INTRODUCTION: The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation opportunity for the residents of the State. Of particular concern is providing safe hunting areas on public lands throughout the State. This Hunter Fact Sheet contains information relating to most of the hunting programs at Kankakee River State Park. One of the highest quality rivers in the entire state, the Kankakee River basin boasts a long tradition of hunting dating back to pre-settlement times. Rich mature hardwoods bordering the river mark this linear park. Ongoing habitat management including: spring, summer and fall burning, tree and brush removal are going to be part of a long-term habitat improvement program at the park. Please watch for signs of field work and plan accordingly. Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in Kankakee County. Please have your deer checked. Further information regarding CWD, including sampling locations may be found at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/Programs/CWD/Pages/default.aspx Please participate in the Annual River Clean-up, which occurs during the month of September annually, to help protect this Nationally designated river. All Nature Preserves are closed to hunting and trapping unless specifically open.
Langham Island is open to archery deer hunting, but can only be accessed by canoe or small boat from the launch at Area 2. Habitat work will continue through the hunting season and has priority to all other activities.
DIRECTIONS: The Site Office is located 6 Miles west of Bourbonnais on Rt. 102.
DESCRIPTION: Highly managed hunts due to the number programs and park visitors.
Total Acres: 4000 Huntable Acres: -2500
Habitat Types: Woodland: 1780 Wetlands: 600 Open: 1680
Please set an example, police all your spent shells.
||DATES & HOURS
||OTHER REQUIREMENTS - Please pick up your spent shells|
||Sept. 1 - 5,
12 noon - 5 p.m.
|Permit holders sign-in at Area 6 by 11am, vacant positions may be filled at 11am by stand-by sign ins if necessary, statewide bag limit, all hunters must check out by 5:15pm, no loaded guns to and from field, no guns in field to retrieve downed birds, hunt w/in 10 feet of marked location only in assigned field, shot size 6 or smaller federally approved non-toxic shot only, report your harvest upon sign-out. No non-hunters in the field while hunting is in progress. Successful applicants will not be mailed a permit but will be notified by email or can access the reservation inquiry system and print out the permit and regulations for the site. Phone reservations will be issued up to 48 hours ahead of the date of the hunt.|
||Sept. 6 - 30, Noon - Sunset
||Statewide bag limit, you must go on-line to the windshield permit application system at https://dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/index.asp. No loaded guns to and from the field, no guns into the field, NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY, size 6 or smaller allowed, must hunt within 10 feet of marked location only in dove fields, must report harvest via the windshield card reporting system even if you did not hunt. No non-hunters in the field. |
||Day after Labor Day, Sept.30 and from the day after the close of the site deer season until close of squirrel season.
||May only hunt south of the Kankakee River, hunters must obtain a Windshield Card online from the Department website. This permit must be displayed under the vehicle windshield, face up, with the permit number visible and the pocket portion in possession while hunting at the site. Do not hunt woods adjacent to Dove fields. Hunters must report their annual harvest online (even if the hunter did not hunt) by February 15 or two weeks after the season closes for those seasons ending after February 1. Hunters shall forfeit their hunting privileges at the site for the following year if they fail to report by the above deadline. . Shotguns and Air rifles .25 caliber and smaller may be used.https://dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/. |
Closed during the Firearm Deer Seasons
|North of River area A, B, and C Season closes December 31; on the south side of river deer hunters (and, if applicable, non-hunting partners) must wear blaze orange when upland game hunting is in progress; hunters must obtain a Windshield Card online from the Department website. This permit must be displayed under the vehicle windshield, face up, with the permit number visible and the pocket portion in possession while hunting at the site. Hunters must report their annual harvest online (even if the hunter did not hunt) by February 15 or two weeks after the season closes for those seasons ending after February 1. Hunters shall forfeit their hunting privileges at the site for the following year if they fail to report by the above deadline. Tree stands must be portable, non-piercing and removed daily. You must report your harvest via the statewide call-in system. West of Warner Bridge Rd. is Will Co., east of Warner Bridge is Kankakee Co. Coyotes, opossum, skunk, fox and raccoon may also be harvested by bow and arrow, but you will need a separate windshield card. Hunters may have one non-hunting partner in the field with them; otherwise, no non-hunters in the field while hunting is in progress. https://dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/|
||Permit holders register by 8:30 pm. Non-permit holders register to hunt by 8:25am, drawing for available positions at 8:30am sharp - standby hunting - the quota for standby hunters will only be for the
number of permit holders that do not show up, you are for strongly program encouraged
to get a permit in advance to participate in this; must wear site issued back patch; limit 2 pheasants either sex, 4 rabbits and partridge, quail may not be harvested; shot or flu-flu arrows are allowed, blaze orange required, daily usage stamp required; permit holder must be present prior to daily drawing, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Youth Hunts will be announced publicly. No non-hunters in the field while hunting is in progress. Obtain permits within 48 hours of hunting at https://dnr.illinois.gov/controlledhunt/|
|Spring Turkey - Also Youth Turkey Hunting
||Statewide Legal Open to 12 noon
||Site specific permits will be issued through the statewide lottery system for both regular and youth permits, and will be valid for one season only, please contact site for a map and rules, use caution near established trails. Report your harvest to the site and state call-in system as required. Hunters are allowed only 1 non-hunting partner that may call for the hunter. |
|Physically Challenged Archery Deer Hunt
||Call for dates, Statewide hours
||Heavily Organized hunt. Pre-registration required. Contact park office for information and registration forms.|
Youth Firearm Deer Season
|Statewide Hours, During Oct. Season Only
||To participate, please send a card or letter to the Site Superintendent with the name of hunter, name of guardian (and hunter customer number) address and phone number, by the last Saturday in August. A random drawing for slots will be made. Successful applicants will be contacted with site rules, permit and maps. You will also be required to purchase a Youth Firearm Permit from an over the counter vendor. This hunt will only be open in Day Use Area north of the park office. (Kankakee County)|
Fall Turkey Archery
|To participate you must go on-line to the windshield card permit system. https://dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/index.asp and self- issue a site permit in addition to your statewide fall archery turkey permit. You must wear legal blaze while hunting when the permit upland season is in progress.|
For additional information please contact: Kankakee River State Park, 5314 W. Rt. 102, Bourbonnais, IL 60914, 815-933-1383