
Raccoon/Opossum See Reg #3 Statewide  Statewide  
Turkey-Bow&Arrow  Statewide  Statewide  Statewide  
Turkey Spring Only Statewide  Statewide  See Special Fact Sheet

* Deer-firearm: 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 5:00 AM 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. At this time this site does not offer Muzzleloader ONLY deer season.

*Youth & Late Firearm 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.

Hunting success for squirrel, deer, dove, furbearers, and turkey is average to excellent whereas rabbit is poor and quail and pheasant very poor.

Area Regulations:

  1. Hunting is restricted to those areas posted as open to hunting.
  2. Hunters must obtain a windshield card online from  To do so, navigate to "Hunting/Trapping", "Public Hunting A",  "Windshield Card for Public Hunting Areas",  "Fores/Upland Game (and Dog Training)", and choose the northwest region.. Complete all fields and PRINT your Windshield Card.  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.

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.