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Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 3,063
  • Habitat: about 400 acres of grassland and 1,600 acres of woodland, with a mix of agricultural fields.
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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.
  • Hunters must remove tree stands daily and windshield card number must be displayed on tree stands.
  • Waterfowl hunters must sign-in at the North Access informational display prior to hunting and sign-out and report harvest at the end of each day.
  • Species-specific rules

Deer

Firearm

  • Statewide regulations
  • Firearm deer hunters must obtain a windshield card AND apply to Springfield for a site-specific permit.
  • Youth firearm deer has a quota of 3 hunters that will be established via a site-specific drawing held at the park office.

Archery

  • Statewide regulations
  • Upland Management Unit is closed to archery deer hunters during the youth deer firearm season.

Turkey

  • Spring turkey hunters (adults and youth) must obtain a site-specific permit from Springfield.
  • Upland Management Unit is closed to fall archery turkey hunting during the youth deer firearm season.

Waterfowl

  • Youth
    • Youth season is typically the weekend preceding the Illinois Central Zone duck season.
    • Youth hunters may be 15 years of age or younger.
  • All waterfowl hunting seasons
    • Hunting must be done from staked sites only.
    • No permanent blinds allowed and only 4 hunters per blind
    • No cutting of vegetation on site
    • Hunting is allowed north of the railroad tracks only.
    • Shooting hours during teal and early Canada goose season shall be from legal opening to 9 a.m. All hunters must be checked out at sign-in box by 10 a.m. Hunting is allowed from blinds 8 and 9 only.
    • Shooting hours during the regular duck and goose season shall be from legal opening to 1 p.m.
    • All hunters must be checked out at sign-in box by 2 p.m.

Squirrels/Rabbits

  • Squirrels
    • Squirrel hunting is from statewide opening through September 30.
    • Hunting is with shotgun only.
  • Rabbits
    • Rabbit hunting is allowed on Wednesdays only.
    • Permits are issued from the Springfield permit office via the Free Upland Game Permit.
      • Permit holder is allowed to bring 3 hunting partners
    • Rabbit hunting is restricted to the Upland Management Area.

Upland Birds

  • Pheasants & Quail
    • Upland bird hunting is allowed on Wednesdays only.
    • Permits are issued from the Springfield permit office via the Free Upland Game Permit.
    • Permit holder is allowed to bring 3 hunting partners
    • Upland bird hunting is restricted to the Upland Management Area.
    • Limit of Bobwhite quail is 4 per hunter.
  • Doves
    • Dove hunting is restricted to the managed field.
    • Dove season is September 1 – 30.
    • Registration will be held at site office check station for dove permit and for any non-permit holders from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. each hunting day.
    • Hunting hours will be from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
    • September 1 – 5, hunting is allowed for permit holders. Permits are issued from the Springfield Permit Office. A standby drawing may be held to fill vacancies.
    • After the first 5 days of dove season, a drawing will be held each time more than 14 hunters properly register for the daily hunt.
    • Only non-toxic shot, # 6 steel shot or # 7 1/2 bismuth or smaller is allowed.
    • All hunting is from within 10 feet of assigned staked location. Any hunters wishing to change locations must first report to the check station.

Furbearers

  • Hunting
    • Coyote only
      • Coyote hunting is with a shotgun or archery only.
    • 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.
    • Windshield Card required
  • Trapping
    • A valid site permit is required for trapping. Permits are issued via a public drawing at the site office on the last Friday of October at 11 a.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m.. Must posses current or previous year trapping license to be eligible.
    • Trappers may have a partner.
    • Trappers must stay in assigned area and report harvest to the site office within 20 days of the closing of the trapping season.

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