Sunflower patches, wheat fields, dummy power lines, dead tree perches and mojo decoys make dove hunting at Gardner Camp a memorable experience for youth. We intentionally keep our group sizes small so that our instructors can provide a high quality hunt for youth alongside their mentor.  Our blinds are positioned in our dove fields for maximum flyover to allow for greater success. Typical youth dove hunts include a safety briefing, side-by-side transportation to the blind, an afternoon hunt, dog retrieval, bird cleaning and snacks in Gardner Hall.


Beginning in 2020, youth may apply to enter a lottery drawing to hunt at Gardner Camp.  Youth must meet the following qualifications to apply:

  • Must be 12 years of age at time of hunt
  • Must have completed Illinois Hunter Safety Education Course (or other state equivalent)
  • Must have an adult (21+) mentor to accompany youth on the hunt
  • If 18 years of age, must still be in high school
  • Must be from Adams, Pike counties of IL or surrounding counties

Applications are continuously accepted. Deadline to apply for the current year hunting season: July 15th.  Lottery Drawing Date: August 1st

Youth are responsible for their own licenses and tags.  Gardner Camp hunts are fully guided and we furnish field blinds and chairs, decoy set-up, transportation to/from blind, bird cleaning facility and instruction and hunting gear, upon request.

Questions? Contact Jen Tyler, Director of Gardner Camp at 217/432-1999 or email:

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