Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park Archery Deer
Introduction: The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation opportunities for residents of Illinois. Of particular concern is providing safe hunting areas on public lands throughout the State. Illinois Beach State Park (IBSP) has approximately 900 acres for hunting in its North and South Unit. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.
Location: Located in northeast Illinois, IBSP is located on the lakefront of Lake Michigan in Zion, IL. The North Unit of IBSP is located east of Sheridan Rd and north of Shiloh Blvd.
PLEASE SIGN IN AND OUT OF MAILBOX LOG EVERTIME YOU HUNT. MAILBOXES ARE LOCATED AT ALL PARKING AREAS INDICATED ON THE MAPS.
Archery Deer Hunting Regulations:
For more information please contact:
- Dates: Statewide Season.
- Permits: Hunting periods will be filled through a mail-in drawing. Applications are available at IBSP or follow the Application Link at the top of this page. Applications must be received at the IBSP Office by August 31st to be eligible for the drawing. Successful applicants will be notified by email before September 15th. They will be assigned one of the two-week periods and a hunting area in the North and South Unit. All hunters will be required to show proof of a current hunting license and a state issued archery permit.
- Hunting Area: Hunting is restricted to designated areas only (see map) of the North and South Unit. Hunters are required to hunt from elevated stands which are a 6 foot minimum above ground or ground blinds if the topography allows. Tree stands and climbing devices must be portable and must be put up on the first day of the hunt only, but do not have to be removed at the end of each day. All trails are open to hikers during the archery hunting season, therefore stands and gut piles must be a minimum of 75 yards from designated trails. All stands must be tagged with site issued permit number on weatherproof material.
- Scouting: Preseason scouting is allowed prior and during the hunt.
- Parking: You must park in designated parking lots only. No parking is allowed along roadways.
- Tracking: If it is necessary to track a deer onto private property, you must first notify the site office and obtain permission from the landowner. All property around the park is privately owned; please respect the rights of others.
- Hazards: Controlled burning, for habitat management purposes, may be used in your hunting zone.
- Please clean your boots of any vegetation or mud before you enter the North and South Unit.
Illinois Beach State Park, Site Superintendent, 847-662-4811
Equal opportunity to participate in programs of
the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and
those funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and
other agencies is available to all individuals
regardless of race, sex, national origin, disability,
age, religion, or other non-merit factors. If you
believe you have been discriminated against, contact the
funding source’s civil rights office and/or the Equal
Employment Opportunity Officer, IDNR, One Natural
Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702; (217)785-0067; TTY