Marseilles State Fish and Wildlife Area (Deer/Archery Turkey)

2022-2023 Season


All hunting programs at this site are dependent on national security considerations. In the event that heightened security measures are necessary, these hunting programs will be closed with little or no notice. Any closure will be posted at the site, on the department website and will be announced through press release.

LOCATION: LaSalle County, 5 miles south of Interstate 80, 2 miles south of the City of Marseilles.

DESCRIPTION: This site occupies 2,515 acres, approximately 2,239 acres are huntable. The site is predominately wooded and the terrain is fairly rugged. There is no interior vehicle access for the public. Hunters who use this area should be ready for strenuous walking if they hunt the interior. The Illinois National Guard has jurisdictional use of this site for the months of February through October. It is through their cooperation that we are able to hunt here during the months of October through mid January. Please help us keep our good relationship with the Guard intact by following the rules. It is to your own benefit to do so.  Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.

Species SeasonHours Bag LimitsSpecial Area Regulations (See Below)
Archery Deer See Below Statewide Statewide See #1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9,
Fall Archery Turkey See Below Statewide Statewide See #1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9,
Firearm Deer - First Season Statewide Statewide
Statewide See #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9,
Firearm Deer - Second Season Statewide Statewide Statewide See #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9,
Muzzleloader Deer Statewide Statewide Statewide See #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9,
Special CWD Deer See #9 Statewide Statewide See #1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9,

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


  1. All firearm & muzzleloader deer hunters must check in/out and report harvest at the manned check station at gate 60. All hunters must have a valid photo I.D., FOID card and a valid Illinois hunting license while on site. All Special CWD Deer, archery deer and fall archery turkey hunters must check in and out at the parking lot self check stations.
  2. All deer/turkey harvested must also be checked in / reported as outlined in the statewide rules & regulations.
  3. Stands must be portable and must be tagged with the hunter's name, address, and phone number. One stand per permit holder may be left unattended from Oct. 1st to the first Thursday after January 10. Stands left after this date become the property of the Dept. of Natural Resources.
  4. Site specific permit holders are required to check in by 5:00 am. A drawing to allocate standby permits will be held at 5:00 am. Standby permits are site specific for Marseilles only, valid only for the day they are issued, and cost $5 each. No other deer permits are required. Non-resident stand-by hunters are required to have a non-resident hunting license and a current habitat stamp.
  5. During firearm, muzzleloader, and special CWD deer seasons, all hunters are required to wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches while hunting.
  6. Closed during firearm, muzzleloader & special CWD deer seasons.
  7. The National Guard trains more heavily on weekends and for that reason the site is closed to hunting on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 1st to October 31st of each year.
  8. Open only during first four – day segment of the Special CWD season.
  9. All hunting/access to site closes the first Thursday after January 10. Further restrictions may exist. See regulations posted at the site before hunting.  No pre-season scouting is available at this site.


  • To construct or use any tree stand or accessory using nails, screws or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed.
  • 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 on the designated parking lots or for unauthorized vehicles to enter upon any trail.
  • To hunt with other than a shotgun, handgun, or muzzleloader during the firearm/Special CWD deer season, a muzzleloader during the muzzleloader season, or Archery equipment during archery deer and turkey season.
  • To possess firearms, Archery equipment or ammunition that are not legal for use during hunting seasons currently open on the site.
  • 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 possess weapons in the field except during hunting hours.
  • To engage in "driving" deer for the purpose of hunting on any IDNR site.

For further information contact: Illini State Park; 2660 E. 2350th Rd.; Marseilles, IL 61341. Phone: 815/795-2448

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.