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Freeman Mine State Habitat Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 24
  • Habitat: Freeman Mine SHA occupies a former strip mine site.  Old-field vegetation and restored native warm season grass and forbs cover flat-to-rolling topography.  The site also boasts a 14-acre lake on which the IDNR maintains a blind for waterfowl hunting.
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Site Specific Regulations

  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter.
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • 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.
  • Species-specific rules:


  • No deer hunting offered


  • No turkey hunting offered


  • Youth season
    • Weekend preceding the Central Zone opening day
    • Closes at 1 p.m.
    • Blind sites are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Waterfowl season
    • Closes at 1 p.m. daily, except the last 3 days of the Canada Goose season have statewide hours
    • Blind sites are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis


  • No squirrel hunting offered
  • Rabbits
    • Requires upland permit
    • Limit is 2 rabbits per hunter.
    • Hunting hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Upland Birds

  • Dove
    • Requires site specific permit
    • Hunting hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Upland permit holders may harvest doves during the statewide dove season
  • Pheasant/Quail
    • Requires upland permit
    • Limit is 2 cock pheasant, 4 bobwhite quail
    • Hunting hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


  • Hunting
    • Statewide regulations
    • 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.
    • Windshield Card required
  • Trapping
    • No furbearer trapping is permitted


  • None