Dog Training - Public Land

Dog in trainingSporting 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.

Leashes

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.

Firearms

The only firearm dog trainers may have in possession while dog training on public land are pistols and shotguns with blank cartridges.

General Season

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.

Public Land Site Name Windshield Card Availability Season Exceptions/Additional Restrictions
Banner Marsh State Fish & Wildlife Area Site Office Training allowed year around except that it is closed 7 days before and through the end of waterfowl season
Carlyle Lake Lands & Waters Site Office
Clinton Lake State Recreation Area Online
Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area Online Training allowed year around except that it is closed during upland game season
Eagle Creek State Recreation Area Online
Edward Madigan State Park Online
Eldon Hazlet State Park Online January 1 - March 31, except north of Allen Branch open per statewide regulations
Hamilton County Conservation Area Site Office
Hidden Springs State Forest Site Office
Horseshoe Lake State Park-Madison Site Office Closed during dove and archery deer seasons, except training is permitted on Mondays and Tuesdays during the controlled pheasant hunting season
Horseshoe Lake State Park - Gabaret, Mosenthein and Chouteau Island Unit Site Office
Iroquois County State Wildlife Area Site Office
Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area Site Office Water dog training only is open all year; during the controlled pheasant hunting season training is permitted on Mondays and Tuesdays on the Controlled Pheasant Hunting Unit only
Kankakee River State Park Site Office
Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area Site Office Water dog training only is open all year
Kickapoo State Park Online
Lake Shelbyville - Eagle Creek State Park and Wildlife Management Area Site Office
Lake Shelbyville Kaskaskia and West Okaw Wildlife Management Areas Site Office
Marseilles Wildlife Area Site Office Closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during September, October and March
Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area Online
Middlefork State Wildlife Area Online
Mississippi River Fish & Wildlife Management Areas (Pools 25 & 26) Site Office Training allowed year around
Peabody River King State Fish & Wildlife Area Site Office West and South subunits only; water dog training only is open all year
Randolph County Conservation Area Site Office Training allowed year around
Rock Cut State Park Site Office Training allowed year around
Saline County Conservation Area Site Office
Sam Parr State Park Site Office
Sand Ridge State Forest Site Office During Controlled Pheasant season, training is permitted on Mondays and Tuesdays
Sangchris Lake State Park Site Office Waterdog training is open all year
Shabbona Lake State Park Site Office Closed during archery deer season
Shelbyville State Fish & Wildlife Area Online
Silver Springs State Fish & Wildlife Area Online
Skinner Farm (I-24) State Habitat Area Online Area south and west of I-24 open only October - March
Snakeden Hollow State Fish & Wildlife Area Site Office Closed October through the Central Zone Goose Hunting Season
Stephen A. Forbes State Fish & Wildlife Area Online
Ten Mile Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area Site Office
Trail of Tears State Forest Site Office
Washington County Conservation Area Online
Weinberg King State Park Site Office
Woodford State Fish & Wildlife Area Online