Illinois hunting and fishing

Youth waterfowl hunts coming up fast

October 03, 2012 at 10:21 AM

The Illinois youth waterfowl hunts are coming up fast with the North Zone hunt scheduled for Oct. 13-14.

The Central Zone follows with its hunt Oct. 20 - 21.

The South Central Zone hunt is Nov. 3 - 4, and the South Zone kicks off Nov. 10 - 11.

A number of Illinois state parks, fish and wildlife areas, conservation areas and recreation areas will be open to youth waterfowl hunting.

Federal sites that fall under the Illinois Department of Natural Resources waterfowl administrative rule also will be open.

Regulations that apply during the regular waterfowl hunting season apply during the youth hunt.

Hunters should check for site-specific regulations, including changes in legal shooting hours. 

During the youth hunt, bag limits are the same as during regular seasons.

Young hunters age 15 or younger may hunt ducks, geese, coots and mergansers as long as they are accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age.

The accompanying adult cannot hunt these species, but may participate in other open seasons.

Youth hunters must have a hunting license.

The youth hunter or his or her accompanying adult must have a valid FOID card.

The supervising adult does not have to have a hunting license if they are not hunting other species.

Youth hunters age 15 or younger are not required to have a state or federal duck stamp.

All waterfowl hunters, including those participating in the youth hunt, are required to register with the Harvest Information Program.

In order to register with HIP, hunters will need to have their hunting license number available.

Hunters should register for HIP at the license vendor when they buy their hunting license or by calling (888) 673-7648 or online at

State and federal sites to be open during the Youth Waterfowl Hunts:

2012 North Zone Youth Waterfowl Hunt (Oct. 13-14) - State Sites Open

Chain O’Lakes State Park
Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area (SFWA)
Lake DePue SFWA
Sinnissippi Lake Wildlife Area
Mississippi River Pools (All located in North Zone)
WilliamW. Powers State Recreation Area (SRA)

2012 Central Zone Youth Waterfowl Hunt (Oct. 20-21) – State and Federal Sites Open

Anderson Lake SFWA
Banner Marsh SFWA
Braidwood Lake SFWA
Clinton Lake SRA
Coffeen Lake SFWA
Freeman Mine
Henderson Creek SFWA
Horseshoe Lake State Park (Madison County)
Horseshoe Lake State Park (Madison County) (Gabaret, Mosenthein, Chouteau Island Units)
Kankakee River State Park
Marshall SFWA
Marshall SFWA - Sparland Unit
Marshall SFWA - Duck Ranch Unit
Mazonia SFWA
Meredosia Lake
Mississippi River Area (MRA) - All sites managed by MRA
Mississippi River Pools (All located in Central Zone)
Momence Wetlands State Natural Area (SNA)
Pekin Lake SFWA
Quincy Bay
Ray Norbut SFWA
Rice Lake SFWA
Sanganois SFWA
Sangchris Lake State Park
Shelbyville SFWA
Spring Lake SFWA
Starved Rock State Park
Weinberg-King State Park - Spunky Bottoms Unit
Woodford SFWA

2012 South Central Zone Youth Waterfowl Hunt (Nov.3-4) - State and Federal Sites Open

Campbell Pond SHA
Carlyle Lake SFWA
Kaskaskia SFWA
Kinkaid Lake SFWA
Mississippi River Pools (All located in South Central Zone)
Oakwood Bottoms
Pyramid SRA (Captain, Denmark, Galum, and East Conant Units)
Rend Lake Project Land and Waters
Ten Mile Creek SFWA

2012 South Zone Youth Waterfowl Hunt (Nov. 10-11) – State and Federal Sites Open

Cache River SNA
Cape Bend SFWA
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Cypress Pond SNA
Deer Pond SNA
Devil’s Island Wildlife Management Area
Dog Island Wildlife Management Area
Horseshoe Lake SFWA (Alexander County)
Mermet Lake SFWA
Mississippi River
Peabody River King SFWA
Saline County SFWA
Sielbeck Forest SNA
Union County SFWA

For more information the Illinois Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations 2012 -13 can be downloaded at:

For hunter fact sheets, visit: