STATE FISH & WILDLIFE AREA
WATERFOWL HUNTING FACT SHEET
2010 - 2011 Season
P.O.BOX 126 , BRACEVILLE, IL 60407
The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation
opportunity for the residents of the State. Of particular concern is providing
safe hunting areas on public lands throughout the State. This Hunter Fact Sheet
contains information relating to the waterfowl hunting program at the Braidwood
State Fish and Wildlife Area. Braidwood is characterized by extreme topography,
characteristic of strip mining operations. Numerous underwater hazards are found
throughout the site. Fog and wind can also be limiting factors on this body
of water. Several bodies of water are found on this site, dominated by the main
cooling lake. Access is limited to waterfowl hunting only during the fall and
winter from designated locations only.
3 Miles south of Braidwood just off Rt. 53, and within easy access of I-55 via
Reed Road or through Gardner.
Sky busting during the canada goose only season has continued to be a problem. A shell limit of 5 shells per goose allowed in the daily bag for the central canada goose only season has been instituted. If the limit is 2 you may only bring 10 shells on to the site and so on. This does not include the regular duck season.
GENERAL HUNTING REGULATIONS:
- 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:
a. For any person to possess or consume any alcoholic beverage, including
beer, wine, prior to or while on any site for the purpose of hunting;
b. 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;
c. To hunt in restrictively posted areas or within100 yards of construction
sites, residences, and developed recreation areas;
d. 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;
e. To hunt outside designated areas at the site (see attached map);
f. To use any weapon other than a shotgun;
g. To hunt in standing crops;
h. To leave the site before checking out. Check out is required within 60
minutes of completion of a hunt;
I. To hunt any species of wildlife except waterfowl.
- No hunting is allowed
on Mondays and Tuesdays, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
- Blind sites will be allocated
by a daily drawing. The daily drawing will be held 1 hour before legal shooting
time. Blind sites not selected during the drawing will be allocated on a first-come,
first-serve basis one hour after legal shooting time. Vacant blind sites will
not be allocated until 1 hour after legal shooting time. Further, no blind
will be allocated after 10:00 A.M.
- 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.
- 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 the
blind. If any person in the party is under 16 years of age, they must be accompanied
by an adult before hunting due to safety factors.
- To participate in the
daily drawing, hunters must possess a valid Hunting License, Waterfowl Stamps,
and F.O.I.D. card (Unless exempt). Upon checking out, these items will be
- Daily shooting hours
will be statewide opening to 1:00 p.m..
- 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, from 10 days prior the regular central waterfowl opener to and through
the end of the central waterfowl season. The area will not be open to waterfowl
hunting during the September goose or teal seasons or past the central canada
goose season. The site is open for the youth waterfowl season.
- In the event of adverse
water and/or weather conditions, such as flooding, high winds, or heavy fog,
national or local security; hunting will be prohibited.
- To hunt waterfowl in
this area, all watercraft has to be at least 16 feet long and 60 inches in
beam and have a gasoline powered motor.
- All hunting must be
from an anchored portable boat blind, within 10 yards 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Federally approved Non-Toxic
Shot Only, for use in waterfowl hunting.
- Boat blinds must not
be tied off to blind stakes.
- Statewide bag limits
and dates for the Central Waterfowl Hunting Zones apply.
Sky busting during the Canada goose only season has continued to be a problem. A shell limit of 5 shells per goose allowed in the daily bag for the central Canada goose season has been instituted. If the limit is 2 you may only bring 10 shells on to the site and so on. This does not include the regular duck season.
Equal opportunity 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, One Natural Resource Way, Springfield, IL 62702;
(217) 785-0067; TTY (217) 782-9175.