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.
Who: Any 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.
When: IRAP 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
Where: City, 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.