James Pate Philip State Park and Heron Woods State Habitat Area
Introduction: The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation opportunities for residents of Illinois. Of particular concern is providing safe hunting areas on public lands throughout the State. The State Park and State Habitat Area provides archery deer hunting on 415 acres.
Location: Located in the northeast corner of Illinois, the State Park and State Habitat Area are 2.5 miles west of Route 59 in Bartlett, Illinois.
Archery Deer Hunting Regulations:
- Dates: Statewide archery deer season.
- Permits: Hunting periods will be filled through a mail-in drawing. Applications are available online and at the James Pate Philip State Park Office. Applications must be received at the James Pate Philip State Park Office by August 15th to be eligible for the drawing. Successful applicants will be notified by mail or email before September 1st. Each archery hunter will be assigned a 14-day hunting period and a specific hunting area. All hunters must be able to show proof of a current Illinois hunting license, archery deer permits, and site-issued deer hunting permit upon request. Successful applicants must obtain a "Site Windshield Card" online at the IDNR website, http://www.dnr.illinois.gov. This card must be visible through the vehicle windshield and the pocket portion in possession while hunting.
- Hunting Area: Hunting is restricted to only the designated hunting area assigned to each hunter. Hunters may use either ground blinds or tree stands (minimum 6 feet above the ground) to enable the hunter to shoot down slope. Tree stands and climbing devices must be portable, and may not cut or pierce the tree bark. Stands/blinds may be setup on the first day of the 14-day period assigned to each hunter; may remain the entire assigned 14-day period; but must be removed on the last day assigned to each hunter. Stands/blinds and gut piles must be a minimum of 75 yards from designated trails. All stands/blinds must be tagged with site-issued permit number.
- Scouting: Each hunter is allowed to scout during the 14 day period assigned to the hunter.
- Parking: Each hunter must park only in the assigned parking location.
- Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset.
- Harvest: Deer of either sex may be harvested. No other hunting or trapping is allowed. Individual hunters may harvest as many deer as they like during their allotted 14-day period, per statewide archery deer hunting regulations.
- Tracking: If it is necessary to track a deer onto private property, a hunter must first obtain permission from the landowner. Much of the property around the state parks boundaries is privately owned. Please respect the rights of others.
- Hunting log: Hunters must maintain accurate records of each hunt on a sheet provided. Hunting records must be returned to the site office by February 1. Failure to submit a report will result in the loss of eligibility for future hunts.
- Unlawful: Plastic markers and flagging tape are permitted. Spectators are not allowed on the area. All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Administrative Rule 670, and Federal Regulations apply unless the areas site specific rules are more restrictive.
For more information please contact: District Wildlife Biologist, Nicky Strahl, at 847-608-3122.
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