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Mautino State Fish & Wildlife Area

2016-2017 Season


Location: The Mautino State Fish & Wildlife Area is located in Bureau County south of Sheffield and west of Buda on the Buda Blacktop between IL Route 40 and US Route 34.

Description: Mautino SFWA is mostly un reclaimed strip mine ground containing several lakes of various sizes. The site contains 911 total acres, 891 acres of which are available for archery deer and turkey hunting, approximately 435 acres for upland hunting and 40 acres are available for dove hunting.




Bag Limit

Special Area Regulations (See below)


Sept. 1 - 5 

Noon - 5 PM


See # 1, 3, 4, 5, 11


Sept. 6 - 30 



See # 2, 3, 4, 5, 11

See # 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11


Statewide fall archery



See # 3, 6, 7, 8, 11

Coyote, Raccoon
See #7
See #3, 6, 7, 11 


See #12



See # 3, 12

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

Special Area Regulations:

  1. During the first five days of the season, all hunters must register with the check station personnel. The site hunter quota will be filled by a drawing held at 11 a.m. Non-hunters are NOT ALLOWED in the field during this time.
  2. Beginning September 6, all hunters must register and report their harvest at the hunter registration box. Non hunters allowed in the field with the dove hunter during this period.
  3. Hunting is allowed in designated areas only. Doves, turkeys, coyotes, and raccoons may not be cleaned on the site.
  4. Hunting is from perimeter of field within 10 feet of numbered stakes.
  5. Only non-toxic shot (as defined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 50 CFR 20), #6 steel shot or smaller or #7½ bismuth shot, tungsten, or HeviShot or smaller, may be possessed.
  6. Each hunter must obtain and display a windshield card available online at when spring turkey hunting at this site.  To do so, navigate to "Hunting/Trapping",  "Public Hunting Areas", :Windshield Card for Public Hunting Areas", "Forest/Upland Game (and Dog Training)", and choose the 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 thed site.  If you need assistance in obtaining the card, report to or contact the Hennepin Canal Office at 815-454-2328.  Hunters must report their annual harvest (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 reportby the prescribed deadline.  
  7. Deer, fall turkey, and coyote hunting are archery only. (Must be registered for archery deer hunting and have a site deer windshield card to be able to harvest turkey and coyote with appropriate licenses and stamps).    Season open only when the site archery deer season is open.   
  8. Any deer or turkey harvested must also be checked in / reported as outlined in the statewide rules & regulations for reporting deer and turkey harvests during the regular statewide seasons.
  9. Only one stand/ground blind per hunter is allowed.  Stands, climbing devices, and ground blinds must be portable, but do not have to be removed at the end of each day.  Stands and ground blinds left in the field must be tagged with the hunter's name and address.  All stands and ground blinds must be removed from the site within 15 days after the close of the state archery deer season.   
  10. Deer must be field dressed at least 50' from any road, trail or developed area. Any debris or body parts generated by field dressing must remain at least 50' from any road, trail , or developed area. We request that you not drag your game on trails being used by non-hunters.
  11. Further restrictions may exist. See posted regulations before hunting.
  12. UPLAND HUNTING BY PERMIT ONLY:  Special permits are allocated by the Department of Natural Resources in Springfield.   Applicants must apply by August 31st to be eligible for the drawing .  Application forms can be obtained by contacting your Department of Natural Resources Regional Office or by calling the permit office at 217/782-7305.  Further information can be found in the Illinois Hunting Digest.  One permit will be issued for each day of the hunt, each permit holder may be accompanied by 3 partners, allowing for a maximum of 4 hunters per day.  Permit holder must be part of the hunting party.  Hunt days are opening weekend, Wednesdays and Saturdays in November and Thursdays and Sundays in December and Christmas Eve.  Upland hunters must wear a cap and upper garment of solid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches. 

It Shall Be Unlawful:

  1. For any person to consume any alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs or to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on the area for the purpose of hunting.
  2. To park other than in designed parking areas.
  3. To construct or use any stand or accessory using nails, screws, or any devise which pierces, cuts or otherwise damages the bark of the tree on which it is installed or to trim limbs and /or cut woody vegetation to enhance the stand location.
  4. To be in the hunting area during the season if you are not hunting except as noted.
  5. To possess an uncased shotgun outside of the hunting area.
  6. To light or use an open fire within the hunting area.
  7. To hunt at the area if the Site Superintendent or his authorized representative determine and announce that conditions are unsafe and have posted the area accordingly.
  8. To hunt on this area without first declaring game killed on a previous hunt; either on the hunter’s person or in his vehicle.

Other facilities / activities available: Fishing. For further information contact: Hennepin Canal State Trail; 16006 875 E. Street; Sheffield, IL 61361 Phone: 815/454-2328

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.