Frequently Asked Questions

Membership Questions

Q: Do my kids need hunting licenses?

A: Yes, even children are required to have hunting licenses in the state of Illinois. Under the Apprentice license program a person of any age can purchase a hunting license even if they have not graduated their Hunter Education class.


Q: How many birds can be harvested?

A: Since we are a licensed hunting preserve, you may harvest as many birds as you like (pheasants, chukar, or quail)


Q: Can hen pheasants be harvested?

A: Yes, hen pheasants can be harvested on the club grounds.  All birds that are taken off the Coon Creek Hunt Club grounds, must be properly tagged.


Q: Do I need a hunting license?

A: Yes, both resident and non-residents need to have a valid hunting license. However, per page 8 of the Hunt Trap Digest – Habitat stamps are not required to hunt migratory waterfowl, coots and hand-reared toe clipped mallards and hand-reared game birds on licensed game breeding and hunting preserve areas.

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Q: Can I bring my own dog to your club?

A: Yes, all members can use their own dogs for hunting.


Q: Do you offer any type of introductory hunts?

A: Yes our club does offer introductory hunts please call the main number for scheduling.


Q: Do your guides run flushers or pointers?

A: We have guides that run both, please let us know what kind you prefer prior to booking a guided hunt.


Q: What size shot do you recommend for upland bird hunting?

A: We suggest using shot sizes 6,7 and 7 1/2.  Lead shot is prohibited, only steel shot or other environmentally safe shot is allowed.


Q: What are your season dates?

A: Our upland hunting runs from October 1st – March 31st depending on weather and bird availability.


Q: What type of habitat will you be hunting?

A: Our property is generally flat and made up of native prairie grasses and sorghum fields.


Q: Do you sell ammunition at the club?

A: Yes, our club does sell ammunition. We only sell no-tox shotshells. A valid FOID Card is needed when purchasing ammo.


Q: Do you have member bird cleaning facilities available?

A: No, our club does not have a spot where members can clean birds. We do however clean birds when asked for a minimal fee.


Clubhouse Use

Q: Can the clubhouse be used for private parties?

A: Yes, our clubhouse can be rented to host parties, special occasions and business meetings. Please call us ahead of time for scheduling. Catering is no problem.


Misc. Questions


Q: Will the box the gun came in (shipping box) work as a case?

A: A firearm shipping box meets the requirements of the law, so long as it is fastened shut. (Tied or taped, for example.)


Q: What is a case?

A: Illinois defines a case as a container specifically designed for the purpose of housing a gun which completely encloses the firearm, with no portion of the gun being exposed, and is zipped, snapped, buckled, tied or otherwise fastened.


Q: How do I transport my gun in Illinois?

A: In a privately owned vehicle the weapon(s) must be unloaded, in a case and not immediately accessible. We recommend weapons be unloaded and in the case, then locked in the trunk of a car or a locked container in a motor home, camper, etc… Please note that some communities have local ordinances concerning possession and transportation of firearms that are more restrictive than state laws