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Waterfowl Hunting

The Basics

IRAP is leasing property from private landowners for WATERFOWL HUNTING, to include duck and goose hunting, for the general public.  Illinois is in the middle of the Mississippi flyaway – making for great waterfowl hunting opportunities! So, what are you waiting for?  Get registered, make a reservation, pack up your gun, shells and decoys and find a hunting partner to do the same.  Oh…and don’t forget your waders!

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 waterfowl in past five years)
  • Adult (any qualified hunter)

Where: There is limited availability for hunting sites. They are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sites are only available in MACOUPIN, MONTGOMERY and WHITESIDE counties.

Waterfowl Hunting on IRAP leased sites is available for public hunting to registered participants during the season in all four zones from November 1 until December 31st. Each hunter will have been assigned the hunt site for five consecutive days. Click this link for the IDNR Waterfowl Zone Map. 


How It Works

  • A participant must first complete an ONLINE APPLICATION and Release of Liability Waiver at least four weeks before the hunt dates requested.
  • Each hunting site has a blind that can accommodate a group of four hunters.
  • If sending in as a group, each individual hunter must complete an online application, including the Release of Liability Waiver, and provide the names of the other hunters in the group.
  • If a child is accompanying an adult, the parent/guardian must complete the online application and Liability Waiver for the child. 

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 Waterfowl Hunting Rules

  • Participants must first apply online for a site/dates to hunt

  • Primarily Foot Traffic Only, ATVs if necessary for hauling decoys but leave no ruts.

  • No boats allowed

  • Dogs are allowed and must be kept in close range of the hunter.

  • Illinois Hunting Rules and Regulations must be followed.

  • Decoys can be left during your entire reservation period (up to 5 consecutive days). 

  • To review the full list of IRAP Waterfowl Applications, Rules & Regulations, click here. 

For more information about waterfowl hunting in Illinois, visit IDNR's Waterfowl Hunting Site.


IRAP access is provided through cooperation of private landowners and the 

IL Deptartment 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.