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.
Deer - Archery
See (1) & (2)
See (1)(2) and Area Regulations - Archery Deer Hunting
Deer - Special Firearm
Nov. 14-16, 2022 &
Site Permit required. See Area Regulations - Firearm Deer
(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.
IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL:
- 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.
AREA REGULATIONS - FIREARM DEER HUNTING:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- All deer harvested must be checked in via the IDNR phone/internet
check in system.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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
- NOTE: Hunters may encounter hikers, picnickers, etc; PLEASE be considerate of
- 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