Oakford State Conservation Area

2022-2023 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).

DESCRIPTION: 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. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site. 

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

SEASONS, HOURS, LIMITS:                                                                        

Squirrel Statewide Statewide .22 caliber or smaller rimfire firearms or muzzleloading black powder rifles permitted
Deer (firearm)Statewide StatewideTree stands and ground blinds must be removed at the end of each day.
Deer (archery)Statewide StatewideTree stands and ground blinds must be removed at the end of each day.
Pheasant/Rabbit/QuailStatewide Statewide 
Mourning DoveStatewide Statewide 
Raccoon (hunting)Statewide Statewide 
Fox/Coyote (hunting)Statewide Statewide 
Turkey (spring - shotgun or archery)StatewideStatewide 
Turkey (fall - archery only)
​Statewide​Statewide​Not open during regular firearm deer seasons.
Waterfowl*Statewide StatewideHunting 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.