The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreational opportunities for the residents of this state. This area is managed by the Department for wildlife enhancement and improving opportunities for public hunting. The portion of the park open and managed for public hunting was purchased with Federal Aid for Wildlife Restoration (Pittman-Robertson) funds.
LOCATION: The park is located 7 miles southwest of Carlinville, 8 miles northwest of Shipman, IL, in Macoupin County.
SETTING: The hunting area consists of 430 acres. Approximately 67 acres of cropland and 38 acres of grassland and old-field are surrounded and interspersed by gently rolling hills of timber and brushy draws.
GENERAL SITE REGULATIONS:
- Site hunting permits are required for all hunters. Squirrel hunters will be required to register on-line at https://dnr.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/ and obtain their site permit and windshield card. All hunters must possess and display a Site permit on the dash of the vehicle while hunting.
- Squirrel hunters will be required to report their harvest and hunter trips to the on-line system prior to February 15th or the hunter will forfeit hunting privileges at the Site the following year.
- It is unlawful to possess or consume alcoholic beverages while on the Site property for purposes of hunting or trapping.
- No hunting will be permitted within 300 feet of developed recreation areas or residences.
- Parking is allowed only in designated parking lots shown on the Site map.
- Management activities including, but not limited to prescribed burning and herbicide treatements may occur on site at any time.
- Permits are allocated by the Springfield Permit Office from applications
- The permit allows for taking one wild turkey by shotgun or bow and arrow.
- Two permits are allocated during each season. Permits are not transferable.
- Statewide hunting hours of ½ hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. are in effect.
- Hunting is allowed only on park property west of the vacated township road. (Area #1 on map)
- A Special Permit is required to archery hunt deer at this Site. Applications are available on-line or at the Park office. Applications will be accepted from March 1 to March 30 and must be in the Park office by the close of business March 30. A drawing will be held on the first weekday in April at the Park office to determine successful applicants. Only successful applicants will be notified by mail once the drawing is complete.
- Five (5) archery hunting permits are allocated per week via the site drawing for each of the eleven (11) one-week sessions.
- It will be unlawful to construct or to use any tree stand using nails, screws, wire or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. All tree stands must be portable. One stand per hunter. Any stand left unattended during the week hunted must be tagged and labeled with name, address and telephone number. NO PERMANENT TREE STANDS ALLOWED.
- An antlerless deer must be harvested prior to the harvest of an antlered deer. All deer harvested must be reported to the IL Check System per Statewide regulations. There is no limit on the number of antlerless deer that may be harvested with the proper permits. Hunters will also be required to submit hunter trips and deer harvest on the harvest report form to the Site or by email, by December 31, 2020 or the hunter will forfeit hunting privileges at the Site the following year.
- Open during the Youth, Muzzleloading and Late Winter Firearm Deer Seasons. All hunters must wear a solid blaze orange cap and vest as required for firearm deer hunting during these seasons.
- Permits are not transferable.
- Statewide hunting hours are in effect.
- Hunting sessions are as follows:
Session 1 October 1 – October 7, 2020 Session 7 November 12 – November 19, 2020
Session 2 October 8 – October 14, 2020 Session 8 November 23 - December 4, 2020
Session 3 October 15 – October 21, 2020 Session 9 December 7 – December 14, 2020
Session 4 October 22 – October 28, 2020 Session 10 December 15 – December 21, 2020
Session 5 October 29 – November 4, 2020 Session 11 December 22 – December 28, 2020
Session 6 November 5 – November 11, 2020
- Disabled hunting is available in the designated blind location upon request and reservation. Class P2A disabled hunters are required to be accompanied by a non-disabled partner, who may also hunt from the same blind location.
- Failure to report harvest shall result in the hunter being ineligible to hunt at this Site the following season.
Turkey (Fall Archery)
- Only archery deer permit holders are allowed to harvest a turkey with a valid fall archery turkey tag. Statewide hunting hours are in effect. It will be unlawful to construct or to use any tree stand using nails, screws, wire or any other device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree which it is installed. All tree stands must be portable. One stand per hunter. Any stand left unattended during the week hunted must be tagged and labeled with name, address and telephone number. NO PERMANENT TREE STANDS ALLOWED.
- Disabled hunting is available in the designated blind location upon request and reservation. Class P2A disabled hunters are required to be accompanied by a non-disabled partner, who may also hunt from the same location.
- Statewide opening until September 30. Hunting with shotgun only in the specified are of the park (Area #1 on map).
- Archery deer permit holders only are allowed to harvest furbearers. Bow and arrow only.
- A valid Site permit is required for trapping. Permits are issued via a public drawing held at the Site office on the last Monday of October at 11 a.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m. All persons entering the drawing must have a current or previous year trapping license and Habitat Stamp in their possession and must be present at the time of the drawing. Statewide regulations. Trappers may have a partner, provided their name is on the registration card prior to the drawing. Trappers must stay in their assigned trapping area. Trappers must submit a harvest report to the Site office within 20 days following the close of the site trapping program. Failure to report harvest shall result in the trapper being ineligible to trap at this Site the following season.
OTHER SITE FACILITIES: Trailer and tent camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing and boating on the 57-acre lake.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Beaver Dam State Park at (217) 854-8020
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet address: http://dnr.illinois.gov