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.
Please see the below application* for information regarding dove hunting at Lake Shelbyville.
Looking for an accessible & stress free place to hunt waterfowl? Okaw Bluff Wetland might be just the place for you!
MAP OF OKAW BLUFF WETLAND
2021-2022 WATERFOWL HUNTING PROCEDURES ANNOUNCED FOR THE OKAW WETLANDS
Due to high water this summer, all hunting in Okaw Wetlands and Whitley Potholes will be in accordance with statewide regulations. There will not be pit blinds or skid blinds available this year. The handicap blind in the Okaw Wetland will still be reservable this season, and is located in the same location as years past. Hunters not hunting in the handicap blind will have to follow the state minimum distance regulation of 200 yards between groups.
For questions or to reserve the handicap blind contact Park Ranger Grant Woods at (217) 774-3951 Ext. 7034 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.