Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
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    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”