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Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area

2020-2021 Season

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LOCATION: Two miles west of State Route 37 on Highway 154

DESCRIPTION: Total Acres: 3,302     Huntable Acres: 1,500     Acres of Timber: 500
                        Open, Cultivated or Fallow Land: 1,000     Buildings and Recreation Areas: 1,500

GENERAL SITE REGULATIONS

  1. Hunting is in designated areas ONLY
  2. No hunting may be done in restricted areas, developed recreation areas or withing 100  yards of inhabited dwellings
  3. When hunting or scouting, ALL VEHICLES MUST BE PARKED AT DESIGNATED AREAS (no ATV access)
  4. ​It is unlawful for any person to consume, possess, or be under the influence of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs while on site property for the purpose of hunting. 
  5. Parking is allowed only in designated parking lots shown on the site map
Turkey (Spring)
  1. Statewide regulations shall apply except that all hunting is allowed by site-specific permit only.
  2. Permits are allocated by the Springfield permit office from applications
  3. The permit allows for the taking of one wild turkey by shotgun or bow and arrow.
  4. Five (5) permits are allocated during each season and are non-transferable
  5. Statewide hunting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1:00 pm
  6. A windshield parking permit, site map, hunting regulations and hunter harvest report will be mailed to each successful permit holder prior to the season
Turkey (Youth Spring)
  1. Statewide regulations shall apply except that all hunting is allowed by site-specific permit only.
  2. Permits are allocated by the Springfield permit office from applications
  3. The permit allows for the taking of one wild turkey by shotgun, or bow and arrow.
  4. Five (5) permits are allocated during each season and are non-transferable
  5. Statewide hunting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1:00 pm
  6. A windshield parking permit, site map, hunting regulations and hunter harvest report will be mailed to each successful permit holder prior to the season
Turkey (Fall Archery)
  1. Statewide hunting hours are in effect.
  2. All hunters must check-in and check-out daily while hunting and report their harvest at the check station box.
  3. No hunting during controlled pheaseant hunts as posted at the site.
  4. Only one tree stand or ground blind is allowed per turkey permit holder. It will be unlawful to construct or to use any tree stand using nails, screws, wire, or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. Tree stands and ground blinds must be portable and must be removed at the end of each day. NO PERMANENT TREE STANDS ALLOWED
Deer (Archery)
  1. Statewide regulations shall apply except that no hunting is allowed on the days the site is open to controlled pheasant hunting.
  2. All hunters must check-in and check-out daily while hunting and report their harvest at the check station box.
  3. Only one tree stand or ground blind is allowed per turkey permit holder. It will be unlawful to construct or to use any tree stand using nails, screws, wire, or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. Tree stands and ground blinds must be portable and must be removed at the end of each day. NO PERMANENT TREE STANDS ALLOWED
Deer (Firearm, Special Disabled Only)
  1. The first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in November.
  2. Permit applications may be obtained from the site office and completed applications must be returned to that office by October 1st.
  3. All initial permits will be issued as anterless only; hunters must harvest an antlerless deer on site before they can purchase an either-sex site-specific permit; hunters must check anterless deer with site staff for verification to get the either-sex permit. 
  4. Disabled hunters must possess a Class P2A disabiltiy card or a Veteran's Administration issued card or letter designating a 10% or more service connected disability in order to be eligible for the drawing. All participating hunters must show proof of passing the Illinois Hunter Safety Course or an equivalent State program for nonresidents.
  5. Standby hunting is available, permit holders must register at the site office by 5:00 am each day of the hunt. Unfilled permits are void after 5:00 am. Vacancies each day will be filled by a drawing held at 5:00 am. Disabled vacancies may be filled by any qualifying disabled person holding a valid hunting license, Habitat Stamp, and Firearm Owner Identification Card, unless exempt. Standby hunters will be issued a one-day site-specific deer permit at the site office, and charged a permit fee of $5.
Controlled Pheasant Permit Hunting
  1. Applicants must contact the Department of Natural Resources to obtain a permit reservation. Reservations for pheasant hunting will be issued by the DNR. Permits will be issued until the daily quota is filled.
  2. Applications for reservations on areas operated by DNR will be accepted on the first Monday of August until 24 hours before the last hunt date. Methods for making reservations are available on the DNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov, by email at dnr.pheasant@illinois.gov or by writiing the DNR's Division of Parks and Recreation-Pheasant, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, Il 62702-1271
  3. Closed to pheasant permit hunting on every Monday and Tuesday during the controlled hunting season and on December 25th. 
  4. Check in times are 7:00-8:00 am and hunting hours are 9:00-4:00 pm
  5. On Thanksgiving Day, hunting hours are 9:00am-1:00 pm
  6. Only non-toxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may be possessed and only shot shells with a shot size ballistically equivalent to No. 5 lead or smaller may be used or in possession.
  7. Daily limits-A permit authorizes the harvest of 2 pheasants of either sex per hunter.
  8. Non-hunters are not allowed in the field, except at special hunts publicly announced by the DNR where non-hunters authorized by the DNR shall be allowed in the field, and except for operators of DNR conveyances.
  9. Hunters under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult hunter.
  10. During the controlled pheasant hunting season, hunters may not leave the confines of any permit area and return to hunt on the permit area during the same day.
  11. During the controlled pheasant hunting season, hunters must wear a back patch issued by the check station.
  12. Stand-by permits shall be issued by drawing held at the conclusion of chdck-in time when daily quotas are not filled.
Youth Pheasant Permit Hunting
  1. Applicants must contact the Department of Natural Resources to obtain a permit reservation. Reservations for pheasant hunting will be issued by the DNR. Permits will be issued until the daily quota is filled.
  2. Applications for reservations on areas operated by DNR will be accepted on the first Monday of August until 24 hours before the last hunt date. Methods for making reservations are available on the DNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov, by email at dnr.pheasant@illinois.gov or by writiing the DNR's Division of Parks and Recreation-Pheasant, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271​
  3. Only applications for reservations submitted by Illinois residents will be accepted during the first application period.  Reservations will be confirmed. 
  4. Youth pheasant hunt will be held the Saturday following the opening of the statewide upland game season.
  5. All hunters must be between the ages of 10 and 17 inclusive and have a youth hunting permit. Stand-by permits shall be issued by drawing held at the conclusion of check-in time when daily quotas are not filled. Hunters under the age of 18 are not required to pay a daily fee.
  6. All rules applicable to Controlled pheasant hunting are in effect..

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area, 11094 Ranger Road, Whittington, IL 62897-9718. Phone: (618) 629-2320 or Region 5 Headquarters, 11731 State Hwy, 37, Benton, IL 612912, Phone: (618) 435-8138.

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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.