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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.
  • Digital Map
  • Printable Map

Site Specific Regulations

  • 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.
  • Only 1 tree stand or ground blind is allowed per hunter and must be removed by January 31.
  • Species-specific rules:


  • Archery
    • Statewide regulations.
  • Firearm
    • 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.
    • Muzzleloaders and handguns will only be allowed during the Firearm Deer Season as permitted by state regulations.
  • Late-Season Firearm
    • Late-winter season permit, or unfilled Arglyle Lake SP permit, or McDonough county firearm permit required.


  • Youth
    • Open for Youth season under statewide regulations.
  • Spring
    • Statewide regulations.
    • Limited to 5 hunters per day.
  • 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

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


  • Trapping
    • Statewide regulations.
    • Contact site office for additional information.
  • Hunting
    • 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.