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Stephen A. Forbes

2020-2021 Season


The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation opportunities for the residents of this state and is particularly concerned with providing adequate hunting areas on public lands.

LOCATION:Four (4) miles southeast of Kinmundy, Illinois, in Marion County.

DESCRIPTION: Total Acres - 3,103       Huntable Acres - 2,580

The area is composed of 1,789 acres of woodland, 115 acres of grasslands, 876 acres of lakes and wetlands, and 243 acres of cropland. The area has steeply rolling to flat topography. Much of the hunting is around the large oak and hickory timber blocks, brushy draws, and expanses of fallow fields. Many small food plots are planted on the area for food and winter cover for wildlife.


  1. All hunters (except waterfowl) must possess and display on dash of vehicle a windshield card while hunting. These are available online at dnr2.illinois.gov/Windshieldcard. Navigate to hunting/trapping, then public hunting areas,then select Free Site Hunting Permit (Windshield Card) to print these permits. Hunters will be required to return to same web location prior to February 15th to record harvest information and hunter trips for each permit you have. This is required in order for you to be eligible for a site hunting permit for the following season.
  2. Waterfowlhunters must sign-in at the east boat ramp kiosk prior to hunting and sign-out reporting harvest at the end of each day. Instructions for waterfowl hunters are posted at the east boat access sign-in station.
  3. Spring turkey permits are issued from the IDNR Springfield permit office via the statewide application process. Springfield issued turkey permit holders still need to obtain a site windshield card/harvest report online. **Note: the Springfield issued permits are not Marion County permits, but site specific permits issued for Stephen A. Forbes State Park properties only.
  4. Hunting is restricted to that portion of the State Park area posted as open to hunting (see map).
  5. No hunting may be done in restricted areas, developed recreation areas, or within 100 yards of construction sites, or residences.
  6. When hunting or scouting, ALL VEHICLES MUST BE PARKED AT DESIGNATED AREAS (no ATV access without prior authorization and valid permit).
  7. It is unlawful for any person to consume an alcoholic beverage while on site property for the purpose of hunting or trapping. Any person who violates site specific regulations shall be guilty of a Class B Misdemeanor.


Furbearer - Hunting

  1. Statewide regulations


  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. Hunting with shotgun only.

Deer (Archery)

  1. Statewide Regulations with the exception that Stephen A. Forbes State Park is OPEN to archery deer hunting during the deer firearm seasons.  A reminder: blaze orange is a requirement of statewide regulations during any deer firearm season.
  2. Portable stands or ground blinds only.  Stands must be removed at the end of the day.  No permanent tree stands may be constructed nor may any hunting be done from a permanent tree stand.  It is unlawful to drive deer, or participate in a deer drive on all IDNR owned or managed properties.

Turkey (Spring-Youth)

  1. Hunters must apply to Springfield Permit Office for site specific permits. Permits are not transferable.
  2. Fourteen permits maximum issued per season.

Turkey (Spring)

  1. Hunters must apply to Springfield Permit Office for site specific permits. Permits are not transferable.
  2. Fourteen permits maximum issued per season.

Turkey (Fall Archery)

  1. Statewide Regulations

Waterfowl - Ducks/Geese

  1. Hunting must be done from staked sites only. (within 100 yards of stake) 
  2. Boat blinds only. No permanent blinds allowed.
  3. Boat access only(except for sub-impoundment)
  4. Sub-impoundment: walk-in hunting is permitted. Temporary land blinds are permitted. Sign-in at East Boat Ramp.
  5. No cutting of vegetation on site.
  6. Shooting hours during regular duck and goose seasons shall be from legal opening to 1 p.m. All hunters must be checked out at sign-in box by 2 p.m.

Waterfowl - Teal 

  1. Statewide regulations
  2. Hunting in Sub-impoundment only.
  3. Sub-impoundment: walk-in hunting is permitted. Temporary land blinds are permitted. Sign-in at East Boat Ramp.
  4. No cutting of vegetation on site.


  1. A one-day Youth Dove Hunt will be held the first weekend day in September or Labor Day, which ever comes first.
  2. Dove hunting will start the day after Labor Day and end September 30.  Hunting hours 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  3. NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY. No. 6 steel shot or No. 7 1/2 bismuth shot or smaller is allowed.
  4. Hunting is restricted to the managed fields. (see map)
  5. Registration will be held at the site maintenance building beginning at 10:30 AM.  A drawing will be held at 11:00 AM for available stake locations.  Hunters must be present for registration and drawing.
  6. Harvested doves must be kept in separate bags by each hunter.
  7. All hunting will be done from staked locations. When a dove is downed, hunters are required to leave their gun at the stake while retrieving bird(s). Hunters must stay within 10 feet of the assigned stake.
  8. No cleaning of doves permitted on the site.
  9. It is the hunter's responsibility to remove all refuse, including empty shotgun shells, from the hunting area once they have finished hunting.
  10. Hunters desiring to change positions must report to the check station before doing so.
  11. Non-hunters are not allowed in the field.

Furbearer Trapping

  1. A valid site permit is required for trapping. Permits are issued via a public drawing at the site office on the third Saturday of October at 11:00 a.m. Registration begins at 10:30AM. All persons entering the drawing must have a current trapping license in their possession and must be present at time of the drawing.
  2. Statewide Regulations.
  3. Trappers may have partners, providing their names were on the registration card prior to the permit drawing.
  4. Trappers must stay in their assigned trapping areas. All traps must be tagged with the trapper's name.
  5. Trappers must submit a harvest report to the site office within 10 days following the close of the site trapping program. Failure to report harvest shall result in the trapper being ineligible to trap at this site the following season.

Upland Game

  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. Upland game hunting allowed from 8:00AM - 4:00PM

OTHER SITE FACILITIES: Fishing, picnicking, and camping.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephen A.Forbes State Park, 6924 Omega Road, Kinmundy, IL 62854. Telephone: (618) 547-3381. Internet address:  www.dnr.illinois.gov     Email:  Dennis.Sneed@illinois.gov​​

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.