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Pyramid State Park - Captain Unit

2021-2022 Season


2021 Hunting Season Updates:

  • Hunters will need to pick up their harvest cards at the unit they wish to hunt.
  • A list of stakes for the unit will be provided each day in the harvest box.
  • Hunters will be asked to mark the stake they have chosen so other hunters will know the stake is taken for the day.



LOCATION: This site is located 2 miles southeast of Cutler on Pyatt-Cutler Road in Perry County, Illinois          

DESCRIPTIONThe Captain Unit is one of five management units that comprise Pyramid State Park. The reclaimed surface property was purchased from Ark Land Company on September 28, 2001. The area is dominated by large grasslands which are interspersed with crop fields, large lakes and small wetlands. A 1,968 acre seasonal waterfowl refuge (October 28 - February 28) has been established which provides land and water habitat for migratory waterfowl and shorebirds. The site is open to deer, dove, waterfowl, rabbit, furbearer and quail hunting by permit only. Hunter quotas and other site specific restrictions are in effect to improve the quality of the hunting experience. Total Acres: 6,105; Huntable Acres: 6,105

Habitat Type Acres: Cropfields 1,154; Timber 160; Grasslands/Pastures 3,891; Lakes/Wetlands 900

Deer, Rabbit, Furbearer, Woodcock, Quail, Waterfowl, Dove, Turkey (Spring Firearm Only)


  1. Hunters are advised that "windshield cards" are required to hunt all species which are available from the IDNR homepage - dnr2.illinois.gov/Windshieldcard. Navigate to "hunting/trapping", then "public hunting areas", select Region 5 to print these permits. ALL hunters are required to have a state hunting permit. Hunters are required to return to this website prior to February 15 to record harvest information. Failure to submit harvest data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.
  2. Hunters must maintain accurate records of each hunt.
  3. The area has been designated as a Quality Deer Management Area.  Only antlerless deer or antlered deer having at least four points on a side may be taken.  This applies to all deer hunting (firearm and archery).
  4. Spring turkey hunters must apply to the Permit Office in Springfield for a site specific permit which is available through the statewide lottery.
  5. It is illegal to construct or use any tree stand using nails, screws or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree which it was installed. Tree stands which are used for deer hunting must be removed from the area at the end of each day's hunt.
  6. Quail and rabbit hunters must apply for a Free Upland Game Permit issued by statewide lottery from the permit office. All applications must be made via the internet accessible at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/uplandgame through August 31. Applicants may apply only once and receive one permit per year. Each permittee will be allowed to bring up to 2 hunting partners.
  7. All upland game hunters engaged in quail and rabbit hunting must wear a cap and outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches.
  8. Dove hunting hours are 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m. Hunters must participate in a daily lottery at 11:00 a.m. at the Denmark multi-purpose building​ September 1 - 5 to hunt over sunflower or wheat fields. Statewide regulations thereafter. Non-toxic shot size number 6 or smaller must be used. Unsuccessful lottery participants and other hunters not participating in the lottery drawing may only hunt in designated areas during September 1 - 5. This area is: all land west of the western haul road and all land east of the eastern haul road to the shore of the super lake to south haul road.
  9. A daily lottery will be conducted for staked waterfowl locations during duck season only at the Denmark multi-purpose building beginning at 4:30 a.m. in November, 5:00 a.m. in December, and 5:30 a.m. in January. Minimum of 6 decoys; no more than 4 hunters per party; a hunter's name may only appear on one lottery card; after duck season is closed, hunters may not possess more than 5 shot shells for every Canada goose allowed in the daily bag. Shooting hours are legal opening to 1:00 pm. The land and water portion of the Super Lake refuge will be closed to all access from October 29 through February 28. No teal hunting will be allowed in the refuge. Waterfowl hunters not participating in the daily lottery may not access Pyramid State Park property until 4:30 am in November, 5:00am in December, and 5:30 am in January. Waterfowl hunters may not hunt on main lakes other than staked locations. Hunters may hunt in crop fields and wetlands which have not been staked, however they must be a minimum of 200 yards from the nearest staked location. No September Canada goose hunting will be allowed. The area is closed to all waterfowl hunting on Mondays.
  10. Youth Waterfowl season is held the weekend preceding the South Central Zone duck opener.
  11. Furbearer trapping/hunting must have site permit. Only egg traps, D-P traps, cage traps, and traps of similar design may be used for land sets. Body gripping traps with a 10-inch jaw spread or larger must be submerged.
  12. Statewide regulations apply, unless otherwise specified.
  13. This Unit is open for late winter antlerless only firearm deer hunting, when Perry County is open.
  14. This Unit is open for Youth Only firearm deer hunting.

For further information or to obtain a site permit, contact: Pyramid State Park, 1562 Pyramid Park Road, Pinckneyville, IL 62274 (618/357-2574).​​ ​​​

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.