Frequently Asked 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.
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.
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.
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