Rules and Regulations


We work with hunters to provide quality hunting opportunities.

Refuge lands are generally accessible year round from sunrise to sunset. Acceptable outdoor uses include: hunting, nature photography, wildlife observation and interpretation. Non-toxic ammunition is required for turkey hunting.  

The following highlighted rules and regulations are enforced at Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area:

  • The refuge is open to public use during daylight hours only
  • To prevent trespass onto our neighboring property, please use these boundary signs to help you stay on refuge lands
  • Firearms are permitted in accordance with Federal and State laws
  • Please keep your pets on leash 
  • Drones are prohibited
  • No fires, camping, or overnight parking is allowed 
  • Off-road vehicles and fireworks are prohibited
  • Do not feed the wildlife - for their safety and yours


Ethical hunting is an important part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service history and conservation legacy. Refuge hunting hours follow those set by the Illinois State hunting regulations, unless otherwise noted. All hunters must be licensed and abide by all applicable federal and state regulations, rules and regulations specific to the refuge. Hunting weapons are prohibited in areas closed to hunting. Shotgun hunters must possess and use only non-toxic shot while hunting turkey on the refuge. No target or indiscriminate shooting is permitted. 

Permanent stands are not permitted. Portable stands or temporary blinds are permitted, but must be removed at the end of each day. Nails, wire, bolts or screw-in steps may not be used to attach a stand or to support a hunter or equipment. The use or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting is prohibited. Cutting, mowing, sawing, digging, collecting, injuring, or removing vegetation is prohibited. Collecting or removal of antler sheds is prohibited.

Learn what our counterparts at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge are doing to provide ethical deer hunting opportunities: Ethical hunting in Minnesota