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Lake Springfield Archery Deer Hunting


The Basics:

The Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP) is conducting controlled archery deer hunting on city-owned  property on specific sites around densely deer-populated areas around Lake Springfield.

  • These sites are available to experienced archery deer hunters who are willing to harvest more than one deer.
  • An antlerless deer must be harvest first before an antlered deer.
  • Successful hunters must submit an IRAP survey, in addition to the harvest report, after each deer harvested.
  • Hunters are encouraged to donate at least one deer to the food bank through a designated meat processor in Springfield. 

IRAP accepts Lake Springfield archery deer hunting applications from now through 5pm August 13, 2021.

WhoAny legally licensed EXPERIENCED archery deer hunter who resides in Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Menard, Macon, Christian, Logan or Montgomery county who has completed their hunter safety course (if born in 1980 or after) and is willing to harvest more than one deer.

WhenIRAP has three different hunting periods, allowing the participant 15 or 16 days of hunting access on the site.  A successful applicant will be assigned to one hunting period. 

            Period 1: October 1-15
            Period 2: October 16-31
            Period 3: December 16-31

WhereCity, Water, Light and Power and IRAP have chosen several specific sites around Lake Springfield. These sites have more than 15 acres and may be located near roads, homes and buildings.  Hunters must be aware and keep an appropriate distance from these areas.   

How it works: Applicants apply for an IRAP Lake Springfield archery deer site by completing an online application along with the liability waiver. Only successful applicants will be notified approximately three weeks prior to their awarded hunting period and instructed as to where their hunting site is located along with a map, instructions and a site permit allowing them to hunt on city-owned property.


Lake Springfield Archery Deer Hunters MUST fill out a survey after each harvest. 

Future hunting privileges are dependent on the return of your survey. 

For a list of IRAP Lake Springfield Deer Hunting rules, regulations, and important information, click here. 

IRAP Lake Springfield archery deer hunting access is provided through a partnership with 

Springfield’s City, Water, Light and Power and the IL Dept. of Natural Resources.

Participating is this program is a special privilege.

Please be respectful, ethical and safe.

Leave the site as you found it. Take ALL garbage with you.

Park vehicle in the designated parking area.