Ilo Dillin State Habitat Area

2022-2023 Season


Location: The Ilo Dillin State Habitat Area is located is southeastern Tazewell County, approximately 5 miles southwest of Minier, IL or 3 miles northwest of Armington, IL. Hunter access parking area is located on Hartford Road, 1.5 miles west of the intersection of Minier Road.

Description: The area consists of approximately 80 acres. It has a mixture of cool season grasses and legumes, native warm season grasses, woodland- including tree and shrub plantings, agriculture fields, food plots, wetlands, and creek bottoms. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site, including prescribed burning.

SpeciesSeasonHunting HoursBag Limits
Deer (Archery) October Only Statewide Statewide

Pheasant, Quail, Rabbit, Hungarian Partridge

Permit Only

Statewide Statewide


(Trapping Only)

Permit Only-Statewide-Units
allocated through a drawing held at Mackinaw River SFWA

Statewide Statewide

Hunting Regulations

All regulations found in the Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations and Administrative Orders will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.

Archery Deer:

  • Deer hunting is by archery only during the month of October only.

  • Hunters must display windshield cards and report their harvest using the windshield card system. Windshield cards can be obtained from the DNR website at ​

  • Only 1 tree stand per hunter and all stands and climbing devices must be portable and removed at the end of each day.

  • It is unlawful for any person to construct or use any tree stand or climbing devices such as nails, screws, wire or any other device which pierces or cuts the bark of trees.

Pheasant, Quail, Rabbit and Hungarian Partridge

  • Hunting by permit only. A free site permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources, Springfield Permit Office. The permit must be returned and harvest reported by February 15th or permit holder will forfeit hunting privileges on all pheasant habitat areas for the following year.

  • Hunting will be permitted on the first and second day of the statewide upland game season and on each subsequent Wednesday and Saturday in November, and on each Thursday and Sunday in December, through December 24.

  • Only one hunting party, consisting of the permit holder and no more than three hunting partners, allowing for a maximum of 4 hunters each day.

  • All hunting must be with shotgun or bow and arrow. Flu-flu arrows only, no broadheads.

  • Hunters must wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches.



  • Statewide regulations

  • A site-specific permit is required and must be in possession while trapping on the area. Permit is issued via a public drawing held at Mackinaw River SFWA. Trappers are assigned units where trapping is allowed. Trappers must stay within assigned areas. Persons participating in the drawing must have either a current or previous year trapping license. Contact site for date and time of drawing.

  • Only Egg Traps®, D-P (Dog-Proof) Traps®, Lil Grizz Get’rz®, box traps, cage traps, and traps of similar design may be used for land sets.

  • Only body-gripping traps with a jaw spread of 5 inches or less, foothold traps with a jaw spread of 4.5 inches or less, and square body gripping traps with a 10-inch jaw spread may be used for water sets.

  • Snares may be used for water sets

  • Use of foothold traps prohibited during pheasant and quail season

  • .22 caliber or smaller rimfire firearms permitted unless otherwise specified

Area Regulations:


  1. For any persons to consume any alcoholic beverage, including beer and wine, while on the area for the purpose of hunting.

  2. To hunt in any area not designated as open to hunting.

  3. To park in any location except the designated parking area.

  4. For unauthorized vehicles to enter upon any interior road or trail.

  5. To ride horses on this site or allow horses to enter this site.

For further information contact: Mackinaw River State Fish and Wildlife Area, 15470 Nelson Road, Mackinaw, Il., 309-963-4969 or Spring Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, 7982 South Park Road, Manito, Il., 1-309-968-7135.​

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.