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Oakford State Conservation Area

2020-2021 Season


LOCATION: The Oakford State Conservation Area  is located 2.5 miles northeast of Oakford in Menard County. Oakford State Conservation Area can be reached from Ill. Rte. 97 by turning east on County Road 1400N at the north edge of Oakford and north on County Road 300E (Duncheon Street).


Total acres: 115 Huntable acres: 115 Timbered acres: 10

The Oakford State Conservation Area is characterized by relatively flat abandoned cropland that has been planted to native grasses. There is a narrow band of timber along the Sangamon River and some willow growth in the old oxbow portions of the fields.

SEASONS, HOURS, LIMITS:                                                                        

Squirrel Statewide Statewide .22 caliber or smaller rimfire firearms or muzzleloading black powder rifles permitted
Deer (firearm) Statewide Statewide Tree stands and ground blinds must be removed at the end of each day.
Deer (archery) Statewide Statewide Tree stands and ground blinds must be removed at the end of each day.
Pheasant/Rabbit/Quail Statewide Statewide  
Mourning Dove Statewide Statewide  
Raccoon (hunting) Statewide Statewide  
Fox/Coyote (hunting) Statewide Statewide  
Turkey (spring - shotgun or archery) Statewide Statewide  
Turkey (fall - archery only) ​Statewide ​Statewide ​Not open during regular firearm deer seasons.
Waterfowl* Statewide Statewide Hunting permitted from legal opening until sunset. Windshield permit and reporting required*

*Waterfowl hunters must obtain a windshield permit to hunt Oakford State Conservation Area. These are available online at https://dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/. Hunters will be required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information. Failure to submit data for two consecutive years will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Site Superintendent, 25779 E. Co. 2300 N, P.O. Box 111, Forest City, IL 61532. Phone (309) 597-2212.​​​

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.