Goose Lake Prairie - Heidecke Lake
Hunter Fact Sheet
HUNTER FACT SHEET
2012 - 2013 Season
The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation
opportunities for the residents of the state. Of particular concern is providing
adequate safe hunting areas on public lands throughout the State. This Hunter
Fact Sheet contains information relating to most of the hunting programs at
Heidecke State Fish and Wildlife Area. The area is marked by scrub timber and
marshy prairie areas east of the Collins Power Generating Station. The hunting
area itself is a perched lake used for power generating at Colloins station
and is adjacent to the Illinois River. Extreme caution must be used during times
of even moderate winds and during changing weather conditions.
DIRECTIONS: Southeast of Morris, on Pine Bluff/Lorenzo Rd.
7.5 miles west of I-55.
- All regulations found
in the Illinois Wildlife Code of 1971, Administrative Order 510, and Federal
Regulations apply, unless area regulations are more restrictive.
- It shall be unlawful:
- For any person to
possess or consume any alcoholic beverage, including beer or wine, prior
to or while on any site for the purpose of hunting.
- To hunt on any site
with a manned check station without first declaring game killed on a previous
hunt and in possession either on the hunter's person or in his vehicle.
- To hunt in restrictively
posted areas or in developed recreation areas within 100 yards of construction
sites, residences, and developed recreation areas.
- For unauthorized
persons (non-hunters) to use or occupy in any manner designated hunting
areas during the hunting season, when authorized hunting is in progress.
- To hunt outside
designated areas at the site (see attached map).
- To use any weapon
other than a shotgun.
- To hunt in standing
- To leave the site
before checking out. Check out is required within 60 minutes of completion
of a hunt.
- To hunt any species
of wildlife except waterfowl.
- No hunting is allowed
on Mondays and Tuesdays Christmas or New Year’s Day.
- Blind sites will be allocated by a daily drawing. The daily drawing will be held 90 minutes before shooting time. Blind sites not selected during the drawing will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Vacant blind sites will be allocated drawing until 1 hour after legal sooting time. Further, no blind will be allocated after
- Hunters wishing to move
to another blind site must obtain permission for this move from the check
station attendant, in person, before such a move is made.
- Hunters shall register
as a party of one to three hunters for the drawing. When a party is drawn
only those names registered in that party will be allowed to hunt from that
blind. If any person in the party is under 16 years of age, he must be accompanied
by an adult before hunting due to safety factors.
- Daily shooting hours
will be statewide opening to 1:00 pm.
- Each hunting party is
required to hunt over a minimum of 12 decoys. Hunting over decoys means the
decoys shall be staked, placed or floating, be individually visible, be at
least 8 inches long, and not within a boat, blind, or container.
- Cutting of natural vegetation
for any purpose will be unlawful.
- This area is closed
to fishing ten days prior to the central dusk season through the close of
the central canada goose season season.
- In the event of adverse
water and/or weather conditions, such as flooding, high winds, unsafe ice
or heavy fog, hunting is prohibited.
- To hunt waterfowl in
this area, all watercraft have to be at least 16 ft.long and 60 in. in beam
and powered by a gasoline motor.
- All hunting must be from
an anchored portable boat blind, within 10 yds. of the assigned numbered blind
location. Portable boat blinds must have been completed, including final brushing,
before entering the area, and removed at the end of each hunting day.
- All water areas not
posted with blind site numbers shall be refuge and are closed to all boat
- Access to water blind
sites will be by boat only and from designated boat launch sites.
- Shoreline dike blinds
will only be open on Saturday and Sunday. NOTE: the dike is a road, and it
is not permitted to shoot on or over a road.
- No guns may be carried
from water blinds to retrieve waterfowl that fall on land.
- Only federally Approved
Non-toxic Shot only, for use in waterfowl hunting.
- This site is not open
to the September Teal and Goose seasons or hunting snow geese past the close
of the legal canada goose season for this site.
Low water conditions may exist at the boat ramp, launch at your own risk.
to participate in programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
and those funded by the U.S. Fish & 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
Opportunity Officer, IDNR, 1 Resource Way, Springfield, IL 62701-1787; (217)