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Sangchris Lake State Park

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Site Characterisitcs

  • Huntable acres: 2,480
  • Habitat: This site is composed of relatively flat uplands and rolling bottomlands. A mosaic of timber, agricultural crops, grassy savanna-like areas and water provide a great diversity of habitat.
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Site Specific Regulations

  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at the site unless noted hereafter.
  • Site requires use of a windshield card that must be displayed on vehicle dashboard. Hunters must report their hunting efforts and harvest by 15 February, even if they did not harvest any animals.
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • Species-specific rules:

Deer

  • Archery
    • Only antlerless deer and bucks with 4 or more points on one antler may be harvested.
    • Non-Residents are required to obtain a special permit to hunt during the 28 days prior to the first statewide firearm deer season. Application can be found here. Contact site for further details.
  • Muzzleloader
    • Antlerless only
    • Site specific permit issued through the permit lottery system. Apply here.

Turkeys

  • Spring and Youth seasons
    • Statewide regulations
    • Permits are issued through the permit lottery system. Apply here.
  • Fall Archery
    • Statewide regulations

Waterfowl

  • 2020 Waterfowl Hunting Procedures:
    • Hunters will report to the East Boat Ramp parking lot.
    • One member from each hunting party will register at the drawing window then return to their vehicle. 
    • The check station will be manned by two employees and no one else will be allowed inside the building. 
    • As hunter’s names are pulled from the lottery, they will be contacted via a megaphone. 
    • The winner will approach the drawing window and be given a harvest card with their choice of blind/stake.
    • At the conclusion of the hunt, all hunters will deposit harvest cards in locked drop boxes located at the boat launches.
  • Youth
    • Season begins the weekend preceding the Central Zone opener.
    • Hunting ends at 1pm.
    • Lake blind sites are allocated by daily drawing.
    • Hunters must use at least 6 decoys.
  • Regular Duck and Goose
    • Hunting hours end at 1pm, except for the last 3 days of the Canada goose season.
    • Lake and goose blind sites are allocated by daily drawing.
    • Hunters must use at least 6 decoys.

Squirrels/Rabbits

  • Squirrel
    • Opens the day following Labor Day through September 30.
    • Hunters must sign-in and sign-out at hunter check stations.
  • Rabbits
    • Free Upland Game Permit is required. Apply here.
    • Hunting is on Wednesdays and Saturdays in November and December after the opening day of the statewide upland game season.
    • Closed during firearms deer seasons and on December 24 and 25.
    • Hunting hours are 11 a.m.-sunset.

Upland Birds

  • Pheasant/Quail (Adult hunt)
    • Free Upland Game Permit is required. Apply here.
    • Hunting is on Wednesdays and Saturdays in November and December after the opening day of the statewide upland game season.
    • Closed during firearms deer seasons and on December 24 and 25.
    • Hunting hours are 11 a.m.-sunset.
  • Youth Pheasant
    • Contact site for information.
  • Dove
    • September 1-5: hours are noon-5 p.m.
    • September 6 through the third Sunday in September statewide regulations apply, check with site office for more information.
    • Site specific permit required. Permits are available through the online permit application. Find more information here.
    • Hunters must hunt from within 10 feet of an IDNR-marked stake.
    • Non-toxic shot required.
    • Hunters must sign in/out at the hunter check station.

Furbearers

  • Hunting
    • Fox (red and grey), Coyote, and Striped Skunk hunting only
    • Statewide seasons and regulations, except for:
      • Central Zone Duck Season and Canada Goose Season, waterfowl and upland game hunters may take fox, coyote, and striped skunk with shotgun only in accordance with site-specific regulations
  • Trapping
    • Special seasons
    • Permit required. Permit will be issued via a drawing in October at the site office.
    • Contact site for more information
    • There is no land trapping at this site, except for that allowed around the Subimpoundment.
    • There is one zone during the raccoon trapping season which includes an arm of the Lake and the Sub.
    • After Feb. 1, the Lake opens to statewide regulations, but this only applies to water trapping, not trapping in the upland areas of the Park.

Amenities

  • Archery Range
  • Boat Access
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking Trails
  • Hunting
  • Sporting Dog Training
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