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Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park Archery Deer

2020-2021 Season

Archery Deer Application    MAP - Archery Deer North Unit    MAP - Archery Deer South Unit (January Dates Only)                    

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 Unit.

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.


Archery Deer Hunting Regulations:

  1. Dates: Statewide Season.
  2. Permits: Hunting periods will be filled through a mail-in drawing. Applications are available at IBSP and online. 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 one week periods and a hunting area in the North Unit. All hunters will be required to show proof of a current hunting license and a state issued archery permit.
  3. Hunting Area: Hunting is restricted to designated areas only (see map) of the North 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. 
  4. Scouting: Preseason scouting is allowed prior and during the hunt.
  5. Parking: You must park in designated parking lots only. No parking is allowed along roadways.
  6. 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.
  7. Hazards: Controlled burning, for habitat management purposes, may be used in your hunting zone.
  8. Please clean your boots of any vegetation or mud before you enter the North Unit.
For more information please contact: 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 (217)782-9175.