Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area Hunter Fact Sheet
2013 - 2014 Season
24621 N. River Road, Wilmington, IL 60481
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 the waterfowl hunting program at
the Des Plaines Conservation Area.
8 miles south of I-80 on I-55 to Wilmington Exit # 241, then West 2 miles.
Total Acres - 5400
Huntable Acres - Only from designated blinds within the Waterfowl Management
area on the Des Plaines River. All blinds are boat accessible only.
WATERFOWL HUNTING REGULATIONS
General Hunting Regulations
All applicable regulations
found in the Wildlife Code of 1971 Federal Regulations and Administrative
Order 510 shall apply, unless the site regulations are more restrictive.
- Blind site - A position within
10 feet of a numbered stake where a blind must be constructed.
- Blind builder - Person that has
been assigned a blind as result of the random drawing.
- Blind partner - Person(s) chosen
by the blind builder to assist in the construction and maintenance of the
blind and to share in its hunting privileges and responsibilities.
- Drawing- Procedure by which blinds
are randomly assigned.
- Blind registration card- Card
issued by the Department and affixed to each blind listing the names and addresses
of the blind builders.
- Completed blind - A blind with
all the framework and siding constructed and in readiness for use as determined
by the DWB.
Blind Construction and Allocation of Blinds
- Blind sites shall be
determined by the Department and marked by numbers.
- All blinds shall be allocated
for a one-year period by a public drawing. The time and place for the drawing
will be publicly announced by the Department.
- Registrants for the
drawing must be at least 16 years old and possess a current or preceding year's
Illinois hunting license, a current or preceding year's Illinois Migratory
Waterfowl Stamp, and a current or recently (within one year) expired F.O.I.D.
card unless exempted by law for these items. Residents exempt by law to have
a license or stamp must have a F.O.I.D. card. Persons under 21 years of age
who do not have an F.O.I.D. card must be accompanied by an adult who has a
valid F.O.I.D. card in his possession at the time of the drawing. Applicants
must be present at the time of registration and drawing to be eligible to
receive a blind at the drawing.
- Blinds must be placed
at or within 10 feet of an IDNR marked site, be at least 4' by 8', sturdy
enough to withstand daily usage, and must be maintained in good condition
by the blind builders throughout the season. Boat hides are required and must
be 18' by 6' and shall be sturdy enough to withstand daily use, and must also
be maintained in good condition throughout the season.
- Blinds built over water
must be of platform construction with the platform constructed above normal
water conditions or they may be floating blinds.
- Blinds must be completed,
including final brushing, 3 weeks in advance of the opening date of
the duck season, after which time the Department of Natural Resources
will inspect all blinds and blind sties and issue Blind Registration Cards
to those which pass inspection. Blind builders must post the Blind
Registration Card in the blind prior to the first day of duck season.
If adverse water conditions make compliance with this rule difficult, the
District Wildlife Biologist may grant exceptions to the schedule. Failure
to comply with guidelines may result in loss of blind rights and use.
- Sites on which blinds
have not been built, as well as sites on which blinds of an unsatisfactory
quality have been built, will be reassigned to alternates selected at the
drawing. All reassigned blinds and boats hides must be completed, including
final brushing, in advance of the opening date of the waterfowl season.
- Previous year's blind
builders shall have until Feb. 1 to salvage materials from the blind sites,
otherwise blind materials on site become property of the Department or the
new blind builders.
- No more than 3 persons
shall be registered for assignment at any one blind site. Blind builders
shall submit partner names on a blind registration form as directed by August
31. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of blind. After August 31 no
changes will be accepted.
- No person shall be allowed
to be a blind builder or partner on more than one Waterfowl Management Area
- Blind winners
will be provided forms of the purpose of maintaining waterfowl harvest records.
The forms must be completed and returned by February 15 or the blind builders
and partners for that blind will not be allowed to be a blind builder or partner
at this site for the following year.
Waterfowl Hunting Regulations
- Blind builders or partners must
occupy their blinds ½ hour before opening shooting time each day in
order to claim their blind.
- Attempts to claim blinds by any
manner other than actual occupation shall be considered in violation of this
part, and shall be cause for arrest. The insertion of a boat into the boat
hide and/or the spreading of decoys before a blind shall not be considered
legal occupation of a blind.
- A blind not legally occupied
by ½ hour before opening shooting hour each day may be claimed by anyone
on a first come basis.
- No person shall fish within 250
yards of an occupied blind within the hunting area.
- No person shall hunt, or attempt
to hunt, waterfowl and coots except from within a registered blind.
- No person under 16 years of age
shall hunt, or attempt to hunt, unless accompanied by an adult.
- All hunting parties shall hunt
with at least 12 decoys. Decoys shall be staked, placed, or floating, be individually
visible, be at least 8 inches long, and not be within a boat, blind or container.
- No person shall trespass, for
any purpose, on areas posted as Refuge or Waterfowl Rest Areas.
- Not more than 4 persons shall
occupy a blind at one time.
- Blinds shall not be locked.
- Claiming or attempting to claim
a blind which is legally occupied, and/or to harass, in any manner, the occupants
of a blind which has been legally occupied is unlawful.
- Blinds must include a dog hide
that is on the same level as the blind. The dog hide can either be incorporated into the blind by providing a hole at floor level that measures at least 20
inches high by 20 inches wide or by providing a separate compartment that is attached to the blind. Hides attached
to the blind should have a minimum floor space that measures 2 feet by 2 feet and should be at least
2.5 feet high with two openings. One opening should be between the blind and the dog hide, should measure at
least 20 inches by 20 inches, and should be constructed at the same level at the blind floor. The water
access opening should be at least 20 inches wide and 20 inches high. Hides either within the blind or attached
should have an enforced ramp to water level that is at least 15 inches wide with cleats every 12 inches. Openings
in the blind must be capable of being closed when not in use.
Section E. September
Teal Season (proposed)
- The September teal season
dates will be publicly announced when available.
- Hunting rights are first
come first served for all blind locations after ½ before shooting time.
- Hunting is from numbered
sites only. Blinds do not need to be completed for the teal season.
For additional information
please contact: Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area, 24621 N.
RIVER ROAD, WILMINGTON, IL 60481 PH: 815-423-5326
Equal opportunity to participate
in programs of the IL Dept. 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, 524 S. 2nd, Springfield, IL 62701-1787; (217) 785-0067;
TTY (217) 782-9175.