The Friends of the Cache River Watershed endorses hunting, based on current scientific data,  population estimates, and current laws, as legitimate recreation and an effective management tool for our wildlife resources.

Hunting and Fishing opportunities abound in the Cache River Watershed at locations on both public zand private land. The area includes a variety of habitats from floodplain and upland forests, to deepwater swamps and shallow wetlands, to agricultural and early successional fields. Games species include waterfowl, turkey, squirrels and rabbits. The Cache River and associated wetlands and blackwater sloughs also offer opportunities to catch crappie, bass, bluegill and other fish throughout the year. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate persons with disabilities by contacting the refuge.

All hunters and anglers must possess the proper permits and licenses required by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and follow all the rules and regulations set forth by the state each year for hunters and anglers.


DNR Direct Online License Sales – Hunting and/or Fishing Licenses / Stamps (resident & non-resident). Phone sales available at 1-888-6-PERMIT. **We do not sell Federal Waterfowl Stamps online or by phone**

Important note: an annual permit is required and needs to be signed and on the person while hunting or fishing on the Cypress Creek NWR property. The permit is free and located on the Refuge Hunting and Fishing brochure; additional information and refuge specific regulations are also described in the brochure.


2011-2012 Digest of Hunting & Trapping Regulations

hunt trap digest 2011-2012 Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations

Season Dates


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Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations


USFWS Approved IDNR Waterfowl Zones and Dates

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