Location: The Kishwaukee River Area is located in Dekalb
County, on the northwest outskirts of Kirkland. From US Route 72 in Kirkland,
take Kirkland Road north for approximately 0.4 miles. Turn left into the
entrance for the DeKalb
County Forest Preserve (Potawatomi Woods) and the IDNR’s Kishwaukee River SFWA.
Follow posted signs through Potawatomi Woods to Kishwaukee River SFWA on the
south side of the Kishwaukee River.
Description of Area: This site encompasses
a total of 570 acres; approximately 484 acres of the site are included in
the hunting program. The majority of the area consists of hardwood forest with
some interspersion of grassy open areas, wetlands, areas recently planted to
woody tree and shrub seedlings and has a small portion of agricultural acreage.
The hunting area is bordered on the north by the Kishwaukee River and on the
south by the railroad track right of way. The area was purchased by the State
in 2002 and, as time and budget allow, is being restored and enhanced for
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All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal
Regulations and Administrative Orders will apply unless area regulations are
more restrictive. Hunters must obtain
a site windshield card online at dnr2.illinois.gov/Windshieldcard/ Complete all fields as necessary and print the Windshield Card and
accompanying pocket card. This card (your windshield card) must be
displayed under the vehicle windshield, face up, with the card number visible
and the pocket card portion in your possession while hunting at the site.
Hunters must report their annual harvest online (even if you did not hunt) by
February 15. Hunters shall forfeit their hunting privileges at the site
for the following year if they fail to report by the prescribed deadline.
Special Area Regulations:
- Hunters must possess the
appropriate statewide licenses and permits for archery deer and fall
archery turkey hunting,
- Archery deer and fall
archery turkey hunting are closed on this site during the firearm deer seasons.
Archery deer and fall archery turkey hunting are open during the muzzleloader
season; however, hunters must wear the same blaze orange clothing as that
required for muzzleloader deer hunters.
- Hunting by permit only.
Hunters must possess a firearm deer permit issued specifically for this site
and for the season they are hunting in order to hunt on this area. Hunters may
apply by selecting the Kishwaukee River State F&W Area as their choice of
hunting area on their Firearm Deer Permit application. All deer harvested must
be reported via the windshield card harvest reporting system AND checked-in
at the county check station. Phone-in registration is not required while
county check stations are operational. Stand-by permits will not be
available. Site permit quota is 10 during the firearm deer seasons.
- Hunting is allowed with any
type of weapon that is legal for statewide deer hunting during the specific
season you are hunting.
- Further restrictions may
exist. See regulations posted at the site before hunting.
- BLAZE ORANGE CLOTHING REQUIREMENTS: All
archery hunters must comply with blaze orange clothing requirements during the
shotgun deer season, muzzle loader deer season, youth deer hunting season and
any other special seasons that may be announced by the Department. Specific
requirements are to be found in the "Digest of Hunting and Trapping
- Hunting by site-specific
permit only. On-line applications will be accepted beginning in late October
through later November. Check for exact dates as season approaches. Paper
applications will not be available. Unfilled permits will not be valid. All
deer harvested must be reported via the windshield card harvest reporting
system AND via phone-in registration.
Stand-by permits will not be available. Site permit quota is 10 during the CWD
- On-site submission of ALL archery
harvested deer heads along with corresponding harvest information is required
within 48 hours of harvest to test for the presence of Chronic Wasting
It Shall Be Unlawful:
- To construct or use any tree
stand screw-in steps, spikes, cleats, ladder, climbing aids, etc. using nails,
screws, wire, or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of any tree. Only
one stand per hunter is allowed, stands must be portable and must be removed
from the site at the end of each day.
- To hunt in any area not
designated as being open to hunting or to hunt off IDNR property.
- To park anywhere on the site
except in the designated parking lots or for any unauthorized vehicle to enter
upon any trail.
- 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 engage in
"driving" deer for the purpose of hunting on any IDNR site.
- To place or use any bait,
attractant, lure, etc. that may be licked or ingested, etc.
For more information: Shabbona Lake State Park,
4201 Shabbona Grove Rd., Shabbona, IL. 60550
Phone: (815) 824-2106