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Matthiessen State Park

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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.
  • Parking and hunting must be done in designated areas only.
  • All hunting must be done with shotguns.
  • Hunters should note postings for restrictions, closing, and regulations.
  • Species-specific rules:

Deer

  • Archery
    • Statewide regulations
    • Allowed in Zone A (lots 1-11) during all deer firearm seasons
    • Lots 3, 5, 6, and 22 are closed in October
    • Antlerless deer only in October. Then either sex from Nov. 1 through end of season.
    • Must check in at the site check station prior to hunting and report out/harvest immediately after hunting.
    • Blaze orange required during all firearm seasons in Zone A
    • Tree stands must be portable and tagged with hunter’s name, address, phone number.
    • All tree stands and blinds must be removed daily
    • All hunters must attend the safety talk prior to entering the field.
  • Firearm
    • Statewide regulations
    • Site specific permit required
    • Zone A has archery hunters during firearm season.
    • First state issued permit will be antlerless only. After deer is checked in at site check station, a $5.00 permit will be issued for either sex.
    • Check station closes at 6:00pm and is manned during Firearm and Muzzleloader seasons only
    • Must check in at check station before 5:00am
    • Standby permits available by drawing at 5:30am and 12:00pm (noon) for $5 each.
    • Tree stands must be portable and tagged with hunter’s name, address, phone number.
    • All tree stands and blinds must be removed daily
    • All hunters MUST attend safety talk before entering the field
    • Hunters who wish to change hunting areas must report to the check station prior to moving.
  • Muzzleloader
    • Statewide regulations
    • Site specific permit required
    • Zone A has archery hunters during firearm season.
    • First state issued permit will be antlerless only. After deer is checked in at site check station, a $5.00 permit will be issued for either sex.
    • Check station closes at 6:00pm and is manned during Firearm and Muzzleloader seasons only
    • Must check in at check station before 5:00am
    • Standby permits available by drawing at 5:30am and 12:00pm (noon) for $5 each.
    • Tree stands must be portable and tagged with hunter’s name, address, phone number.
    • All tree stands and blinds must be removed daily
    • All hunters MUST attend safety talk before entering the field
    • Hunters who wish to change hunting areas must report to the check station prior to moving.
  • Special CWD
    • Must have a Starved Rock site specific permit to hunt
    • Hunters are required to self-check in and out at site check station (at Matthiessen State Park).
    • No stand-by permits
    • Tree stands must be portable and tagged with hunter’s name, address, phone number.
    • All tree stands and blinds must be removed daily

Turkey

  • Spring
    • All turkey hunters must possess a site-specific permit. The permit is issued through the Springfield permit office as part of the regular permit lottery process.
    • Hunters are required to register at the check station and must display a parking pass while hunting.
    • Hunters must return their parking passes and immediately report their hunting efforts and harvest on the sheets provided.  
    • Harvested turkeys must be checked in/reported via the statewide telephone reporting system as outlined on your turkey hunting permit. Hunters must report harvested turkeys as taken on a Special Hunt Area (Matthiessen SP) and not as harvested in LaSalle County.
    • Hunting area is restricted to the Vermillion River Area parking lot #10.

Waterfowl

  • 2020 Waterfowl Hunting Procedures
    • First come first serve goose hunting area.
    • Sign in/sign out boxes will be located for hunters to utilize. 
  • Waterfowl hunting is limited to land based only
  • Closed during all site firearm deer seasons
  • No hunting allowed until IDNR stakes hunting locations, and hunt within 10 ‘ of stake
  • No more than 3 hunters per stake
  • portable blinds only and removed daily
  • First-come, first-served
  • sign in/out and report of harvest required

Squirrels/Rabbits

  • Squirrels
    • Shotgun squirrel hunting is allowed from Aug 1 -Sept 30.
    • All hunters must register at the check station.
    • Each hunter must display a parking pass. Hunters must return their parking passes and immediately report their hunting efforts and harvest on the sheets provided.
    • Hunting is restricted to the Vermillion River Area lot #9 & #10.
    • Shotgun shells must be size #6 lead or smaller or #4 steel or smaller.  
    • Dogs are not allowed.
  • Rabbits
    • Rabbit hunting not permitted

Upland Birds

  • Dove
    • Dove hunting permit is required and is allocated through state lottery.
    • From Sept 1-5, dove hunting allowed from 12 pm – 5 pm
    • Permit holders must register between 9-11 am at the Vermillion River Area of Matthiessen SP to validate their permits. 
    • Hunters field selection will be made at the time of registration or a drawing at 11am. 
    • Hunters will be issued a back patch which must be worn when hunting.
    • If the daily hunter quota is not filled, a drawing is held to fill the site. To be included in the drawing, a hunter must check in prior to 11am.  
    • Dove hunting is allowed from Sept 6-30 from noon until sunset. Prior to hunting in any of the dove fields, all hunters are required to register at the sign-in box located on the north side of the entrance road into the Vermilion River Area of Matthiessen SP.
    • All hunters must attend the safety talk before entering the field.
    • Designated dove hunting areas are staked. Hunters will hunt from stakes, with 2 hunters per stake.
    • Loaded guns must not be transported to or from the hunting area. Guns may not be carried into fields when retrieving birds.
    • Must use size #6 or smaller steel or other non-toxic approved shot.
    • Shell casings and litter must be picked up and placed in refuse containers.
    • All dove hunters must sign-out and report their harvest.

Furbearers

  • Trapping
    • Furbearer trapping not permitted
  • Hunting
    • Coyote Only
      • Shotgun only from the date after archery deer season closes until February 28
      • Use of dogs prohibited
      • Archery Deer Hunters may take coyotes during archery deer season
      • Windshield Card required

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