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Upland Game Hunting


The Basics

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. 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 19) All youth hunters must have a non-hunting supervisor
  • 1st-Time Adult (someone who has not hunted in past five years)
  • Adult (any qualified hunter)

2020 application available now

Where: IRAP has leased private property in CHRISTIAN, CLAY and SCOTT 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 in December.  2019 Dates are December 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29.

There is limited availability for hunting sites. Lotteries for each site is held approximately 25 days before the hunt date.

How It Works

  • A participant must first complete an APPLICATION and send to IRAP.
  • Upland Game hunting lottery will be held approximately 25 days prior to each hunting weekend.
  • Site are awarded for 2-day weekend in December
  • Successful applicants will be sent a site permit packet with instructions, driving directions, and two site permits, one for your vehicle and a smaller one to carry on your person.
  • If a child is accompanying an adult, they too must register.

Beginning in 2019, 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 or click the link here.


IRAP Rules

  1. Participants must first apply for a site and then be awarded a site permit.
  2. For Foot Traffic Only.
  3. Groups up to four can apply.
  4. No ATVs.
  5. Dogs are allowed and 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 Dept. of Natural Resources.

Participating is this program is a special privilege.

Please be respectful, ethical and safe.

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

Park vehicle in designated parking area.