Hunting

East Side Midewin Hunting Map
West Side Midewin Hunting Map
Day Use Area Open 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
(36 CFR 261.581) 
Hunters have a valid Annual Midewin Hunting Pass
One Pass per Hunter
Hunters Display Pass in Vehicle
Hunters Carry Their Pass While Hunting
Hunters Sign in and Out at Trailheads

-Taking any game or nongame species other than deer and turkey at Midewin is prohibited. 
(36  CFR  261.58(v))
-No hunting is allowed on private inholdings within Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. 
(36 CFR 261.53(f))
-If a wounded deer crosses into a closed area of Midewin, the hunter must contact the Forest Service office at (815) 423-6370 between 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to obtain permission to track it. Outside those hours, call (815) 263-4060 to obtain permission. (36 CFR 261.53(f))
-Access to public lands at Midewin is by non-motorized means only - such as  hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, snow shoeing, or cross country skiing (36 CFR 261.54(a))
-Bicycles  and  horses  are restricted  to  designated  multiple  use  trails  and  must  stay on  the  trail.  (36  CFR 261.55(c))
-The Forest Service prohibits shooting in or within 150 yards of any building, developed recreation site, or occupied area; across roads, bodies of water, cemeteries or in any way prohibited by state law and/or federal laws is also prohibited. 
(36 CFR 261.lO(d))
-There is no cqmping at Midewin, including the parking lots. (36 CFR 261.58(e))
-Construction or use of permanent deer stands is not permitted at Midewin.  (36 CFR 261.lO(a))
-Hunters are not allowed to cut tree limbs, or utilize tree pegs. (36 CFR 261.9(a))
-Hunting stands may not be left in place overnight at Midewin. (36 CFR 261.lO(e))
-Building fires is prohibited (36 CFR 261.52(a))
-Fishing and trapping are prohibited
 (36 CFR 261.58(v))
-Entering or being in or on a body of water is prohibited. (36 CFR 261.58(k))
-Collecting National Forest Service products is prohibited.  (36 CFR 261.6(h)) .
-Disturbing or removing any prehistoric, historic, or archaeological resource, site, artifact, property, or structure is prohibited.  (36 CFR 261.9(h))
-Bringing in, or possessing an animal, other than a seeing eye dog, or upon a leash not longer than six feet or otherwise under physical restrictive control is prohibited.  (36 CFR 261.53(e))
-Please keep pasture gates closed. 
(36 CFR 261.7(c))
-Cutting of fences is prohibited. (36 CFR 261.9(a))
-Placing a vehicle or other object in such a manner that is an impediment or hazard to the safety or convenience of  any person.  (36 CFR 261.10(0)
-Hunters hunt within 50 yards of designated hunting site posts.
-ODD-numbered designated hunting sites to be used only on ODD-numbered calendar days.
-EVEN-numbered designated hunting sites to be used only on EVEN-numbered calendar days.
 -Zone 811 North:    Maximum 8 hunters
-Zone 811 South:   Maximum 5 hunters
-Zone 1:    Maximum  12 hunters
-Zone 2:  Maximum  10 hunters
-Zone 3:    Maximum  10 hunters
-Zone 4:  Maximum  12 hunters
-Zone 5:    Maximum  12 hunters 
-Zone 6:    Maximum   8 hunters
-Zone 7:    Maximum  12 hunters
-Zone 8:    Maximum   8 hunters
-Zone 9:    Maximum   5 hunters
-Zone 10:  Maximum   5 hunters

GPS Coordinates
Midewin Deer Hunting Sites
(Updated 09/11/2015)
NAD83


 

 

 

 

PARKING LOT P1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decimal Degrees

Site Number

Parking Lot

Latitude

Longitude

101

P1

N 41.36916

W 088.18552

102

P1

N 41.36974

W 088.18311

103

P1

N 41.36967

W 088.18165

104

P1

N41.36828

W088.1817

105

P1

N 41.36917

W 088.18041

106

P1

N 41.36974

W 088.1794

107

P1

N 41.36843

W 088.17894

111

P1

N41.36942

W088.17380

112

P1

N41.36256

W088.1814

116

P1

N41.35531

W088.1863

117

P1

N41.35525

W088.1854

118

P1

N 41.35522

W 088.18359

119

P1

N 41.35520

W 088.18255

120

P1

N41.35601

W088.1818

121

P1

N 41.35749

W 088.18198

122

P1

N 41.35643

W 088.18123

123

P1

N 41.35514

W 088.1812

124

P1

N 41.35535

W 088.18154

125

P1

N41.35457

W088.1822

126

P1

N41.36021

W088.1774

127

P1

N41.35904

W088.173

128

P1

N 41.35824

W 088.17322

129

P1

N41.35505

W088.1771

130

P1

N 41.35545

W 088.17490

131

P1

N 41.35576

W 088.17303

132

P1

N 41.35339

W 088.17384

137

P1

N 41.35033

W 088.17702

138

P1

N 41.34987

W 088.17789

139

P1

N 41.34921

W 088.17905

140

P1

N41.34837

W088.1802

141

P1

N41.34962

W088.1817

142

P1

N 41.35069

W 088.18174

143

P1

N 41.34919

W 088.18522

144

P1

N 41.34856

W 088.18423

145

P1

N 41.34770

W 088.18418

148

P1

N 41.34709

W 088.18384

149

P1

N 41.34735

W 088.18207

150

P1

N 41.34713

W 088.18064

151

P1

N41.34616

W088.1822

152

P1

N41.34484

W088.1831

153

P1

N41.34459

W088.1822

154

P1

N41.34294

W088.1821

 

 

 

 

Explosives Road Trailhead

 

 

 

 

224

ERT

N 41.36203

W 088.14252

235

ERT

N 41.35443

W 088.13776

236

ERT

N41.35625

W088.142

237

ERT

N 41.35579

W 088.14288

238

ERT

N41.3897

W088.1754

239

ERT

N41.3873

W088.1753

240

ERT

N41.1847

W088.1847

241

ERT

N41.3733

W088.1846

242

ERT

N41.3733

W088.1841

243

ERT

N41.3705

W088.1827

 

 

 

 

PARKING LOT P3

 

 

 

 

156

P3

N41.34214

W088.1807

161

P3

N41.3439

W088.1805

163

P3

N41.3455

W088.1808

166

P3

N41.3451

W088.1804

167

P3

N41.34086

W088.1767

168

P3

N 41.34049

W 088.1784

169

P3

N41.3463

W088.1806

170

P3

N 41.34084

W 088.17958

171

P3

N 41.34026

W 088.17943

172

P3

N 41.33981

W 088.17905

173

P3

N 41.33939

W 088.17735

174

P3

N41.347

W088.1811

180

P3

N 41.34752

W 088.17991

181

P3

N 41.34829

W 088.17940

182

P3

N 41.34756

W 088.17783

183

P3

N 41.34819

W 088.17830

184

P3

N 41.34892

W 088.17793

187

P3

N 41.34858

W 088.1771

188

P3

N 41.34946

W 088.177

193

P3

N 41.34404

W 088.16799

200

P3

N41.33998

W088.1563

201

P3

N41.33996

W088.1509

202

P3

N41.33942

W088.1492

209

P3

N41.34084

W088.144

210

P3

N41.34133

W088.1415

211

P3

N41.3422

W088.1394

212

P3

N41.33998

W088.143

213

P3

N41.34004

W088.1415

214

P3

N41.34042

W088.1398

215

P3

N41.33849

W88.143

216

P3

N41.33903

W088.1418

217

P3

N41.33954

W088.1404

218

P3

N41.33905

W088.1399

   
 
Tips on Using Midewin's GPS Coordinates:

If the GPS position supplied by Midewin seems wrong, you need to 
change one or more of the setting on your GPS unit.  There are two
settings that must be correct ofr the directions your GPS unit is giving
you will be off by as much as a few miles.  These setting are usually
found under the main menu of most GPS units.  Look for the "settings"
option then the "units" option.  The position format must be in the
"decimal degrees" format (sometimes represented by "hddd.ddddd").
The map datum must be set to "NAD83".  For more information on how
 to change these settings on your GPS unit, please consult your owner's 
manual.
Required GPS Settings:    Position format = decimal degrees
 Map datum = “NAD83”