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Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit First Lottery Begins August 16!

Edward R. Madigan State Fish and Wildlife Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 220
  • Habitat: Edward Madigan State Park/James Helfrich Wildlife Propagation Center is comprised of a mixture of upland hardwood timber, wooded riparian/floodplain buffer (along Salt Creek), native warm-season grass and forb plantings, cool-season grass pasture, and agricultural fields. 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.
  • Upland permits are required to hunt upland game. Permits applications can be made online through the “Upland Game Hunting” section of the IDNR website. Application period is from August 1 – 31.
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • Species-specific rules:


  • No deer hunting permitted.


  • Youth Spring Turkey only open with statewide regulations
  • Youth Spring Turkey permits are available through the Permit Lottery System by going online
  • Youth Spring Turkey permits are site-specific, not county-based.


  • No waterfowl hunting permitted.


  • Squirrels
    • No squirrel hunting permitted.
  • Rabbits
    • Requires upland permit
    • Youth rabbit hunt is a 1 day season; date will be announced.
    • Youth rabbit hunting hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • State regulations apply to rabbit hunting but the hours are from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.

Upland birds

  • Dove
    • September 1 – 5, site-specific permit is required.
      • Hunting is from noon to 5 p.m.
      • Non-toxic shot is required.
      • Hunters must hunt within 10 feet of IDNR marked sites.
    • September 6 – 30, quota of 30 hunters is filled on a first-come first-serve basis.
      • Hunters must hunt within 10 feet of IDNR marked sites.
      • Non-toxic shot is required.
  • Pheasant/Quail
    • 1 day youth hunt to be announced. Hunting is from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
    • Adult hunting is from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
    • Requires upland permit
    • Falconry dates to be announced. Season will close upon the harvest of 10 hen pheasants. Falconers must sign-in and sign-out daily.


  • No furbearer hunting or trapping permitted.