Youth Deer Hunt
What is the Lake Shelbyville youth deer hunt?
The youth deer hunt is held annually at Lake Shelbyville during Illinois youth deer season. Youth hunters interested should keep an eye out for applications in the month of August and September. To apply for the hunt, youth must be less than 16 years old during the time of the hunt. Youth must also be accompanied by an adult on the hunt, and be a resident of Illinois. A youth either sex deer permit valid for the year of the hunt is also required. Generally, these are available for purchase in the month of September. Deer camp is held at the Okaw Bluff Group Camp where the young hunters and adults are welcome to stay for the duration of the hunt. Interested participants are encouraged to call our project office at (217) 774-3951 X4.
Due to wet conditions, Lake Shelbyville will not be hosting an opening day hunt.
However, South Sand Creek Dove Field was planted in mid-June and the flowers were mowed on 10-4-19. All hunting will be first come, first served. The flowers were mowed as if the stakes were there but NO stakes were placed.
SAND CREEK DOVE FIELD MAP
Looking for an accessible & stress free place to hunt waterfowl? Okaw Bluff Wetland might be just the place for you!
Due to flooded conditions, Okaw Wetland was not planted. There will be no reservations or fees for the 2019-2020 Waterfowl Season. All blinds are available on a first come, first served basis.
MAP OF OKAW WETLAND BLINDS & PARKING
Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities
Lake Shelbyville proudly hosts an annual deer hunt for sportsmen with disabilities. The hunt headquarters are out of Okaw Bluff Group Camp where hunters are treated to feasts & lodging for the duration of 1st deer season.
Hunters have exclusive access to recreation areas around Lake Shelbyville where hunting is not permitted on any other occasion throughout the year. This event is put on FREE of charge, but limited spots are available. Applications for the annual deer hunt are available for download in March of each year with an application deadline of March 31.