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Rice Lake

2020-2021 Season

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2020 Hunting Season Updates:

  • All registered blind builders will sign in 1-hour prior to shooting time each day in a drive through fashion.  
  • They will be handed a harvest card and disburse the area.  
  • Any remaining blinds will be assigned in a drive through contactless manner.  
  • Both registered and left over groups will self check out at the main office by placing their harvest card in the box.  
  • All parties are REQUIRED to wear a mask at time of check in.

     WALK-INS

  • Any permit hunters will select their hunting stake per the number they were assigned and will be handed a harvest card on their permit by 5 AM.  
  • After permit hunters show up for the day, we will assign the remaining blinds in a drive through contactless fashion, hand the hunting party a harvest card and they also will self check out at the main office.  
  • All parties are REQUIRED to wear a mask at time of check in.

 

LOCATION: Rice Lake SFWA office is located 3 miles south of Banner on US Route 24.

DESCRIPTION: Rice Lake SFWA is over 7110 acres that consists of backwater lakes, impoundments, bottomland timber, sloughs, and ponds.

AVAILABLE SPECIES:

SPECIESSEASONHOURSSPECIAL REGULATIONS
DucksCentral Zone1/2 hour before sunrise to 1:00 p.m.See below for more details
Duck PermitsCentral Zone1/2 hour before sunrise to 1:00 p.m.

24 hunters per day

See below for more details

Youth WaterfowlCentral Zone1/2 hour before sunrise to 1:00 p.m.Season open on weekend preceding Central Zone Duck Season
TealStatewideSunrise until 1:00 p.m. 
GeeseSee Special Regulations

Sunrise until 1:00 p.m. during Teal Season

1/2 hour before sunrise to 1:00 p.m. during Duck Season

Early Canada Goose season opens with Teal Season

Closed after Duck Season

Archery DeerStatewideStatewide except during the Central Zone Duck Season – Hours: 1:00 PM until 1/2 hour after sunset.

Zone A & B only

See below for more details

Woodcock, Snipe and RailDuring Teal Season OnlySunrise until 1:00 P.M.Allowed only during the statewide Teal Season
Furbearer TrappingStatewideStatewide

Trapping rights are allocated by drawing held annually at site office

See below for more details


All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations, and Administrative Rules will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.

SPECIAL AREA REGULATIONS:

All hunters are required to sign-in and sign-out at the hunter check station located at the site office (Zone A) or there is a sign-in/out box at the trail head on the east side of the site (Zone B).

Waterfowl

  • Ducks and Youth Waterfowl
    • Blinds allocated by annual draw held on the last Sunday in July.
    • All hunters using this area must report to the check station to complete information cards and/or participate in draw for blind before proceeding to sites.
    • All hunting will be from registered blinds and staked sites. Hunters must occupy sites within 1 hour after registering at the check station. All hunting will cease at 1 pm.
    • Registered builders (or partners desiring to claim their blinds) must report to the check station by 5:00 am each day to claim their blind. Unclaimed blinds will be allocated in a public draw.
    • Upon vacating the blind sites, hunters must report to the check station within 1 hour. Hunters are required to check self out and record harvest at the check station.
    • During duck season, blinds not claimed by the builder or partners by one hour before hunting time shall be assigned by a drawing at this time and during the hours from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.
    • Once 4 hunters have occupied a blind, all original occupants of the blind must check out at the check station before any additional hunters may occupy that blind. Blinds may be reallocated on a first-come, first-served basis or, if multiple parties arrive at the check station at 8:00 a.m., there will be a second drawing, after which time the area shall be closed to additional hunters.
    • All parties must hunt over a minimum of 12 decoys of at least standard size.
    • It shall be unlawful to trespass upon areas designated as waterfowl rest areas or refuges from 2 weeks prior to the start of regular duck season through the close of regular duck and Canada goose season
    • Hunters 16 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a supervising adult.
    • Subject to special dates for youth waterfowl hunting made by Department public announcement
    • No more than 4 persons shall occupy a blind at one time, except during statewide Youth Waterfowl Hunting, 5 persons may occupy a blind at one time only if the party is comprised of 2 youth hunters, their non-hunting parents and one non-hunting guide.
  • Duck Permits
    • Duck permits are allocated by drawing. Applicants must apply online.
    • 8 permits allocated daily for the Central Zone duck season. 24 hunters per day.
    • The permit holder may bring no more than 2 partners (hunters or non-hunters; 3 persons per stake)
    • Hunting rotates daily with the Rice Lake (Ridge Field), Copperas Creek (Vorhees), and Big Lake walk-in areas.
    • Hunters with permit reservations are required to check in at the check station located 1.5 miles south of Banner off Banner Dyke Road between 4:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Permits are void after 5:00 a.m. At that time a drawing shall be held to allocate stakes to permit holders. After all permit hunters are checked in a standby drawing will be held if the hunter quota is unfilled.
    • Hunting shall be by walk-in or boats without motors only.
    • All parties must hunt over a minimum of 12 decoys of at least standard size.
    • Hunters must be at least 16 years of age (except for the Illinois Youth Goose/Duck Hunt) to draw for a stake. Each person under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a supervising adult.
    • Hunting is allowed from ½ hour before sunrise to 1 pm.

Archery Deer

  • Statewide hours except during the Central Zone Duck Season when hunting hours are 1:00 PM until 1/2 hour after sunset.
  • Archery Deer is still open at this site during state Firearm Deer seasons
  • Only one tree stand or ground blind is allowed per deer permit holder. Tree stands and ground blinds may be left unattended from September 15 through January 31, but must be legibly marked with the owner’s name, address, and telephone number, or site assigned identification number.

Furbearer Trapping

  • Site trapping permits are allocated by a drawing held annually in December at the site office. The date of the drawing shall be announced by the Department by public announcement.
  • Only Egg Traps®, D-P (Dog-Proof) Traps®, Lil Grizz Get'rz®, box traps, cage traps, and traps of similar design may be used for land sets; only body-gripping traps with a jaw spread of 5 inches or less, foothold traps with a jaw spread of 4½ inches or less and square body-gripping traps with a 10 inch jaw spread may be used for water sets; snares may be used for water sets
  • Trappers must stay within assigned areas.
  • No trapping is permitted in subimpoundments or designated waterfowl management units during duck season.
  • .22 caliber or smaller rimfire firearms permitted.

For further information please contact: Rice Lake, 19721 N. US 24, Canton, IL 61520 (309) 647-9184.​​


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