White Pines State Park

2022-2023 Season



Location: White Pines State Park is located in Ogle County; it lies on the north side of Pines Road, approx. 6 miles east of Polo, IL, and 8 miles west of Oregon, IL.

Hunting Area: The hunting area is comprised of approximately 300 acres and is mostly pines, hardwoods, some open areas and brushy fields. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.




Bag Limit

Special Regulations

Deer - Archery

See (1) & (2)



See (1)(2) and Area Regulations - Archery Deer Hunting

Deer - Special Firearm

 Nov. 14-16, 2022 &

 Nov. 28-30, 2022



Site Permit required. See Area Regulations - Firearm Deer Hunting


(1) Archery deer: Hunting allowed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only – excluding official state holidays in October (10/10/22). Beginning November 1, archery hunting is allowed 7 days a week, excluding the sites special firearm deer season.

(2) No archery hunting during the Site’s special firearm deer seasons (the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday prior to the first [statewide] firearm deer season and the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday prior to the second [statewide] firearm deer season).

​Hunter Quota: Archery deer hunting - The maximum number of hunters that may be signed-in at any one time is 10.

​Site Firearm Permit: Hunter's must possess a permit issued specifically for White Pines, for the season they are hunting.

Driving Deer:​ It is unlawful to drive deer, or participate in a deer drive, on this area.


All regulation found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations, and Administrative Orders will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.


  • For any person to construct or to use any tree stand using nails, screws, wire, or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree. Stands must be portable and must be removed from the site at the end of the day's hunt. Only one stand per permit holder is allowed.
  • For any person to consume any alcoholic beverage, including beer and wine, while on the area for the purpose of hunting.
  • To hunt in any "restricted area" or any area not designated as open to hunting.
  • For any person to park except at a designated parking area.
  • For unauthorized vehicles to enter upon any trail or be in any "off road" area.
  • To enter onto private property, for any reason, without first obtaining permission from the landowner.
  • To field dress any deer or deposit any part(s) of a deer, within 100 feet of any trail or developed area on the site.
  • To archery hunt within 50 yards of a day use area or within 30 yards of any trail.


  1. Hunters may apply by selecting White Pines S.P. as their choice of hunting area on their Firearm permit application. Applications are to be submitted to the Springfield Permit Office.
  2. Hunters with White Pines S. P. Firearm deer permits must check-in at the hunter kiosk in the office parking lot. Registration will be at the White Pines State Park office and will begin at 4:30 AM. All hunters (unless exempt) must have a valid FOID card, hunting license, and habitat stamp.
  3. Hunting is allowed with any type of weapon that is legal for Statewide deer hunting during the specific season you are hunting. See 17 Ill. Adm. Code, Section 650.30 a) for further details. 
  4. All deer harvested must be checked in via the IDNR phone/internet check in system.
  5. Archery hunting permitted during the statewide firearm deer seasons; however, archers must comply with the same blaze orange requirements as firearm deer hunters.

Area Regulations - Archery Deer Hunting:

  1. No more than 10 hunters will be allowed on the area at any one time. Please check the sign up sheets at the time of arrival; hunter quota is on a first come - first serve basis.
  2. All hunters are required to sign in , sign out, and report all deer harvested on the sign-in/sign-out sheets AND report harvests as outlined in the statewide rules & regulations for reporting deer harvested during the regular statewide seasons. All hunters (unless exempt) must have a valid hunting license, habitat stamp, and archery deer permit.
  3. NOTE: Hunters may encounter hikers, picnickers, etc; PLEASE be considerate of each other.
  4. Hunters must use the windshield card system.

For Further information please contact: Site Superintendent, White Pines S.P., 6712 W. Pines Rd., Mt. Morris, Il. 61054, or email at: DNR.WhitePines@Illinois.gov

Phone: 815-946-3717​​​


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.