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Mt. Vernon Game Propagation Center

2020-2021 Season


LOCATION: Three miles south of Mt. Vernon and one mile east of State Route 37


Total Acres: 700   Acres of Water: 1 acre pond & 8 acre shallow water area

Huntable Acres: 650           Acres of Timber: 300

Buildings, Pens, etc.: 100   Cultivated or Fallow: 300

Topography is rolling with timbered hills and creek bottoms


  1. All hunters must sign in and sign out daily and report their harvest
  2. No hunting may be done in restricted areas, developed recreation areas, or within 100 yards of construction sites or residences.
  3. When hunting or scouting, ALL VEHICLES MUST BE PARKED AT DESIGNATED AREAS (no ATV access)
  4. No overnight camping is available
  5. It is unlawful for any person to consume, possess, or be under the influence of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs while on site property for the purpose of hunting or trapping. Any person who violates site specific regulations shall be guilty of a Class B Misdemeanor.

Deer (Archery)
  1. Statewide regulations
  2. Open during all firearm deer seasons. All hunters must wear a solid blaze orange or pink cap and vest as required for firearm deer hunting during these seasons.
  1. Statewide regulations, except that hunting hours will be from sunsrise to 11:30am daily September 1-5; season closes September 30. A drawing will be held one hour before sunrise if there are more hunters present than can be accommodated.
  2. Hunting is restricted to managed field(s)
  3. All hunters will be required to sign in and check out to report their harvest at the end of the hunt.
  4. ONLY NON TOXIC SHOT, No. 6 steel or No. 7 1/2 bismuth shot or smaller is allowed
  5. Harvested doves must be kept in separate bags by each hunter.
  6. All hunting will be done from staked locations. When a dove is downed, hunters are required to leave their gun at the stake while retieving bird(s). Hunters must stay withing 10 feet of their assigned stake.
  7. No cleaning of doves is permitted on the site.
  8. It is the hunters responsibilty to remove all refuse, including empty shotgun shells, from the hunting area once they have finished hunting.
Youth Dove
  1. A one day youth/adult dove hunt will occur the first weekend day in September or Labor Day, whichever comes first, where both youth and adult will be permitted to hunt.
  2. This hunt requires a Springfield allocated permit. Permits will be issued from the Springfield Permit Office prior to the season and hunters must apply for the permit at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/dove/Pages/OnlinePermitApplication.aspx
  3. A stand-by drawing may be held to fill other vacancies.
  4. Hunting is restricted to the managed field
  5. The same requirements for regular dove hunting apply for this hunt.
  1. Statewide opening through September 30th and re-opens the day after archery season closes and remains open until the end of the statewide season.
  2. Hunting is with shotgun only
Turkey (Spring)
  1. Hunters must apply to the Springfield Permit Office for permits. Permits are non-transferable. 
  2. Two (2) hunters per season will be allowed
  3. All hunters must sign in and sign out daily
Turkey (Spring Youth)
  1. Hunters must possess a county spring youth turkey permit
  2. All hunters must sign in and sign out daily
Turkey (Fall Archery)
  1. Statewide regulations
  2. Open during all firearm deer season. All hunters must wear a solid blaze orange or pink cap and vest as required for firearm deer hunting during these seasons
Furbearer Trapping
  1. A valid site permit is required for trapping. Permits are issued via a public drawing at the site office on the last Monday of October at 11am. Registration begins at 10am. All persons entering the drawing must have a current or previous year trapping license in their possession and must be present at the time of the drawing.
  2. Statewide regulations
  3. Trappers may have partners, providing their names were on the registration card prior to the permit drawing.
  4. Trappers must stay in their assigned areas. All traps must be tagged with the trapper's name or IDNR customer number.
  5. Trappers must submit a harvest report to the site office within 10 days following the close of the site trapping program. Failure to report harvest shall result in the trapper being ineligible to trap at this site the following season
Upland Game

  1. ​​Statewide regulations, except upland game hunting is allowed for rabbits only from January 1st until the end of the rabbit season.
  2. Hunters must sign in and sign out daily and report their harvest

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mt. Vernon Game Propagation Center, 13995 E. Game Farm Rd., Mt. Vernon, IL 62864, PH: 618/242-0830  or Region 5 Headquarters, 11731 State Hwy. 37, Benton, IL 62812, PH: 618/435-8138.

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.