IRAP Upland Game sites are leased from private land owners 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)
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 2021 Dates are December 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26.
There is limited
availability for hunting
sites. The deadline
for applying is 5pm November
How It Works
- A participant must complete an IRAP upland
game application online.
- An Upland
Game hunting lottery
will be held each hunting
- Site are awarded for a 2-day hunting weekend
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, 2021
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.
- Participants must first apply for a site and then be awarded a site permit.
- Foot Traffic
- Groups of up to four can apply.
- No ATVs.
- Dogs are allowed but must be kept in close range of
- Illinois Hunting
Rules and Regulations must be followed.
- For more information, view the Upland Game Hunting
IRAP access is provided through
cooperation of private
landowners and the IL Department of Natural Resources.
Participating in this program
is a special privilege.
be respectful, ethical
the site as you found
it. Take ALL garbage with you.
Park vehicle in designated parking