James Pate Philip State Park and Heron Woods State Habitat Area

2022-2023 Season

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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. The State Park and State Habitat Area provides archery deer hunting on 415 acres.
Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.

Location: Located in the northeast corner of Illinois, the State Park and State Habitat Area are 2.5 miles west of Route 59 in Bartlett, Illinois.

Archery Deer Hunting Regulations:

  1. Dates:  Statewide archery deer season.
  2. Permits: Two-week hunting periods will be filled through a mail-in drawing for Illinois Residents. Applications are available online and at the James Pate Philip State Park Office.  Applications must be received at the James Pate Philip State Park Office by August 15th to be eligible for the drawing. Successful applicants will be notified by mail or email on or before September 1st. Each archery hunter will be assigned a specific hunting period and zone. All hunters must be able to show proof of a current Illinois hunting license, archery deer permits, and site-issued deer hunting permit upon request. Successful applicants will be mailed a Site Windshield Card. This card must be visible through the vehicle windshield while hunting.
  3. Hunting Area: Hunting is restricted to only the designated hunting area assigned to each hunter. Hunters may use either ground blinds or tree stands (minimum 6 feet above the ground) to enable the hunter to shoot down slope. Tree stands and climbing devices must be portable, and may not cut or pierce the tree bark. Stands/blinds may be setup on the first day of the assigned hunting period to each hunter; may remain the entire assigned period; but must be removed on the last day assigned to each hunter. Stands/blinds and gut piles must be a minimum of 75 yards from designated trails.
  4. Scouting: Each hunter is allowed to scout during their assigned period.  
  5. Parking: Each hunter must park only in the assigned parking location.
  6. Hours:  1/2 hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset.
  7. Harvest: Deer of either sex may be harvested.  No other hunting or trapping is allowed. Individual hunters may harvest as many deer as they like during their allotted hunting period, per statewide archery deer hunting regulations. 
  8. Tracking: If it is necessary to track a deer onto private property, a hunter must first obtain permission from the landowner. Much of the property around the state parks boundaries is privately owned. Please respect the rights of others.
  9. Hunting log: Hunters must maintain accurate records of each hunt on a sheet provided (back of permit). Hunting records must be returned to the site office by February 1. Failure to submit a report will result in the loss of eligibility for future hunts.  This log is found on the back of the Site Windshield Card (AKA Permit.
  10. Spectators are not allowed on the area, unless assisting or mentoring the hunter (assistant/mentor is NOT legal to hunt while assisting/mentoring).
  11. All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Administrative Rule 670, and Federal Regulations apply unless the areas site specific rules are more restrictive.
  12. CWD SAMPLING: CWD Zone has now been established within the park. It is recommended to test all deer harvested. A barrel will be placed at the IDNR Region 2 Building. If it is outside of normal hours (or the Biologist is not present), please deposit the upper few vertebrate and head in the barrel and fill out the necessary paperwork. The Biologist will sample the deer for you and notify you if it is positive. Additionally, you can go to https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/programs/CWD/Pages/TestResults.aspx to monitor the results.

For more information please contact: District Wildlife Biologist, Nicky Strahl, at 847-608-3122; James Pate Philip State Park, 2050 West Stearns Road, Region 2 IDNR Office, Bartlett, IL 60103.

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.