Did you know that Marshall, Illinois is the home to some of the world’s largest whitetail deer? With deer hunting season fast approaching, now is the time to plan your hunting trip. If you prefer fishing to hunting, Marshall is the place to be for that sport as well.
Where am I allowed I hunt in and around Marshall, Illinois?
For starters, in Illinois, you are allowed to hunt on privately owned land, whether that is your own land or someone you know who allows you to hunt there. If you want to hunt on privately owned land other than your own, you will need to get formal permission from the owner of the land you plan to hunt on prior to your hunting trip. The owner will need to fill out what is called a Land Access Permission Card. You will be required to have that document with you when hunting on that person’s land.
Illinois offers several areas where the public can hunt.
Here in Marshall, two of our parks, Lincoln Trail State Park and Mill Creek Park, offer both hunting and fishing and are wonderful choices for both activities. You can camp and make a weekend of it or spend the day in either of them.
There are also several public hunting areas in Illinois. You can get a list of places to hunt around Marshall and all over the state by visiting the website for the Department of Natural Resources at https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/Pages/default.aspx.
Their website lists a lot of information about both hunting and fishing in Illinois, including information about state parks, boating, camping, and many other resources you might need if you plan to visit Marshall for hunting, fishing, or other fall outdoor activities. Fall is a beautiful time in our great state. Fall weather and the changing leaves make outdoor sports a real pleasure, and there is something for everyone in the great outdoors around Marshall.
Before you plan your hunting trip, research which areas require site-specific permits. Illinois has a series of additional requirements besides getting your valid hunting license. Some licenses and stamps must be obtained, and hunters will need a safety education certificate as well. For certain game hunting, including deer, there are specific permits or stamps based on the type of animal you plan to hunt. You will also need to acquire a Firearm Owner Identification Card from the Illinois State Police if you plan, like many hunters, to use firearms when hunting deer or other prey. So, be sure to learn all the requirements, rules, and regulations before heading out to hunt.
When can I hunt deer in Illinois?
– First Firearm Deer Season: November 20, 21 & 22, 2020
– Second Firearm Deer Season: December 3, 4, 5 & 6, 2020 (Hunters may also use a muzzleloader permit with a muzzleloading rifle during 2nd Firearm Season)
– Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season: December 11, 12 & 13, 2020
What are the requirements to fish in Illinois?
First off, if you plan to go fishing, if you live in Illinois or are planning to visit and fish in our lakes, streams, and rivers, you will need to obtain a valid fishing license. You don’t have to be a resident. There are several types of licenses and permits that you can get. Illinois offers daily sport fishing licenses for both residents and non-residents. If you do live here in Illinois and love to fish, you will probably want to get a lifetime license. You can get a combination of sportsmen’s licenses for both hunting and fishing. You can purchase licenses from any authorized vendor.
What are the best places to fish in Marshall?
Marshall offers two great choices for fishing.
Lincoln Trail State Park:
The park offers 1023 acres with a large lake for great fishing as well as other outdoor activities, camping, boating, hiking, and recreation. It’s located just west of Illinois Route 1, two miles south of Marshall in Clark County.
Mill Creek Lake and Park
20482 N. Park Entrance Rd.
Marshall, IL 62441
The park offers many types of fish stocked in the lake at Mill Creek from largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, and channel catfish. Before you fish at Mill Creek, check with their office for their regulations on size and creel limits on some species of fish. Nightcrawlers and wax worms are available for purchase at the gatehouse in the park should you need them.
Check their website for fishing tournament schedules as well if you care to compete. http://www.clarkcountyparkdistrict.com/
Visit us in Marshall and enjoy our great sporting activities and all our town and state have to offer.