Sporting dog training opportunities are available on selected Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites during specified seasons.
Permits and Designated Areas
A free windshield card permit for the trainer is required by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources which may be obtained online or from the site office during regular business hours (varies from site-to-site, see list below). Sporting dog training on public land sites is only allowed in designated areas within the site.
All dogs and domestic pets must be kept on a leash of 10' or less while on public land sites except within the designated dog training areas where the trainer has a valid site dog training permit during the open training season.
The only firearm dog trainers may have in possession while dog training on public land are pistols and shotguns with blank cartridges.
The season for training sporting dogs on public land is generally September 1 - March 31 with the exception that the training season is closed during upland game hunting season. Other season exceptions are noted in the public land site list below.