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Dixon Springs State Park

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 567
  • Habitat: The majority of the hunting area is forested, with areas of mature timber and young forest.  Limited open areas are present and are managed for dove hunting opportunities and wildlife forage.  Topography varies greatly across the site with some areas being very steep. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.

Site Specific Regulations

  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter.
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • All hunters must SIGN IN and OUT and report harvest each day at the registration boxes before leaving the site.
  • Hunting is restricted to only those areas posted as open to hunting (see map).
  • Additional regulations will be posted at the designated parking and check-in areas.
  • Portable stands only for deer hunting. No permanent stands, screw in steps or other devices that pierce the bark of trees. Stands must be visibly marked with the hunter’s name, address and phone number. Stands may be left unattended from Sept. 15 – Jan. 31. Limit of one tree stand per hunter.
  • It is unlawful to use or occupy a ground blind during any firearm deer season on public land unless at least 400 square inches of solid vivid blaze orange material is securely attached to the uppermost portion of the blind and a substantial amount of orange is visible for 360 degrees.
  • Firearm deer and turkey opportunities are available for disabled hunters.
  • Species-specific rules:


  • It is unlawful to drive deer, or participate in a deer drive, on all Department owned or managed properties during all deer seasons.
  • Archery, Muzzleloader, Youth
    • Statewide regulations.
  • Firearm
    • Disabled and site-specific permits available to draw.


  • Fall Archery
    • Statewide regulations.
  • Fall Gun
    • Requires County Permit issued through statewide lottery
  • Spring/Youth
    • Available through draw of site-specific permit.


  • No waterfowl hunting offered.


  • Squirrel
    • Statewide Regulations.
  • Rabbit hunting not offered.

Upland Birds

  • Dove
    • Statewide regulations.
    • Non-toxic shot is required.
  • No other upland bird hunting offered.


  • Hunting
    • Statewide regulations.
  • Trapping
    • No trapping opportunities are available at this site.