Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

Utility Links



  1. Illinois DNR
  2. Hunting
  3. Hunter Fact Sheets

Shelbyville Okaw Unit

2018-2019 Season

MAP    Waterfowl Fact Sheet                         


LOCATION: Six miles southwest of Sullivan and three miles southeast of Bethany.

DESCRIPTION OF THE AREA: Total Acres: 2700     Open Acres: 1464    Huntable Acres: 2625    Timbered Acres: 750

The area lies along the West Okaw River and is characterized by woodlands, grasslands, shrublands, wetlands, several small ponds, food plots and waterfowl management sub-impoundments

Waterfowl Statewide Statewide to 1 PM Drawing/Free Site Hunting Permit
Youth Waterfowl Statewide Statewide Free Site Hunting Permit
Early Goose & Teal Statewide Statewide Free Site Hunting Permit
Dove - Site (not including Dove Management Fields) Statewide Noon to 5 PM Sept. 1-5;
Statewide after Sept. 5
Free Site Hunting Permit
Dove Management Fields September 1 - 5 Noon to 5 PM......Statewide after Sept 5 (see note below) Free Site Hunting Permit
Rail, Snipe, Woodcock Statewide Statewide Open - 4 PM Close Free Site Hunting Permit
Quail Statewide Statewide Open - 4 PM Close Free Site Hunting Permit
Pheasant Statewide Statewide Open - 4 PM Close Free Site Hunting Permit
Rabbit Statewide Statewide Open - 4 PM Close Free Site Hunting Permit
Squirrel Statewide Statewide Free Site Hunting Permit
Deer (firearm) Statewide Statewide Site Specific Permit/Free Site Hunting Permit
Deer (bow) Statewide Statewide

Archery Deer Permit/Free Site Hunting Permit

Antlered deer only Oct. 1-15

Deer (muzzleloader 3rd Firearm Season
(Antlerless Only)
Statewide Site Specific Permit/Free Site Hunting Permit
Youth Turkey Statewide Statewide Moultrie County Turkey Pemit Required
Spring Wild Turkey Statewide Statewide Site Specific Permit/Free Site Hunting Permit
Fall Turkey (bow) Statewide Statewide Fall Turkey Permit/Free Site Hunting Permit
Furbearers Statewide Statewide Free Site Hunting Permit
 Crow Statewide  Statewide  Free Site Hunting Permit 


  1. Only antlered deer may be harvested Oct. 1-15. Antlerless deer may be harvested beginning October 16th.
  2. Windshield cards are required for species a 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.
  3. During the Central Zone Duck Season, only waterfowl hunting is permitted in Fishhook, North Dunn, Jonathan Creek and McGee waterfowl areas. Beginning the day following the closure of Central Zone Duck Season, upland game hunters may hunt pheasant, rabbit and quail on these sites after 1:00 PM. Upland hunters must use non-toxic shot in these waterfowl areas and must abide by all other statewide regulations.
  4. It is unlawful to trespass upon waterfowl rest areas 2 weeks prior to and throughout the waterfowl season. It is unlawful to trespass upon any designated waterfowl area 7 days prior to the beginning of the season.
  5. In dove management fields, hunters must hunt from a designated stake. No more than two hunters may hunt from a stake. Stakes are allocated on a first come - first served basis. 
  6. Dove hunters must use non-toxic shot, size 6 or smaller.  Dove hunters not hunting in dove management fields must hunt at least 100 yards from the edge of dove management units. Dove hunters are required to hunt within 10 feet of stake sites
  7. After Sept. 5, Dove Management Fields will be open to statewide hours. Non-toxic shot required in waterfowl management units and other fields designated as such.
  8. Trapping is allowed through a drawing/permit system. Drawing is held at site office on first Saturday in October
  9. .22 caliber rimfire rifles may be used for furbearer and squirrel hunting. Muzzleloading black powder rifles may also be used for squirrel hunting
  10. Hunters engaged in hunting quail, rabbit, or pheasant, must wear a cap and upper outer garment of blaze orange of at least 400 square inches.
  11. Deer hunters must use portable stands. Stands may be placed in trees from September 15th - January 31st. Stands must be clearly marked with owner's name, address, and telephone number. Screw-in steps, nails, spikes, and other bark-piercing devices are STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Hunters are limited to one stand. Deer drives are strictly prohibited on all state owned or managed lands.
  12. Dog training is allowed from Sept. 1 - March 31 and is regulated by permit. Contact the site for information and details.
  13. Shotgun, muzzleloader, and handgun are allowed during the firearm deer season. Hunter must have a valid "Lake Shelbyville Project in Moultrie County" permit in order to hutn this area. Firearm deer hunters that have a "Moultrie County" deer permits are NOT ALLOWED to hunt at Lake Shelbyville State Fish & Wildlife Area.
  14. In all cases, ask site personnel about current regulations, special rules, and site conditions.
  15. This area is scheduled for prescribed burns in the fall. Burns will be announced prior to ignition by 3 horn blasts.
  16. Youth turkey hunters will be allowed to hunt at Shelbyville State Fish & Wildlife Area with a Moultrie County youth turkey permit, but also must possess a windshield card.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Site Superintendent at 217-665-3112. 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.