Ray Norbut - Dutch Creek Unit

2022-2023 Season


INTRODUCTION: The Dutch Creek Unit of Ray Norbut Fish & Wildlife Area is a newly acquired site in western Pike County.  Habitat restoration and infrastructure improvements are in the process of development.  It provides excellent opportunities for forest game hunting. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site. 

LOCATION: The site is located in western Pike County five miles northwest of Atlas. It lies less than a mile to the east of state highway 96.


​Total Acres: 410
​Huntable acres: 410
​Non-forested Acres: 125
​Forested Acres: 285


Squirrel Statewide  Statewide Windshield Card required
Deer Statewide  Statewide See below - Windshield Card required
Turkey Statewide 
Statewide See below - Windshield Card required
Rabbit/Quail Opens day after end of Regular Firearm deer season
Statewide Windshield Card required
Furbearer* Opens day after end of Regular Firearm deer season - then Statewide dates apply Statewide  Windshield Card required


  1. A Windshield Card is required to hunt all species at this site. These are available
    online at dnr2.illinois.gov/Windshieldcard.  Navigate to Hunting/Trapping and then Public Hunting Areas to print these permits.  Hunters will be required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information.
  2. It is unlawful to construct or to use any tree stand using a device that pierces or cuts the bark of the tree. Only one portable stand may be used and must be labeled​ with hunter's name, address, and telephone number.
  3. No centerfire rifles allowed.
  4. Firearm Deer Hunting: A quota of hunters will be filled by site-specific permit: Springfield drawing.  Muzzleloader Deer: Pike County Muzzleloader Permit required.  Not valid at site during second portion of Regular Firearm deer season.  Late-Winter Deer Season: Open/Closed by public announcement in the fall.  A quota of hunters will be filled on a sign-in sheet at the parking area each morning. Pike County permit or Dutch Creek Unit permit required.  Archery Deer Hunting:  No quota; statewide permit required.  Youth Deer Season: Quota filled by sign-in at site.
  5. Spring Turkey Season: A quota of hunters will be filled via Springfield application process.
  6. Spring Turkey (Youth): Quota filled by sign-in at site.

*Trapping is also allowed for furbearing mammals. A special trapping permit is issued through a site drawing.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:  Weinberg-King State Park at (217) 392-2345 or the Pittsfield office at (217) 285-2221.​​​

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.