Steward Habitat Area is located in Lee County, approx. 3 miles northwest of
Lee, Ill. From US Route 30 in Shabbona, take Shabbona Road approximately four
miles north to McGirr Road. Turn left on McGirr Road and go west approximately
4 miles. The Steward Habitat Area is on the northeast corner of McGirr and
Description: This is
an area 80 acres in size. It is a mixture of legumes, such as clover and
alfalfa, warm season grasses, shrub windbreaks and food plots. This area was
purchased in 1994 with proceeds from the Illinois State Pheasant Fund. The Lee
and Dekalb chapters of Pheasants Forever both provided funds used for habitat
establishment on this site. In 1997 a wetland was constructed on this site
using matching funds provided by Dekalb County Pheasants Forever and the
Illinois Habitat Stamp Fund. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.
Area Regulations (See
Pheasant, Quail, Rabbit & Hungarian Partridge
Free upland game permit required. See
#1, 2, 3, 4, 5
found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations and Administrative Orders
will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.
- A free upland game permit application must be submitted
online for a lottery drawing held in August.
The application is available at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/uplandgame. One permit will be issued for each hunt day. Each permit
holder may be accompanied by 3 hunting partners.
must wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid blaze orange or pink of at
least 400 square inches.
- All hunting must be with shotgun or bow and arrow (flu - flu
arrows only and no broadheads).
permit holder must complete and return a hunter harvest survey report to the
Department of Natural Resources by February 15. Failure to submit the report
will result in loss of hunting privileges on pheasant habitat areas for the
- Further restrictions may exist. See regulations posted at
the site before hunting.
- To park anywhere on the site except in the designated parking
lots or for unauthorized vehicles to enter upon any trail.
- To hunt in any area not designated as being open to hunting
or to hunt off IDNR property.
- 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.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shabbona Lake State Park, 4201 Shabbona Grove Rd., Shabbona, Il. 60550
Phone: (815) 824-2106