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Double T State Fish and Wildlife Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 460
  • Habitat: A lake surrounded by wetlands creates an area for migratory birds and a place for hunting waterfowl. The area is also characterized by native grasslands and field acreage.

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.
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • At no time are hunters permitted to enter the waterfowl refuge unless given permission by IDNR personnel in charge of this area.
  • The lake is closed to fishing from Oct 1 – April 1.
  • Hunters under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Species-specific rules:


  • Deer hunting not permitted


  • Turkey hunting not permitted


Duck Season

  • Duck permits are allocated by drawing. Applicants must apply online.
  • Open every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday during the Central Zone duck season
  • 6 permits available per day
  • Daily drawing for hunt location held at Rice Lake SFWA check station at 4:30 AM; after that time, permits are void and standby hunters may enter drawing
  • Hunting from stakes or pits only
  • Hunters will be assigned sites next to numbered stakes/blinds/pit
  • Hunters must park as assigned
    • Stake/Blind/Pit 1 – Lot 1
    • 2/4 – Lot 2/4
    • 3 – Lot 3
    • 4 – Lot 4
    • 5 – Lot 5
    • 6 – Lot 6
    • 7 – Lot 7
    • 8 – Lot 8
    • 9 – Lot 9
  • Hunters walk-in to assigned sites and must hunt within 10 feet of assigned stake. Hunters may not move from the assigned stake to other staked sites.
  • Permit holder may bring up to 3 guests.
  • All hunting will cease at 1 pm.
  • Hunters must check-out at the self-check box on the site.
  • All use other than permit hunting is prohibited from October 1 through the close of the Central Zone Duck Season.

Late Goose, Conservation Order Light Goose

  • Statewide hours; opens the day after the close of Central Zone Duck season.
  • Hunters must check in and out at the self-check box on the site.
  • Hunting from stakes or pits only; 4 persons per stake.
  • Hunters cannot check in before 5:00 a.m. the day of the hunt.
  • Stakes or pits allocated on a first come-first served basis.


  • Squirrels
    • Squirrel hunting not permitted
  • Rabbits
    • Rabbit hunting permitted Feb 1-15
    • Non-toxic shot only.

Upland Birds

  • Dove
    • Sept 1-5:
      • Dove hunting is allowed from sunrise to noon for those hunters who have been selected by a drawing.
      • A drawing will be held 1 hour before sunrise at the site office. There are often more hunters than can be accommodated for the first 5 days of dove season.  
    • Sept 6-30:
      • Statewide hours apply
    • Non-toxic shot only


  • Trapping
    • Muskrat, Mink, Raccoon, Opossum, Striped Skunk, Weasel, Gray Fox, Red Fox, Coyote, Badger, River Otter, Beaver, Bobcat, and Woodchuck (Groundhog)
      • Statewide regulations
      • A site permit is required and must be in possession while trapping on the area.
      • Trappers must stay within assigned areas.
      • No trapping is permitted in sub-impoundments or designated waterfowl management units during duck season.
      • A drawing shall be held prior to the opening of the season. The date of the drawing shall be announced by the Department by public announcement here and the drawing shall be held at the site. Persons participating in the drawing must have either a current or previous year trapping license. The number of permits per site shall be determined pursuant to 17 Ill. Adm. Code 510.20. Permit applicants must submit name and address to the site prior to drawing.
      • 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 4.5 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.
      • .22 caliber or smaller rimfire firearms permitted unless otherwise specified.
  • Hunting
    • Furbearer hunting not permitted.


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