Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

2022-2023 Season


Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site provides residents and visitors to the state an opportunity to learn about Cahokian Native culture that this site preserves. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources manages portions of this site for native interpretation, visitor center, hunting, hiking and observing wildlife. All hunting is by bow and arrow or crossbow only. No artifact hunting is allowed anywhere on the site.

Location: Fairmont City, off of interstate 255, 1.5 miles west on Collinsville Road , There are two designated hunting units; one is north of Collinsville Road located on the west side of Sand Prairie Road north of the drainage ditch and one unit at the south end of Cahokia Mounds site, south of the railroad tracks. 

Description: Total site acres: 2200     Huntable acres: 570

The majority of the hunting units are timbered with scattered grasslands and wetlands. Wetlands and wet soils are prevalent in Unit 5 in the southern portion of the site. The timbered landscape consists of sugar maple, slippery elm, basswood, white ash, walnut, and some oak species. Some agricultural land is present near Unit 1, however the surrounding lands are predominately urban. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site. 

Season, Hours, Limits

SpeciesSeasonHoursSpecial Regulations
DeerStatewide ArcheryStatewideStatewide

Hunters must have both an Illinois Hunting License and Illinois archery deer tag which may be obtained from the IDNR website or at any license vendor.

Site Regulations:

  1. All hunting is by bow and arrow or crossbow only.
  2. No artifact hunting anywhere on site.
  3. All hunters must obtain a windshield card, available on the Department of Natural Resources website, before hunting. All hunters must report hunting activity at the end of the season or forfeit hunting privileges the following year.
  4. No hunting is permitted in developed recreation areas, and within100 yards of construction sites, and residences.
  5. Hunter parking is allowed only in designated areas only (refer to fact sheet maps).
  6. No motorized vehicles may be used to get to stands or retrieve deer.
  7. Scouting may start only two weeks before season.
  8. Construction or use of any tree stand using nails, screws or wire or any device that pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed is unlawful.
  9. Tree stands must be removed at the end of each day.
  10. Levees are not open to public access. 

Other site facilities: Interpretive center and picnic areas

For more information contact: Site Superintendent at: 618-346-5160.

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.