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Sanganois State Fish & Wildlife Area

2020-2021 Season

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2020 Hunting Season Updates:

     WATERFOWL

  • All blind builders will drive through the check station site and announce to the site staff that their blind will be occupied on that day.
  • You are required to stay in your vehicles.
  • This must be done no less than one hour before legal shooting time.
  • Any unclaimed blinds will be drawn for one hour before shooting time.  
    • This will take place on the west side of the building at the west window. 
    • All participants will be outside.
  • All hunting stops at 1:00 pm. 
  • All Hunters must report their harvest at the check station kiosk no later than 2:00 pm.

     Baker Unit

  • Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • An outdoor drawing will be conducted for this unit one hour and 15 minutes before legal shooting time.  This will occur outside the garage door at the new metal building.
  • Social distancing must be adhered to.
  • Unit will be closed during the regular firearm Deer season.
  • Unit will be open during the muzzleloader deer season and hunters are required to wear blaze orange while traveling to and from the site.
  • All hunting stops at 1:00 pm.
  • All hunters must report their harvest at the check station kiosk.

     Walk-Ins

  • There is no check in required.
  • Hunter groups must stay 200 yards apart.
  • All hunting stops at 1:00 PM.
  • All hunters must report their harvest at the check station kiosk.

    DEER

  • All archery rules stay the same as in the past.
  • Shotgun rules are the same the only exception will apply to the Squirrel Timber and Knapps Island.
  • Shotgun deer hunters for the Squirrel Timber and Knapps Island will report to the check station, they will be assigned designated areas by site staff in the parking lot.
  • All hunters are required to fill out harvest cards on the outdoor kiosk. 

LOCATION: The Sanganois State Fish and Wildlife Area (SFWA) is located 8 miles northwest of Chandlerville off Route 78. The area lies mostly in Cass and Mason counties. 

DESCRIPTION: Total acres: 10,360; Huntable acres: 7,000; Water acres: 1,700; Open acres: 650; Timbered acres: 7,540
The Sanganois State Fish and Wildlife Area is primarily a waterfowl management area. The site offers waterfowl, forest game and furbearer hunting with limited upland game opportunities. . The area is a typical bottomland complex of sloughs, backwater lakes, timbered ponds, and bottomland timber comprised largely of willow, maple, and cottonwood. Waterfowl hunting is restricted to marked blind sites and a designated walk-in area. There are approximately 60 blind sites which are drawn for on an annual basis; also approximately 500 acres are open to walk-in hunting.

SEASONS, HOURS, LIMITS:

SPECIES

SEASON

HOURS

SPECIAL RULES/PERMITS

Duck

Statewide

Close at 1 pm

See Waterfowl Regulations Below

Youth Waterfowl 
StatewideClose at 1 pm Drawing two hours before shooting time at Chandlerville Check Station.  Blind builders can claim their blind if accompanying youth hunter(s).

Geese

Statewide

Statewide after close of duck season

See Waterfowl Regulations Below

Dove

Statewide

Sept. 1-5 

Noon-5 pm.

Statewide regulations

Remainder of the season.

Hunters shall possess only non-toxic shot size 6 or smaller; Windshield card required (2)

Squirrel

Statewide

Statewide

.22 rimfire firearms permitted. Windshield card required (2).

Quail/ Rabbit/ Pheasant

Statewide

Statewide

Windshield card required (2)

Non-toxic shot ONLY

Woodcock/ Snipe/ Rail

Statewide

Statewide

Windshield card required (2)

Raccoon/ Opossum/ Fox/ Coyote (hunting)

Statewide

Statewide

.22 rimfire firearms permitted from sunset to sunrise. Windshield card required.

Raccoon/Opossum/Fox/Coyote (trapping)

Statewide

Statewide

Windshield card required. (2)

Deer (archery)

Statewide

Statewide

Windshield card required (2). Ash Swale will be closed during the regular waterfowl season

Deer (firearm)

Statewide

Statewide

Firearm deer requires special Sanganois SFWA deer permit allocated through the annual permit system (3). Hunters with a Sanganois permit wishing to hunt either Knapps Island or the Squirrel Timber must enter a daily drawing held one hour before legal shooting hours at the Chandlerville Check Station.

Deer (muzzleloader)

Statewide

Statewide

Firearm muzzleloader requires special Sanganois SFWA deer permit allocated through the annual permit system. (3). Hunters with a Sanganois permit wishing to hunt either Knapps Island or the Squirrel Timber must enter a daily drawing held one hour before legal shooting hours at the Chandlerville Check Station.

Wild Turkey (firearm)

Statewide (Spring only)

Statewide

Permit requirements vary call site office for details. One permit per season will be allocated through the Springfield office for the Squirrel Timber (3).

Wild Turkey (archery)

Statewide

Statewide

Windshield card required. (2)

Crow

See special rules

Statewide

Season is July 1 - Aug. 15 and from the day after goose season closes through March 1; non-toxic shot only. Windshield card required.(2)

SPECIAL SITE REGULATIONS:

  1. Hunting for squirrel, quail, rabbit, cock pheasant, deer, wild turkey, rail, woodcock, common snipe, raccoon, fox, coyote, and opossum is permitted except in posted refuge, waterfowl rest areas or within 300 feet of any legal waterfowl blinds and areas posted as closed to deer hunting. Non-toxic shot is required for upland game hunting.
  2. Windshield cards are available here. Hunters will be required to return to that webpage prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information. Failure to submit data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.
  3. Firearm deer hunting and Turkey Hunting permits are available through the permit Lottery System here
  4. Deer Hunters may leave one tree stand unattended from 9/15 - 1/31. The stand must be tagged with the hunters name and address 

Waterfowl Area Restrictions

  • All waterfowl hunters must register at the Chandlerville check stations. Hunting programs may change slightly based on site-specific management goals and objectives; check with site officials for details. The Chandlerville check station is located 8 miles northwest of Chandlerville off Route 78.
  • Waterfowl blinds are allocated at an annual drawing held on the last Sunday of July at the Chandlerville check station. Illinois resident and non-resident hunters must have an Illinois hunting license and Illinois State Duck Stamp from the current or previous year and a valid photo ID.
  • Registered blind builders must claim their blinds at the check stations one hour before opening shooting time each day. Blinds not claimed by blind builders by this hour will be available for assignment on a drawing basis to other hunters until 10 am Central Standard Time. The daily drawing will be conducted at the Chandlerville check station.
  • During the regular duck season, shooting hours shall be from legal opening to 1 pm (CST).
  • Hunters must occupy blinds within one hour after registering at check station.
  • Hunters using the walk-in areas must sign in at the check station.
  • During the first 4 days of the season a drawing will be held 1 1/2 hours before shooting time to fill the hunter quota for the main walk-in area
  • Hunters using the Baker Tract walk-in area must register at the Chandlerville Check Station 1 hour and 15 minutes before opening shooting time on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of the Central Zone Waterfowl Season.  A drawing will be held to allocate the four hunting area's within the Baker Tract. One party of hunters (up to 4 hunters per party) will be permitted to hunt in each compartment.   Parties must register for the draw together on the same card.  The Baker Tract is closed during the Firearm deer season.
  • Upon the completion of hunting, hunters must report to the check station within one hour
  • Hunting from levees is prohibited.
  • Statewide regulations apply for teal hunting; hunters must stay 200 yards apart.
  • State wide regulations apply for that portion of the Canada goose season that follows the regular duck season.
  • State wide regulations apply to the special Conservation order snow goose season that follows the regular Canada goose season.
  • Statewide regulations apply to early Canada goose season (September). 

SAFE HUNTING IS NO ACCIDENT!! 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Doug Jallas, Site Superintendent, 3594 CR 200 N., Chandlerville, IL 62627 or at (309) 546-2628 ​​​


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