Matthiessen State Park Hunter Fact Sheet

2013 - 2014 Season

Squirrel, Furbearer & Turkey Regulations

MAP

Location: LaSalle County, 4 miles south of Interstate 80 or 1 mile south of Utica; south of Ill. Route 71 and west of Ill. Route 178.

Description: This site occupies 1,938 acres. Approximately 670 acres are huntable. The terrain can be very rugged in the wooded areas, please be careful. There is no off road vehicle access for the public.

Species

Season

Hours

Bag Limits

Special Area Regulations

     (See Below)

Squirrel

1 AUG - 30 SEP

Statewide

Statewide

See #1, 2, 10, 11, 13

Raccoon, opossum

Statewide, See #4

See #5

Statewide

See #1, 3, 10, 11, 13

Spring turkey (2012)

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

See #1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13

All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations, and Administrative Rules will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.

SPECIAL AREA REGULATIONS:

  1. Prior to hunting the Vermillion River Day Use Area, all hunters are required to register at the sign in box located on the north side of the entrance road into the Vermillion River Area of Matthiessen State Park. Each hunter must display a parking pass on the dashboard of their vehicle while hunting. Hunters must return their parking passes and immediately report their hunting efforts and harvest on the sheets provided.
  2. Shotgun only for squirrel hunting. Only size #3 or smaller steel shot, #4 or smaller bismuth, or #5 or smaller tungsten-iron, tungsten-matrix, tungsten-polymer, HeviShot, or lead shot may be possessed.
  3. Shotgun or .22 cal. or smaller rimfire firearms only.
  4. Season closed during all site firearm deer seasons.
  5. Hunting hours are from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise.
  6. All hunters must possess a site specific spring turkey permit for Matthiessen State Park for the specific season they are hunting on the site. Matthiessen spring turkey hunting permits are issued through the Springfield permit office as part of the regular permit lottery process.
  7. All statewide regulations as to weapon type, shot size, draw weight, arrow type, etc. apply on this site.
  8. Tree stands and blinds must be portable and must be tagged with the hunter’s name, address, and phone number. Stands, blinds, and accessories must be removed daily. Only one stand allowed per hunter.
  9. All turkeys taken on this site during the spring turkey season must be checked in / reported via the statewide telephone reporting system as outlined on your turkey hunting permit. Be sure to report your turkey as taken on a special hunt area (Matthiessen State Park) and not as harvested in LaSalle County.
  10. Hunting area is restricted to that part of the site located south of the Vermilion River Day Use Area (parking lots 9 & 10).
  11. Dogs not allowed.
  12. Area may be closed for a day on short notice in order to conduct prescribed burns.
  13. Further restrictions may exist. See regulations posted at the site before hunting.

IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL:

  1. To construct or use any stand, climbing device or accessory using nails, screws, or any device which pierces, cuts, or otherwise damages the bark of the tree on which it is installed
  2. To hunt or park in any area not designated as being open to hunting.
  3. To hunt with other than a shotgun during squirrel season; a shotgun or .22 cal. or smaller rimfire rifle during raccoon and opossum season; or a shotgun or bow and arrow during spring turkey seasons.
  4. 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
  5. To possess weapons in the field except during hunting hours.
  6. To hunt at night on this area except for raccoon and opossum hunting.

Other Activities / Facilities Available: Camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, dining, lodge facilities, boating, and visitor center.

For further information contact:  Site Superintendent;  Starved Rock State Park; P.O. Box 509;  Utica, IL 61373  
Phone: 815/667-4726               

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; TTY 217/782-9175.