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Argyle Lake State Park

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 900
  • Habitat: heavily wooded, with a 93 acre lake and 5 miles of rugged foot trails through native forests.
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Site Specific Regulations

  • Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.
  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter.
  • Site requires use of windshield card displayed on vehicle dashboard to report hunting effort and harvest by 15 February.
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • Species-specific rules:


Only one tree stand or ground blind is allowed per deer hunter. Tree stands and ground blinds must be removed by January 31st may be left unattended from September 15 through January 31. Any tree stand or ground blind left unattended must be legibly marked with the owner’s name, address, and telephone number, or site assigned identification number.


  • Statewide regulations.


  • Requires site-specific permit allocated through the statewide lottery.
  • Permit holders and standby hunters must register at the check station by 5 am each day of the hunt. Unregistered permits are void after 5 am. Vacancies will be filled each day by another drawing at 5 am.
  • Standby hunters will be issued a 1 day, site specific permit at the check station for $5.00.
  • Legal hunting devices as described in 17 Ill. Adm. Code, Section 650.30 a)

Late-Season Firearm

  • Late-winter season permit, or unfilled Arglyle Lake SP permit, or McDonough County firearm permit required if McDonough County is open during the Late-Winter Season.


  • Youth
    • Open for Youth season under statewide regulations.
  • Spring
    • Statewide regulations.
  • Fall
    • Statewide regulations.
    • Shotgun or archery.


  • Waterfowl hunting not permitted


  • Squirrels
    • Statewide regulations.
    • Shotgun only
  • Rabbits
    • Statewide regulations.
    • Closed during Regular Firearm Deer Season

Upland Birds


  • Season starts the Tuesday after Labor Day, with a statewide closing date.

Pheasant and Quail

  • Statewide regulations
  • Closed during Regular Firearm Deer Season



  • Statewide regulations, in addition, a permit is required; only Egg Traps®, D-P (Dog-Proof) Traps®, Lil Grizz Get’rz®, box traps, cage traps, and traps of similar design may be used for land sets; only body-gripping traps with a jaw spread of 5 inches or less, foothold traps with a jaw spread of 4½ inches or less and square body-gripping traps with a 10 inch jaw spread may be used for water sets; snares may be used for water sets.
  • Trappers must stay within assigned areas.
  • Contact site office for additional information.


  • Rimfire rifles .22 caliber and smaller may be used from sunset to sunrise.
  • Furbearer hunting closed during Firearm Deer Season
    • Hunters with a valid, unfilled firearm deer permit for the hunt area may take coyotes during legal hours of the firearm deer season. Otherwise, the use of shotgun slugs to take furbearing mammals is prohibited on state sites.
  • Coyote and striped skunk season coincides with the statewide fox season.