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Middle Fork

2017-2018 Season


LOCATION: 6 miles North of Oakwood in central Vermilion County. Primary access is by I-74.


OPEN ACRES: 563    

Middle Fork SFWA is characterized by major habitat areas consisting of forest (46%); grassland (21%); shrubs (7%) and cropland (26%).


Squirrel See Below Statewide Windshield Card Required
Dove See Below See Below Free Site Permit/Drawing
Woodcock Statewide 4 P.M. Closing Windshield Card Required
Deer (Bow) Statewide Statewide Windshield Card Required
Deer (Muzzleloader) 2nd Season Only Statewide Check in & Check out required
Deer (Firearm) Statewide Statewide Site Specific Permit Required
Quail Statewide 4 P.M. Closing Windshield Card Required
Pheasant (Cock) Statewide 4 P.M. Closing Windshield Card Required
Rabbit Statewide 4 P.M. Closing Windshield Card Required
Raccoon Statewide Statewide Windshield Card Required
Opossum Statewide Statewide Windshield Card Required
Coyote See Below See Below Windshield Card Required
Turkey - Fall Archery Statewide Statewide Windshield Card Required
Turkey - Spring Statewide Statewide Site Specific Permit Required
Turkey - Spring Youth Statewide Statewide Site Specific Permit Required


  1. Windshield cards are required for species as noted. These are available online at Navigate to "hunting/trapping: and then "public hunting areas" to print these permits. Hunters will be required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information. Failure to submit data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.
  2. Hunting is restricted to those portions of the area posted as open to hunting.
  3. The site is closed to all other activities during the firearm deer season.
  4. All hunting must be by shotgun or bow and arrow except authorized night hunters may use .22 caliber rimfire rifles in pursuit of furbearers and firearm deer hunters may use all legal firearms during deer seasoon.
  5. Trapping is permitted on designated areas.
  6. It is illegal to construct or use any tree stand using nails, screws or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. Hunters must remove tree stands daily. Windshield Card number must be displayed on tree stand.
  7. Hunters engaged in quail, rabbit, pheasant, and woodcock, hunting must wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid blaze orange (at least 400 square inches).
  8. Squirrel hunting season starts first Tuesday after Labor Day, through close of season.
  9. Dove hunting hours are 12 noon to 5 P.M. daily, Sept. 1 - Sept. 5 on Dove management units. Statewide hours apply from Sept. 6 to the close of season. Lottery drawing held first 5 days at 11 A.M. at site office. Shot size 7 1/2, 8 or 9.
  10. Coyote hunting season coincides with Statewide Fox Season. Hours coincide with Statewide regulations.
  11. All other hunting is closed during the firearm deer season.
  12. Shotgun, muzzleloader and handgun are allowed during the firearm deer season. All state regulations apply. Consult the Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations for caliber and usage restrictions.

**** IN ALL CASES, ask site personnel about current regulations, special rules and site conditions.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Site Office at (217) 442-4915.For general information about hunting regulations and applications please click here.

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.