Creek Wildlife Management Area, located within Shabbona Lake State Park, is
just south of US Rt. 30 and the Village of Shabbona. The check station is the
Park Office. Take Shabbona Rd. south off Rt. 30 for 2 ½ miles to Shabbona Grove
Road then go east on Shabbona Grove Rd. for ½ mile to the Park Office entrance.
Description: This is
an area of approximately 1550 total acres with 776 huntable acres that offer a
variety of habitat types. Hunters will find areas of mature hardwoods interspersed
with cultivated fields, pine plantations, sloughs and prairie.
Regulations (See Below)
Sept. 1- 30
Noon - 5PM
See #1, 2, 3, 5, 9
Archery Deer and Turkey
Statewide, See #7
See #4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal
Regulations and Administrative Orders will apply unless area regulations are
Dove hunters from Sept. 6 – Sept. 30 and all archery deer
and turkey hunters must obtain a site windshield card online from dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/ Complete all fields as necessary
and print windshield card and accompanying pocket card. This card (your windshield card) must be
displayed under the vehicle windshield, face up, with the windshield card
number visible and the pocket card portion in your possession while hunting at
the site. Hunters must report their
annual harvest online (even if you did not hunt) by February 15. Hunters
shall forfeit their hunting privileges at the site for the following year if
they fail to report by the prescribed deadline.
- Sept. 1st through Sept. 5th, the daily
quota of 60 hunters will be filled by a drawing. Registration will begin at
10:00 AM and the drawing held at 11:00 AM. Handicapped accessible hunting is
available, contact the Park Office for details. Beginning Sept. 6th,
sign in and sign out to hunt.
- Non-toxic only. Only #6 or smaller steel shot or #7½ or
smaller bismuth shot may be used.
- Hunters are required to check-in and check-out at the park
office. A back patch must be worn when required. Please remove all trash,
including empty shotgun shells, at the conclusion of your hunt.
- The quota of 29 hunters will be determined on a first
come/first served basis. Sign-in begins
at 5:00 AM. Site quota is 29 TOTAL (deer and turkey hunters combined) at any
- All hunters are required to sign-in prior to hunting, and to
sign-out and report harvest immediately upon leaving their designated hunting
- The site is divided into hunting zones. Hunters may only
hunt in the zone they are signed in for and must park in the lot designated for
- Archery deer and turkey hunting will remain open on this
site during the statewide firearm deer season and muzzleloader season. During
this time archery hunters must wear the same blaze orange clothes as required
for gun deer hunters.
- Handicapped accessible hunting available.
- Further restrictions may exist. See regulations posted at
the site before hunting.
REQUIREMENTS: All archery hunters must comply with
blaze orange or pink clothing requirements during the shotgun deer season,
muzzleloader deer season, youth deer season and any other special seasons that
may be announced by the Department.
Specific requirements are to be found in the “Digest of Hunting and
- Submission of all deer heads along with corresponding
harvest information is required within 48 hours of harvest to test for the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease.
It Shall Be Unlawful:
- It shall be unlawful to construct or to use any type of tree
stand, screw-in steps, spikes, cleats, ladder, climbing aids, etc. using nails,
screws, wire, or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree. Stands
must be portable and must be removed from the site at the end of each day’s
hunt. Only one stand per person is allowed. Trees, shrubs, brush, etc. may not
be removed, “trimmed”, broken, etc. to place stand or to clear “shooting
- To hunt in any area not designated as being open to hunting
or to hunt off IDNR property.
- To park anywhere on the site except in the designated
parking lots or for unauthorized vehicles to enter upon any trail.
- For any person to consume any alcoholic beverage or illegal
drugs or to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on the
area for the purpose of hunting.
- To engage in "driving" deer for the purpose of
hunting on any IDNR site.
information contact: Shabbona
Lake SRA, 4201 Shabbona Grove Rd., Shabbona, IL 60550
Phone: (815) 824-2106