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Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 1,314
  • Habitat: The Fox River flows through Silver Springs SFWA. The site contains small lakes and wetlands among open habitats such as prairie restorations, cool season grasslands and agricultural fields as well as several small tracts of timber.

Site Specific Regulations

  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter.
  • Site requires use of windshield card, displayed on vehicle dashboard, to report hunting effort and harvest by 15 February.
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • Non-hunters are not allowed in areas where hunting is in progress.
  • A hunter’s shotgun cannot be capable of firing more than three consecutive shots.
  • Species-specific rules:

Deer

  • Archery
    • From Oct 1 to Jan 14, deer may be hunted with bow and arrow.
    • A limited number of archery deer hunters may hunt per day.
    • Determination of those who hunt is by first come first served.
    • Hunters must sign in. Sign in is allowed 2 hours prior to legal shooting time.
    • Hunters must sign out and report harvest.
    • Sign-out sheet is on the back porch of the office.
    • Hunters may hunt in Areas B & C only.
    • Archers must wear blaze orange cap & upper garment while in area C on days that upland bird hunting is taking place.
    • Only portable non-piercing tree stands are allowed.
    • Stands must be removed daily.
  • Archery deer hunters may take coyote during archery deer season.

Turkey

  • Turkey hunting is not permitted.

Waterfowl

  • Waterfowl hunting is not permitted.

Squirrels/Rabbits

  • Squirrels
    • Squirrel may be hunted from Sept. 5 through Sept. 30.
    • A limited number of hunters is allowed per day.
    • Determination of those who hunt is by first-come first-serve basis.
    • Squirrel hunters must use shotgun only loaded with lead shot of #6 or smaller or with steel shot # 4 or smaller.
    • Hunters must hunt in Areas B & C only.
    • Hunters must sign in and sign out and report harvest on back porch of office.
  • Rabbits
    • Rabbit hunting is not permitted.

Upland Birds

  • Dove
    • From Sept. 1 to Sept. 5, a site permit is required for dove hunting.
    • Dove hunting with a site permit is from noon to 5:00 PM.
    • Registration for dove hunting permit is from 9:00 AM to 11:00 A.M.
    • If hunter fails to report, his or her permit is void after 11:00 AM.
    • A drawing is held at 11:00 AM for vacancies.
    • Hunters with permits must sign in and wear a department-issued back patch.
    • Hunters must sign out and report harvest in person.
    • From Sept. 6 to Sept. 30, dove hunting is allowed without a site permit.
    • Dove hunting without the site permit is from noon to sunset.
    • Determination of those who hunt is by first-come first-serve basis.
    • Hunters must sign in and sign out and report harvest.
    • For both permit and non-permit dove hunting, hunters must hunt within 10 feet of a marked location in designated fields. Loaded shotguns are not to be transported to or from the hunting area. Shotguns are not allowed in the field when retrieving doves.
    • Non-toxic shot is required. Shot may be #6 or smaller steel or other non-toxic approved shot.
  • Pheasant
    • From Nov. 3 to Dec. 31, a site permit is required for pheasant hunting. See the Controlled Pheasant Hunting Program page for more information on how and when to apply.
    • Pheasant hunting with a site permit is allowed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Pheasant hunters with site permits must register between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM.
    • Pheasant hunting is closed Monday – Thursday each week and on Christmas Day.
    • Hunting is allowed only in Areas A, D, & E.
    • Non-toxic shot is required. Shot size: #3 or smaller steel or other non-toxic approved shot.
    • Blaze orange cap, upper garment & IDNR patch are required.
    • Archers must use flu-flu arrows only.
    • Pheasant hunters are required to hunt in assigned area for first hour.
    • Bag limit is two pheasants of either sex.
    • A pheasant must be tagged with an IDNR tag before it is removed from area.
  • Quail
    • Quail hunting is not permitted.

Furbearers

  • Trapping
    • Furbearer trapping is not permitted.
  • Hunting
    • Archery or Shotgun only
    • Coyote may be taken with a shotgun from the day after the archery deer season closes until February 28
    • Archery deer hunters may take coyotes during the archery deer season
    • Pursuit of coyotes with dogs is prohibited

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