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 the waterfowl hunting program at the Mazonia State Fish and Wildlife Area. Mazonia is characterized by extreme topography characteristic of strip mining operations. Numerous bodies of water ranging from .2 to 30 plus acres are found throughout the site. Access is limited to foot traffic only over a large portion of the area. Waterfowl hunting is only allowed from designated blinds. One wheelchair accessible blind is available on a daily basis, contact the site office for information, if not used it will be added to the daily draw.
DIRECTIONS: 3 Miles south of Braidwood just off Rt. 53, and within easy access of I-55.
DESCRIPTION: Total Acres- 2150
Huntable Acres- Only in areas designated as open on the areas map on back.
Habitat Types- Timber& Shrub 730
Grassland and Agricultural 940
SECTION A. GENERAL HUNTING REGULATIONS
All applicable regulations found in the Wildlife Code of 1971, Federal Regulations and Administrative Order 510 apply on this area. Special area regulations established under the authority provided in the above acts may be more restrictive and must be observed.
SECTION B. Allocation and Construction
- Blinds are allocated annually by drawing on the last Saturday of July at the site office. Drawing rules will be posted. Blinds must be built within 10 feet of a marked location by the Blind winner and up to two partners. The partners must be named on the provided partner sheet and returned by August 31st. Once the completed blind is approved, a blind registration card will be issued and must be placed in the blind prior to hunting.
- Blinds are allocated for one hunting season only. Blind builders have until Feb. 1 to reclaim blind materials.
- Blinds must be at least 4' by 8' with a floor, partial roof and bench. They must be maintained in good condition through the season. Blind 19 must be 8' x 8' and constructed to allow shooting out of both sides. Boat hides are required on blinds 4, 7, 18, 19. And 19 must be 5' x 15'. Blinds built over water must be of platform construction and be above the high water mark. Blinds may not be locked.
- You may not use Giant Reed Grass, (Phragmites) or any other nuisance plant with the seed head attached, for camouflaging your blind. Remove seed heads prior to entering the park. Keep your blinds clean (including spent shells), you are responsible for them. Blinds in poor or trashed condition, will be red-carded.
- Blinds must be completed 3 weeks prior to the opening of the Central Waterfowl Season. About the first week of October. Blinds that pass will be issued Registration Cards. Blinds that fail, will be offered on a first come basis. Extensions may be offered in the event of adverse water conditions.
- No person may be a blind holder on more than one Waterfowl Management Area in Illinois.
- Dog hides with an opening of 20" x 20" at the same level as the blinds are required. A 15" wide reinforced ramp with cleats every 12" shall be included. Hides may be within the blind or a separate attached pass-through compartment.
SECTION C. WATERFOWL HUNTING REGULATIONS
- All hunters must report to the check station to fill out information cards and to turn in hunting licenses before proceeding to blinds.
- Registered blind builders or partners desiring to claim their blinds must report to the check station at least one hour before shooting hour each day and occupy that blind for at least one hour. Hunters wishing to move to another blind during their daily hunt must report back to the check station for reassignment.
- All hunting will be from registered blinds only and hunters must occupy their blinds within one hour after registering at the check station.
- Hunting is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Hunting hours are legal opening to 1:00 pm.. All hunters must be checked out by 2:00 P.M. At this time waterfowl and coots bagged must be checked and hunting licenses will be returned.
- It shall be illegal to fish or trespass upon the designated waterfowl hunting area or waterfowl refuge beginning ten days prior to the Central Zone Duck Season, until the end of Central Zone Duck Season.
- No person shall hunt, or attempt to hunt, waterfowl and coots except from within a registered blind.
- No person under 16 years of age shall hunt, or attempt to hunt, unless accompanied by an adult.
- All hunting parties shall hunt with at least 12 decoys. Decoys shall be staked, placed, or floating, be individually visible, be at least 8 inches long, and not be within a boat, blind, or container.
- No person shall trespass, for any purpose, on areas posted as Refuge or Waterfowl Rest Areas.
- Not more than 4 persons shall occupy a blind at one time.
- Blinds shall not be locked.
- Claiming or attempting to claim a blind which is legally occupied, and/or to harass, in any manner, the occupants of a blind which has been legally occupied is unlawful.
- During Duck Season, blinds not claimed by the builder or partners by one hour before shooting time will be assigned by a drawing at this time. No blinds will be assigned after 9:00 A.M.
- Blind 8 is wheelchair accessible. It must be reserved at least 48 hours in advance by calling the site office. If not claimed it will be part of the daily draw.
- All harvested birds must be presented at the check station in person upon check out.
SECTION D. OTHER SEASONS
- There is no early teal season at this site.
- There is no early Canada goose season at this site or Canada goose or snow goose season beyond the close of the central duck season.
- Youth Waterfowl season is held the weekend preceding the duck season opener - follow statewide regulations. Blind holders have use rights for this season.