Location: Marshall County; Headquarters located 5 miles south of Lacon on
State Rt. 26, or 30 miles north of Peoria on Route 26.
Description: Total Area: Almost 6,700 acres, of which one-half is water.
Huntable Acres for Upland and Forest species: Approximately 1,100 acres, consisting of
mostly timber, with small shrubby openings, and adjacent private row crop
fields. Hunting success for squirrel, deer, dove, furbearers, and turkey is
average to excellent; whereas, rabbit is poor and quail and pheasant are very
Available Game Species:
Area Regulations #3
hunters/day by permit; See below
Turkey -- Archery Only
hunters/day with site specific permit; See below.
Area Regulations #4
snipe, and rail
during Teal and Early Goose Season only
All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife
Code, Federal Regulations, and Administrative Orders will apply unless area
regulations are more restrictive.
- Hunting is restricted to those areas posted as open to hunting.
- Hunters must obtain a windshield card online from dnr2.illinois.gov/Windshieldcard. This windshield card must be
displayed in your windshield 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 15th. Hunters shall forfeit
their hunting privileges at the site for the following year if they fail to
report by the prescribed deadline.
- Hunting with .22 caliber or smaller rimfire firearms, .25 caliber
or smaller air rifles, or muzzleloading black powder rifles is allowed for
- .22 caliber or smaller rimfire firearms may be used to take
raccoon and opossum from sunset to sunrise.
- Only one non-piercing tree stand or ground blind is allowed per
deer permit holder. Tree stands and ground blinds may be left unattended from September
15 through January 31. Any tree stand or ground blind left unattended must be
legibly marked with the owner's name, address, and telephone number, or site
assigned identification number.
- It shall be unlawful for any person to construct or to use any
tree stand using nails, screws, or wire, or any device which pierces or cuts
the bark of the tree.
- It shall be unlawful to possess or consume alcoholic beverages
while hunting on the area.
Special Area Regulations:
Statewide regulations shall apply, except hunting allowed by
permit only. Each permit will be valid for both of the firearm deer season and
permits will be allocated through the regular statewide drawing. Permit holders
must check in at the site by 5:00am each day of deer season to validate
their permit; at this time, there will also be a drawing for standby hunters
for any available vacancies. Vacancies may be filled by any person holding a
valid Hunting License, Habitat Stamp, and FOID card, unless exempt.
Standby hunters will be issued a one-day site-specific deer permit at the check
station, and charged a permit fee of $5.00. No standby deer permits will be
sold after 1:00 PM. Hunters must register the results at the sign out box
provided at each parking area at the conclusion of each days hunt.
Youth, Late Firearm, and Muzzleloader Deer
Hunters are required to possess a county specific deer permit
(Zone 1, 2, 3 - Marshall County Permit, Zone 4 - Peoria County). For the
exception that an unfilled Springfield issued Marshall SFWA full season firearm
permit can be used in the late firearm antlerless season.
Hunting is restricted to five designated zones (1, 2, 3, 4 &
Duck Ranch), indicated on area map. Duck Ranch area is not included on this
map. See site headquarters to obtain a Duck Ranch map.
Drawing to allocate site specific trapping permits is held at the
Marshall SFWA office on December 1st at 10:00 am every year.
Trappers must stay within assigned areas.
Other facilities available: Camping, Picnicking, Hiking, and Fishing.
For further information, contact: Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area,
236 State Route 26, Lacon, IL 61540; Phone: 309/246-8351.