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White Pines State Park

2018-2019 Season


Location: White Pines State Park is located in Ogle County; it lies on the north side of Pines Road, approx. 6 miles east of Polo, IL, and 8 miles west of Oregon, IL.

Hunting Area: The hunting area is comprised of approximately 300 acres and is mostly pines, hardwoods, some open areas and brushy fields.





Bag Limit

Special Regulations

Deer - Archery

See (1) & (2)



See (1)(2) - See hunter quota

Deer - Firearm

See (3) below



See (3) - Site Permit required - see hunter quota - see driving deer - see Area Reg’s. #2

Deer CWD season




Site Permit required - see Area Reg’s. #2

(1) Archery deer: Hunting allowed only on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only – excluding official state holidays in October.  Beginning November 1, archery hunting is allowed 7 days a week, excluding the sites special firearm deer season.

(2) No archery hunting during the Site’s special firearm deer seasons (Nov. 12 - 14 and Nov. 26 - 28, 2018). 

(3) The Firearm Deer Season on this site is the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the first (statewide) firearm deer season and the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the second (statewide) firearm deer season.

​Hunter Quota: Archery deer hunting - The maximum number of hunters that may be signed-in at any one time is 10.

​Site Firearm Permit: Hutners must possess a permit issued specifically for White Pines, for the season they are hunting, to hunt this site.

Driving Deer:​ It is unlawfule to drive deer or participate in a deer drive on this area.


All regulation found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations, and Administrative Orders will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.  Hunters must obtain a site windshield card onlin from  To do so, navigate to "hunting/trapping" and then "public hunting areas".  Proceed to "Windshield Card for Public Hunting Areas" and select "Print Windshield Card" tab under the "Upland/Forest Game (and Dog Training) column.   Complete all fields as necessary and print Windshield Card and Accompanying pocket card.  Your windshield card must be displayed under the vehicle windshield, face up, with the windshield card number visible and the pocket card portion in your possission while hunting at the site.   Hunters must report their annual harvest online (even if you did not hunt) by February 15, 2019.  Hunters shall forfeit their hunting privileges at the site for the following year if they fail to report by the prescribed deadline.  


  1. For any person to construct or to use any tree stand using nails, screws, wire, or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree. Stands must be portable and must be removed from the site at the end of the day's hunt. Only one stand per permit holder is allowed.
  2.  For any person to consume any alcoholic beverage, including beer and wine, while on the area for the purpose of hunting.
  3. To hunt in any "restricted area" or any area not designated as open to hunting.
  4. For any person to park except at a designated parking area.
  5. For unauthorized vehicles to enter upon any trail or be in any "off road" area.
  6. To enter onto private property, for any reason, without first obtaining permission from the landowner.
  7. To field dress any deer, or deposit any part(s) of a deer, within 100 feet of any trail or developed area on the site.
  8. To archery hunt within 50 yards of a day use area or within 30 yards of any trail.


  1. Hunters may apply by selecting White Pines S.P. as their choice of hunting area on their Firearm permit application. Applications are to be submitted to the Springfield Permit Office. 
  2.  Hunters with White Pines S. P. Firearm or CWD Season deer permits must check-in by 5:00 AM or their permit is invalid for that day.  Registration will be at the White Pines State Park office and will begin at 4:30 AM. Vacancies remaining after 5:00 AM will be filled by a drawing to allocate standby permits. Stand-by permits are issued as being valid for the day of issuance only; are site specific for White Pines; are either sex; and are $5.00 each.  CWD season deer permits may be applied for Online.  Permits will be allocated via lottery drawing.  Unallocated permits will be available for sale over-the-counter from participating vendors.  Non-resident stand-by hunters are required to have a non-resident hunting license and current habitat stamp. All hunters (unless exempt) must have a valid FOID card.
  3. Hunting is allowed with any type of weapon that is legal for Statewide deer hunting during the specific season you are hunting.
  4. All deer harvested must be checked at the Site Office on the day of harvest PRIOR to leaving the site. No county deer check stations will be open during the sites firearm deer seasons; however, the Site will collect harvest information and tag each deer.
  5. Archery hunting permitted during the statewide firearm deer seasons, however, archers must comply with the same blaze orange requirements as firearm deer hunters.

Area Regulations - Archery Deer Hunting:

  1. No more than 10 hunters will be allowed on the area at any one time. Please check the sign up sheets at the time of arrival; hunter quota is on a first come - first serve basis. See harvest restrictions on antlerless above.
  2. All hunters are required to sign in , sign out, and report all deer harvested on the sign-in/sign-out sheets AND checked-in/reported as outlined in the statewide rules & regulations for reporting deer harvested during the regular statewide seasons.
  3. NOTE: Hunters may encounter hikers, picnickers, etc; PLEASE be considerate of each other.

For Further information please contact: Site Superintendent, White Pines S.P., 6712 W. Pines Rd., Mt. Morris, Il. 61054 815-946-3717

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.