Hunting in Illinois

Emiquon Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Click on the photo above to see a map and images of each hunt site at the Emiquon Preserve.

The Emiquon Preserve is private property owned and managed by the Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy for ecological purposes.  Waterfowl hunting privileges are being offered as a public service.  For this hunting program at the Preserve, any and all decisions of Conservancy staff or designees are final, and anyone failing to abide by written rules or instructions from Conservancy staff or designees may have hunting privileges at this Preserve revoked.  The Conservancy retains the right to modify these rules and to terminate this program without prior notice

Limited public Youth Waterfowl Hunting opportunities for Saturday October 18th will be allocated by an advanced drawing.

  • Maximum of 4 people, including the youth, allowed per site.
  • Applications for Youth drawing must be received by October 8th. 
  • Drawing will be on October 9th.
  • Individuals may submit only one application for the Youth Waterfowl Hunt.
  • Registering by phone is not permitted.
  • Although consideration will be given to your preferences, we don’t guarantee you will get your preferred site.
  • Failure to include all information may disqualify you from the drawing. 
  • To register for the Youth Hunt Advanced Drawing, email or mail the following:
    • -Name        -Address    -Phone Number    -Email Address
    • -Names of those hunting with you    - Site # preference(s) see map
    • Emiquon Preserve Waiver Identification Card # if you have one: 
  • Email the above to  or mail to Illinois River Program Office 11304 N. Prairie Road, Lewistown, IL 61542.
  1. All hunters must have a “Waterfowl Hunting Liability Waiver for 2014” to access the hunting area (signed by a parent, guardian or adult designee of parent or guardian for hunters under 18 years of age).  Each hunter will be issued and must display a valid “Emiquon 2014 Hunter Permit” on the dash of the vehicle they use to access the hunting site. 
  2. Each person must record their harvest data on the “Emiquon 2014 Hunter Permit”.  After the hunt each person must drop off the completed permit in the box at the Eveland Village Site at Dickson Mounds Museum. 
  3. Hunting will be allowed only in areas designated by Conservancy staff. Hunters must stay within their pre-assigned hunting areas and within 50 yards of their stake, as identified at the Drawing; and must remain a minimum of 200 yards from any other group.  Parking is allowed only at designated areas on the Preserve. Participants may drive only on established/marked roadways. No parking is allowed along the west side of Clark Road. Maps of hunting and parking areas are available on our website: 
  4. Currently the Conservancy does not charge a fee for public waterfowl hunting at this Preserve.  Becoming a member of the Conservancy is encouraged.
  5. Any hunter under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  The responsible adult assumes liability for all actions of the minor and must accompany said minor at all times while on the Preserve.
  6. This Preserve has drainage ditches that may be hidden from view under the water. Always keep in mind the location of ditches. Observe extreme caution when wading in any waters. 
  7. Only artificial blind materials such as lay outs or camouflage netting are allowed.  No person may bring natural blind materials onto the Preserve.  There shall be no cutting, breaking or clearing of vegetation.
  8. The use of Other Power Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMDs) (utility vehicles, ATVs, Segways, golf carts, etc.) on this property has been assessed in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.  OPDMDs are prohibited.
  9. Hunters must observe all State and Federal waterfowl regulations. Conservancy staff or designees may be present and violations will be reported to the Conservation Police.
  10. The following are prohibited: Gas-powered motors (not even on the boat); unnecessary shooting or shooting at targets; possession of alcohol; dumping of ashes; trash; garbage; chemical waste or other materials; camping; fishing; and open fires. 
  11. Collecting and/or removing the following are prohibited:  rocks plants; fossils; plant materials; animals (other than legally taken waterfowl); and artifacts.
  12. Violations of laws or failing to abide by written rules or instructions from Conservancy staff or designees constitutes trespassing and may cause hunting privileges to be revoked. 
  13. These rules and regulations are subject to change without notice.
  14. Only registered watercraft are allowed on the lake.
  15. Respect the privilege of hunting on this private property and the rights and safety of fellow hunters. Remove all spent shotgun casings and litter from your hunting site.
  16. All gear must be removed from the Preserve each day. 
  17. Hunting ends promptly at 12:00 noon and hunters must vacate the Preserve by 1:00 PM.
  • It is approximately 6 miles to the nearest hospital—Mason District Hospital in Havana (309.543.4431 or dial 911).
  • To contact Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police call the Fulton County Sheriff at 309.547.2277.
  • For additional information, contact the Illinois River Program Office at Emiquon 309.547.2730 during office hours (Monday through Thursday).