Donnelley State Fish & Wildlife Area
Hunter Fact Sheet
2012 - 2013 Season
County, two (2) miles north of Hennepin and IL Route 71, on County Highway 1.
Total area is approximately 676 acres. Blind sites are located on Coleman Lake
and are built by site personnel. Blinds are allocated daily, one hour prior
to shooting time at the check station via a random draw.
See 1, 2, 3
until 1:00 PM
See #4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
All regulations found in
the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations and Administrative Orders will
apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.
Special Area Regulations
- Hunting is prohibited
on Tuesdays and Wednesdays except on opening day.
- The first weekend and
the third Saturday of the regular duck season are designated as youth hunting
days. There is no charge for youth on these days. Those blinds not allocated
to youth hunting parties shall be available to adults on those days during
the regular duck season. In addition, the statewide youth hunt, which is held
the Sunday immediately preceding the first firearm deer season, is by permit
only and the area is closed to all other parties on this day.
- No teal or goose seasons
outside the regular statewide duck season at Donnelley State Wildlife Area.
- All hunters must report
to the check station for blind assignments.
- A $10.00 daily usage
stamp must be purchased to hunt this area.
- No outboard motors are
allowed by the public. Only authorized Department of Natural Resources personnel
may use outboard motors.
- No more than three (3)
persons shall occupy a blind at any one time. Blind capacity for the youth
hunts shall include no more than two (2) youths age 15 and under.
- All hunting shall be
from designated blinds only. Refilling or changing blinds is not permitted.
- All parties are required
to report to the check station within one (1) hour after termination of the
hunt or no later than 2:00 P.M.
- One blind shall be made
available by priority claim to disabled hunters possessing a P2A Disability
Hunting Regulations -
- All parties must hunt
over a minimum of twelve (12) decoys and a maximum of 48 decoys may be used.
Decoys must be removed upon termination of the hunt.
- Severe weather and safety
conditions may result in closing all or part of the site.
- Hunters under the age
of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
It shall be unlawful:
- For any person to consume
any alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs or to be under the influence of alcohol
or illegal drugs while on the area for the purpose of hunting.
- To enter the waterfowl
refuge unless given permission from an authorized Department of Natural Resources
- While attempting to take
migratory waterfowl or coots to have in possession any shotgun shells not
approved as non-toxic by federal regulations.
- To possess any shotgun shell loaded with a shot size larger
than steel “T” or “BBB” in other kinds of non-toxic shot while attempting to take waterfowl in Illinois.
For further information
contact: Site Superintendent - Lake DePue SFWA; P.O. Box 52; DePue,
IL 61322 Phone: 815/447-2353
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, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702; 217/785-0067;