Donnelley State Fish & Wildlife Area
Location: Putnam County, two (2) miles north of Hennepin
and IL Route 71, on County Highway 1.
Description: Total area is approximately 676 acres.
Blind sites are located on Coleman Lake and are built by site personnel. Blinds
are allocated daily, one hour prior to shooting time at the check station via a
Zone; See 1, 2, 3
opening until 1:00pm
All regulations found in
the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations and Administrative Orders will
apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.
Special Area Regulations:
- Hunting is prohibited on Tuesdays and Wednesdays except on opening
- The first weekend and the third Saturday of the regular duck
season are designated as youth hunting days. There is no charge for youth on
these days. Those blinds not allocated to youth hunting parties shall be
available to adults on those days during the regular duck season.
- No teal or goose seasons outside the regular statewide duck season
at Donnelley State Fish and Wildlife Area.
- All hunters must report to the check station for blind
- A $10.00 daily usage stamp must be purchased to hunt this area.
- No outboard motors are allowed by the public. Only authorized
Department of Natural Resources personnel may use outboard motors.
- No more than three (3) persons shall occupy a blind at any one
time. Blind capacity for the youth hunts shall include no more than two (2)
youths age 15 and under.
- All hunting shall be from designated blinds only. Refilling or
changing blinds is not permitted.
- All parties are required to report to the check station within one
(1) hour after termination of the hunt or no later than 2:00pm.
Hunting Regulations -
- All parties must hunt over a minimum of six (6) decoys and a
maximum of 48 decoys may be used. Decoys must be removed upon termination
of the hunt.
- Severe weather and safety conditions may result in closing all or
part of the site.
- Hunters under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
It Shall Be Unlawful:
- For any person to consume any alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs
or to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on the area for
the purpose of hunting.
- To enter the waterfowl refuge unless given permission from an
authorized Department of Natural Resources representative.
- While attempting to take migratory waterfowl or coots to have in
possession any shotgun shells not approved as non-toxic by federal regulations.
- To possess any shotgun shell loaded with a shot size larger than
steel T or BBB in other kinds of non-toxic shot while attempting to take
waterfowl in Illinois.
For further information
contact: Site Superintendent -
Lake DePue SFWA; P.O. Box 286; DePue, IL 61322
Phone: (815) 447-2353
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