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Upland Game Hunting


The Basics

IRAP Upland Game sites are leased from private landowners for registered IRAP participants. These sites have been scouted for bird activity. No pen raised birds are put on these properties; only wild birds are present. These sites are also managed for upland bird habitat.

Who can apply:

  • Any legally licensed hunter who has completed their hunter safety course (if born in 1980 or after) and who complies with all Illinois hunting laws.
  • Youth (under age 18): All youth hunters must have a non-hunting supervisor
  • 1st-Time Adult (someone who has not hunted in the past five years)
  • Adult (any qualified hunter)

- Currently unavailable

Where: IRAP has leased private property in CHRISTIAN, HENRY, KNOX, SCOTT and WHITESIDE counties for QUAIL AND PHEASANT hunting. These sites can accommodate up to 4 hunters and their dogs. Sites are reserved for a 2-day hunt on Saturday and Sunday during the last 3 weekends in December. The 2022 Dates are December 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25, 31.

There is limited availability for hunting sites. The deadline for applying is 5pm November 1, 2022.

How It Works

  • A participant must complete an IRAP upland game application online.
  • An Upland Game hunting lottery will be held each hunting weekend.
  • Site are awarded for a 2-day hunting weekend in December.
  • Successful applicants will be sent a packet with driving directions, a map and two site permits, one for their vehicle and one to be carried on their person.
  • If a child is accompanying an adult, they must also register.
  • Application deadline is 5pm November 1, 2022

Hunters MUST fill out a survey after each hunt. Future hunting privileges are dependent on the return of your survey. For your convenience, an online survey is linked at the top of the page.


IRAP Rules 

  1. Participants must first apply for a site and then be awarded a site permit.
  2. Foot Traffic Only.
  3. Groups of up to four can apply.
  4. No ATVs.
  5. Dogs are allowed but must be kept in close range of the hunter.
  6. Illinois Hunting Rules and Regulations must be followed.
  7. For more information, view the Upland Game Hunting and Regulations.

IRAP access is provided through cooperation of private landowners and the  IL Department of Natural Resources.

Participating in 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 designated parking area.