Hunting

All trails are closed during hunting season.  However the boat launch remains open year round.

If you have any questions stop by the cabin by the main parking lot we are open daily from 4 a.m. until one hour after sunset.

Marsh Minute

Each week during hunting season the park manager updates the status of the park. To comment on these posts please email Lake County. If you have any questions about park programs please call 219-552-0033. Chris Orange, GKM property manager. View Marsh Minute postings when they begin after hunting season opens.

If you have questions about the hunting program please call 219-552-0033.

2018-2019 grand kankakee marsh hunting seasons

For a printable version click here. 

2018-2019 Waterfowl Season

Draw Time: 4:30

Time: Varies depending on blind

Cost: $10.00 per person, seniors and youths $5.00

Season

Dates

Youth

Oct. 13 and 14, 2018

Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers

Oct.20- Dec. 9, 2018 and  Dec. 22- Dec. 30, 2018

Goose

Oct. 20- Nov. 25, 2018 and Dec. 15- Feb 10, 2019


Whitetail Deer

Draw time: 5:00 am

Time: LST-LST

Cost: $20.00 per license

Season

Dates

Youth

Sept 29 and 30, 2018

Archery

Oct. 1, 2018-Jan 6, 2019

Muzzleloader

Dec 8-23, 2018

Firearms

Nov.17-Dec 2, 2018


Violation of any GKM hunting regulation may result in the loss of hunting privileges at GKM for the season.  Beyond the GKM regulations understand and comply with those set by the Indiana DNR and the USFWS

     2018-2019 Deer Regulations

  • Hunters are required to sign a liability release form prior to hunting
  1. Hunters must check in and leave their deer-hunting license at the check in station before hunting
  2. A $20.00 permit fee is required.  Fee is good until season closes or deer is harvested. 
  3. Hunters are allowed to harvest a total of 4 deer off the property each year.  With only one antlered animal allowed to be harvested.
  4. Tree stands must be legibly marked with the owner’s name, address, and telephone number.
  5. Hunters are limited to one stand per individual per area.
  6. All tree stands must be removed from park property no later than March 1.
  7. Hunters shall contact park personnel when a wounded deer goes off the property or enters a closed area.
  8. Check-in time will be at 5:00 am each day of the posted season.  Site choice will be on a first come first serve basis unless more hunters are present at 5:00 am than there are available spots, in which case a draw will take place.
  9. Hunters shall check in all deer harvested on the property at the check station and report to park personnel any deer that are wounded but not harvested.
  10. Shooting times for all deer seasons will be ½ hour before sunrise till ½ hour after sunset.
  11. No rifles or handguns are allowed.

Season

Equipment Allowed

Harvest Allowed

Dates

Youth

MZL,Shotgun,Bow,Crossbow

1 Antlered or Antlerless

Sept. 29 and 30, 2018

Archery

Bow or Crossbow

1 Antlered and 1 Anterless or 2 Anterless

Oct. 1, 2018- Jan. 6, 2019

Firearms

Shotgun or Muzzleloader

1 Antlered

Nov.17-Dec 2, 2018

Muzzleloader

Muzzleloader

1 Antlered or Antlerless

Dec. 8-23, 2018


  1. Hunters allowed per area

Area

Archery

Muzzleloader

Firearm

Total

Area I

6

5

Closed

5 AR /5 ML

Area II

10

5

5

5 AR/5 FA

Area III

10

5

5

5 AR/ 5 FA or ML

Gooselake

6

5

5

5 AR/ 5 FA or ML


AR= Archery                        ML=Muzzleloader                FM=Firearm 

Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park

Waterfowl Hunting Regulations 

  •  Draw for blinds will be at 4:30 am at the check in cabin each day of the posted season.
  • You must have a party of 3 or 4 licensed hunters to draw.
  • The fee is $10.00, $5.00 seniors (65+), and $5.00 youths per person per day.
  • Shooting time varies depending on the blind number.  Please know the shooting time for your blind.
  • Hunters are required to sign a liability waiver before hunting.
  • Hunters will leave their hunting license at the check in cabin.
  • Non-toxic shot is required.
  • 25 shell limit.
  • Up to 4 people are allowed in each blind.
  • Areas designated as “refuge” are non-violate.  Trespassing by either hunters or dogs is strictly not allowed.
  • Hunters must check in all game harvested.
  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted in any hunting areas or the check in cabin.
  • Violation of any GKM hunting regulations may result in the loss of hunting privileges at GKM for the season.  Beyond the GKM regulations understand and comply with all regulations set by the IDNR and USFWS.

Hunting Dates

 

 

Youth Hunt

 

Oct. 13 and Oct. 14 2018

Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers

 

Oct. 20, 2018- Dec. 9, 2018

 

 

Dec. 22, 2018- Dec 30, 2018

 

Canada Goose

Oct. 20, 2018- Nov. 25, 2018

 

 

Dec. 15, 2018- Feb. 10, 2019


All seasons are subject to change due to water and ice conditions for the 2018-2018 waterfowl seasons.  You can check for updates on www.lakecountyparks.com , Lake County Facebook page, or call the park at 219 552 0033.

2019 Late Goose Season Hunting Information

  • 6:30 pm draws beginning on January 2, 2019.  Parties of 2-4 may draw
  • Hunters will be able to choose from 5 zones in which to hunt.  Hunters will be allowed to hunt anywhere they choose within the zone with specific restricted areas.
  • A weekly fee of $25.00 will be charged after the draw.  This fee will allow hunters use of the zone during legal shooting times from the Thursday after the draw until the following Tuesday.
  • If no hunters are present for the draw hunting will be closed until the following Wednesday.
  • All hunters must sign the liability waiver sheet before entering the property.  This sheet only needs to be signed once for the entire season.
  • All Hunters must write the time they enter and exit the property on the sign in sheet located on the cabin.
  • Shooting times are legal shooting time until legal shooting time in all zones.
  • At least one hunter in the party must have been present at the draw whenever a party is in the field.
  • Maximum number of hunters allowed in each zone is 4.  All hunters must hunt as a single party.
  • Restricted areas include:  Gooselake refuge, Hogmarsh refuge, and area east and north of blind 12.
  • Only one boat will be left per zone.  Hunters will be expected to return boat to original position after their last hunt.
  • All hunters must turn in a Goose Hunting information sheet after their last hunt.  All information will remain confidential until the end of the season
    • ZONE
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • BLINDS INCLUDE
    • 1-8
    • 10 AND 15
    • 11-14
    • 17-19
    • 16,20,21
    • RESTRICTIONS



    • NO FURTHER EAST OR NORTH THAN 12 PIT



    Violation of any GKM hunting regulation may result in the loss of hunting privileges at GKM for the season.  Beyond the GKM regulations understand and comply with those set by the Indiana DNR and the USFWS