Lake Hunter Fact Sheet
Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area is just south of US Rt. 30 and
the Village of Shabbona. The hunter check station is located at the Park Office.
Take Shabbona Rd. south from Rt. 30 for 2 ½ miles to Shabbona Grove Road, turn
left (east) on Shabbona Grove Rd. for ½ mile, the entrance to the Park Office
is on the left (north) side of the road.
THE AREA: This is an area of approximately 776 acres that offers
a variety of habitat types. The site is composed of areas of mature hardwoods
interspersed with cultivated fields, bottoms, pine plantations, sloughs and
tall grass prairie. Waterfowl hunting is allowed only from 6 pre-constructed
blinds located on the site.
#1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12
found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations, and Administrative
Orders will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.
Special Area Regulations:
- Blind sites will be
allocated by an annual drawing. Blind winners will be awarded their blind
site choice for either November or December. The drawing will be held July 28, 2012.
- Persons awarded a blind,
or their pre-designated partners, must sign-in and claim their blind one hour
before legal shooting time each day. No more than 3 persons shall be registered
for assignment to any blind site. No person shall be allowed to be a blind
winner, or partner, on more than one State Waterfowl Management Area in Illinois.
- Blinds remaining unclaimed
one hour before legal shooting time may be claimed by stand-by hunters on
a first come - first served basis. All hunters are required to register (sign-in)
prior to entering the field.
- All hunting will be
from designated blinds only. No more than 4 persons shall occupy a blind.
Persons may only hunt from the blind they signed-in for that day (no movement
from blind to blind).
- Handicapped accessible
hunting available. Handicapped hunters have first priority on the handicapped
- All hunters are required
to sign-in, sign-out, and report all birds taken on the check station sheets.
- Hunters are required
to park in existing archery deer hunter parking lots on the park perimeter
and walk to their designated blind site.
- Waterfowl hunting will
be conducted only during November & December when the North Waterfowl
Zone is open. Waterfowl species other than Canada geese may be hunted if the
statewide season for the species in question is open in the North Waterfowl
Zone during November and December exclusive of the Canada goose season.
- Hunting hours are from
the legal opening time until 1PM daily. Hunters must be out of the field and
checked out by 2PM daily.
- Persons under 16 years
of age shall not hunt, or attempt to hunt, unless accompanied by an adult.
- All hunting parties
shall hunt over a spread of at least 12 decoys.
- All hunters will be
responsible for the daily removal of all trash, litter, spent shells, etc.
- Further restrictions
may exist. See regulations posted at the site before hunting.
It Shall Be Unlawful:
- For any person to consume
any alcoholic beverage, including beer and wine, while on the area for the
purpose of hunting.
- For any person to perform
any weed or brush control around any blind site; or, to cut / remove / disturb
any vegetation anywhere on the site, without prior approval from the site
- 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”; Bismuth -
Tin, Federal UltraShok High Density, Environ-Metal HEVI-Steel “BBB”;
Federal Tungsten / Iron, Kent Tungsten / Matrix (Impact), Federal Tungsten
/ Polymer “BB”; Environ-Metal HEVI Shot, Remington Wingmaster
HD, Winchester Xtended Range Hi-Density, Environ-Metal Dead Coyote! “B”;
Environ-Metal HEVI-13 “1"; or Federal Heavyweight “3"
while attempting to take waterfowl in Illinois.
For information contact:
Shabbona Lake S.R.A., 4201 Shabbona Grove Rd., Shabbona, Il., 60550 (815) 824-2106)
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, 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 62702-1271:
217/785-0067; TTY 217/782-9175