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South Shore State Park

2016 - 2017 Season


LOCATION: The park is located 3 miles east of Carlyle, IL and north of US Route 50 in Clinton County.

SETTING: The park encompasses 290 acres. The hunting area encompasses 139 acres and consists of multiple grassland fields interspersed with woodlands, brushy areas and restored savanna habitats. The area is open to spring turkey, spring youth turkey, archery deer, fall archery wild turkey hunting and furbearer trapping.


  1. Hunters must obtain a free windshield card online from the Department website. This permit must be displayed under teh vehicle windshield, face up, with the permit number visible and the pocket portion in possession while hunting at the site. Hunters must report their annual harvest online (even if the hunter did not hunt) by February 15 or two weeks after the season closes for those seasons ending after February 1.
  2. All hunting is by shotgun or bow and arrow.
  3. Archery deer hunters must wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches while hunting during all firearm seasons within the statewide archery season.
  4. No hunting will be permitted in posted areas, within 300 feet of developed recreation areas (picnic areas), construction sites or residences.
  5. All hunters must park in the established parking lots.
  6. It is unlawful to possess or consume alcoholic beverages while on the site property for purposes of hunting.

Turkey (Spring) - Youth and Regular Season

  1. Hunters must apply to Springfield Permit Office for permits. Permits are not transferable.
  2. Statewide hunting hours of 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1 pm are in effect.
  3. Open only in the designated hunting area.

Deer (Archery)

  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. Open only in the designated hunting area.
  3. It will be unlawful to construct or to use any tree stand using nails, screws, wire or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. All tree stands must be portable and are required to be removed at the end of the day�s hunt. NO PERMANENT TREE STANDS ALLOWED.

Furbearer Trapping

  1. Statewide regulations
  2. A valid site permit is required for trapping. Permits are issued via a public drawing held at the Eldon Hazlet State Park site office on the last Tuesday of October at 11 a.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m. All persons entering the drawing must have a current trapping license in their possession and must be present at the time of the drawing.
  3. Trappers may have a partner, provided their name is on the registration card prior to the drawing.
  4. Trappers must stay in the assigned trapping area.
  5. Only "Egg Traps", "D-P (Dog Proof) Traps", box traps, cage traps and traps of similar design may be used for land sets.
  6. Trappers must submit a harvest report to the site office within 10 days following the close of the site trapping program. Failure to report harvest shall result in the trapper being ineligible to trap at this site the following season.

OTHER SITE FACILITIES: Picnic areas, hiking, fishing and boat ramp.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Eldon Hazlet State Park at (618) 594-3015. Internet address: E-mail:

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.