Hunting

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Welcome Hunters!

Hunting at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is available on all lands open to the public. Midewin National Tallgrass prairie is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and is a federal facility. State hunting laws as outlined in the Illinois Digest of Hinting and Trapping Regulations are enforced at Midewin with the additions specified in the Special Hunt Area Rules.

 

General Hunting Information

Hunting Seasons

  • Midewin is open for Deer and Turkey hunting season per the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
    • Deer: Begins October 1
    • Turkey: Spring only

Dos

  • Make sure you have your Illinois State hunting license WITH habitat stamp.
  • Stop in at the Welcome Center to get your hunting pass (no fee) and watch a short, informative, video on the unique aspects of hunting at Midewin.
  • Be aware of special rules for hunting in Midewin because of the on-going Army clean-up and restoration activities.
  • Check bulletin boards in parking lots or call the Welcome Center to find out about any areas that may be temporarily closed to hunting.
  • Use a portable blind that won't damage trees and that you remove at the end of each days hunt.
  • If you need an accessible blind make a reservation through the Welcome Center.
  • You can arrive as early as 4 a.m. to hunt, but you have to leave by 10 p.m.

Do Nots

  • Hunting with handguns is not permitted at Midewin.
  • Don't take any game or nongame species other than deer or turkey.
  • No hunting is allowed on private inholdings within Midewin.
  • Don't construct or use a permanent blind/tree stand.
  • Don't open the pasture gates or harass the livestock/non-game animals.

 

 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/midewin/recreation/hunting