Location: Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area is just south of US Rt.
30 and the Village of Shabbona. The hunter check station is located at the Park
Office. Take Shabbona Rd. south from Rt. 30 for 2 ½ miles to Shabbona Grove
Road, turn left (east) on Shabbona Grove Rd. for ½ mile, the entrance to the
Park Office is on the left (north) side of the road.
Description: This is an area of approximately 1550 total acres with 776
huntable acres that offer a variety of habitat types. The site is composed of
areas of mature hardwoods interspersed with cultivated fields, bottoms, pine
plantations, sloughs and tall grass prairie. Waterfowl hunting is allowed only
from 6 pre-constructed blinds located on the site.
See all below
found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations, and Administrative
Orders will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.
- Blind sites will be allocated by an annual drawing. Blind
winners will be awarded their blind site choice for either November or
- Persons awarded a blind, or their pre-designated partners,
must sign-in and claim their blind one hour before legal shooting time each
day. No more than 3 persons shall be registered for assignment to any blind
site. No person shall be allowed to be a blind winner, or partner, on more than
one State Waterfowl Management Area in Illinois.
- Blinds remaining unclaimed one hour before legal shooting
time may be claimed by stand-by hunters on a first come - first served
basis. All hunters are required to register
(sign-in) prior to entering the field.
- All hunting will be from designated blinds only. No more
than 4 persons shall occupy a blind. Persons may only hunt from the blind they
signed-in for that day (no movement from blind to blind).
- All hunters are required to sign-in, sign-out, and report
all birds taken on the check station sheets.
- Hunters are required to park in existing archery deer hunter
parking lots on the park perimeter and walk to their designated blind site.
- Waterfowl hunting will be conducted only during
November & December when the North Waterfowl Zone is open. Waterfowl
species other than Canada geese may be hunted if the statewide season for the
species in question is open in the North Waterfowl Zone during November and
December exclusive of the Canada goose season.
- Hunting hours are from the legal opening time until 1PM
daily. Hunters must be out of the field and checked out by 2PM daily.
- Persons under 16 years of age shall not hunt, or attempt to
hunt, unless accompanied by an adult.
- All hunting parties shall hunt over a spread of at least 12
- All hunters will be responsible for the daily removal of all
trash, litter, spent shells, etc.
- Further restrictions may exist. See regulations posted at
the site before hunting.
It Shall Be Unlawful:
- For any person to consume any alcoholic beverage, including
beer and wine, while on the area for the purpose of hunting.
- For any person to perform any weed or brush control around
any blind site; or, to cut / remove / disturb any vegetation anywhere on the
site, without prior approval from the site superintendent.
- While attempting to take migratory waterfowl or coots to
have in possession any shotgun shells not approved as non-toxic by federal
- To possess any shotgun shell loaded with a shot size larger
than steel “T”; Bismuth - Tin, Federal UltraShok High Density, Environ-Metal
HEVI-Steel “BBB”; Federal Tungsten / Iron, Kent Tungsten / Matrix (Impact),
Federal Tungsten / Polymer “BB”; Environ-Metal HEVI Shot, Remington Wingmaster
HD, Winchester Xtended Range Hi-Density, Environ-Metal Dead Coyote! “B”; Environ-Metal
HEVI-13 “1"; or Federal Heavyweight “3" while attempting to take
waterfowl in Illinois.
information contact: Shabbona
Lake SRA 4201 Shabbona Grove Rd., Shabbona, IL