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Archery Deer and Turkey Seasons Begin October 1, 2021!

Walnut Point State Park

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 603
  • Habitat: wooded ravines on and along the river, dominated by various species of mature hardwoods surrounding a 60 acre lake. Stands of large pine, feral fields and shrubby areas are scattered throughout. Site is subject to controlled burns for habitat management during the fall.
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Site Specific Regulations

  • Hunters must park in a designated parking spot, no pull off parking.
  • 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.
  • The Upper Embarras Woods Nature Preserve is closed to all hunting except Archery Deer.
  • No hunting of any type is allowed in the campground, except raccoon hunting is allowed throughout site.
  • Up to 1 tree stand or ground blind per hunter may be installed 2 weeks prior to the deer season start date and they must be removed no later than 2 weeks following the season end date. The name and address or windshield card number must be affixed to the tree stand or ground blind.
  • Site is subject to burns in both spring and fall.

Deer

Archery

  • Statewide regulations, except only antlered deer may be harvested October 1-15. Antlerless deer may be harvested beginning October 16.

Disabled Archery

  • The designated hunting area has one hard plastic, handicapped-accessible hunting blind. The blind will accommodate up to two people, one licensed hunter and an optional assistant.
  • Applications may be completed on site, emailed to james.hopper@illinois.gov, or mailed to: Walnut Point State Park, 2331 East County Rd 370 N, Oakland, IL 61943.
  • The open application period will be annually from August 1st until September 15th.
  • Hunters may select up to 3 weekly hunting periods on their application, if awarded each applicant will be given one week to hunt.
  • Weekly hunting periods will start on Monday and go through the following Sunday.
  • There will be no standby option.
  • Successful applicants will be required to show proof of Class P2A or higher disability, purchase statewide archery deer permits and meet all license requirements prior to hunting.
  • Application found here.

Turkey

  • Fall Archery
    • Statewide regulations.

Waterfowl

  • Waterfowl hunting not permitted.

Squirrels/Rabbits

  • Squirrels
    • Statewide regulations.
    • May use shotguns, .22 rimfire rifle, black powder rifles and air rifles.
  • Rabbits
    • Rabbit hunting not permitted.

Upland Birds

  • Upland bird hunting not permitted.

Furbearers

  • Trapping
    • Statewide regulations, except that must use only Egg traps, D-P (Dog-proof) traps, box traps, cage traps, and traps of similar design for land sets.
  • Hunting
    • Raccoon hunting only
    • Statewide regulations
    • Rimfire rifles .22 caliber and smaller may be used from sunset to sunrise.
    • Furbearer hunting closed during Firearm Deer Season
    • Windshield Card required

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