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Butterfield Trail State Recreation Area

2015-2016 Season

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LOCATION: Butterfield Trail SRA is located 2 miles west and 1.5 miles south of Crescent City, in central Iroquois county. See Map. This is a satellite of the Iroquois County Conservation Area near Beaverville.

DESCRIPTION: TOTAL ACRES: 142   HUNTABLE ACRES: 120OPEN DITCH: 3.0      TIMBERED ACRES: 120     WATER ACRES: 3

Butterfield Trail SRA is characterized by major habitat areas consisting of 100% forest and shrub land. Spring creek flows through the tract. *New this year, hunters will be required to obtain a Windshield Permit for the following programs - Squirrel, Deer Archery, Fall Turkey Archery. These permits are available on-line at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/windshieldcard. You must go back on-line to report your effort and harvest by February 15th, even if you did not hunt. Failure to do so will result in loss of hunting privileges the next year.


SEASONS, HOURS, LIMITS

SPECIES SEASON HOURS SPECIAL RULES/PERMIT
Squirrel See Below Statewide Statewide Regulations - Windshield Permit
Deer (Bow) Statewide Statewide Statewide Regulations - Windshield Permit

Deer Firearm               

Statewide

Statewide

Site Specific Permit - Springfield Lottery

Deer Muzzleloader      2nd Season Only Statewide Site Specific Permit - Springfield Lottery
Furbearer Trapping See Below  Statewide Site Permit Required - Go to site
Turkey (Spring) See Below Statewide Site Specific Permit - Springfield Lottery
Turkey (Spring) Youth See Below Statewide Site Specific Permit - Springfield Lottery
Turkey (Fall Archery) See Below Statewide Statewide Regulations - Windshield Permit

 

SITE REGULATIONS:

  1. Squirrel hunting is form August 1 to September 30. Reopens after archery deer season closes, to end of statewide season. Statewide bag limits apply. Black powder muzzleloaders and shotguns may be used for squirrel hunting. The Red Squirrel, a protected species is found on the area. DO NOT SHOOT this small tree squirrel!
  2. Deer (Bow) hunting. Statewide bag limits apply. No permanent tree stands are allowed. Hunters are required to remove portable tree stands daily. No spikes, nails or screws may be placed in trees.
  3. Deer (Firearm) hunting. Statewide bag limits apply. No permanent tree stands allowed, stands must not pierce the bark of trees. A site specific permit must be obtained during the spring lottery. Sign in and sign out and phone in your harvest.
  4. Deer (Muzzleloader). Second half of the Muzzleloader season only. Statewide bag limits apply. No permanent tree stands allowed, stands must not pierce the bark of trees. A site specific permit must be obtained during the spring lottery. Sign in and sign out and phone in your harvest.
  5. Furbearer trapping is by permit. Dog proof traps are required.
  6. Turkey (Spring) Site specific permit. Sign in and sign out, phone in your harvest.
  7. Turkey (Fall Archery) phone in harvest, statewide regulations apply.
  8. Turkey (Spring) (Youth) Site Specific permit. Sign in and sign out, phone in your harvest. 

*** IN ALL CASES, ask site personnel about current regulations, special rules and site conditions.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Site Office at (815) 435-2218. For general information about hunting regulations and applications please click here.


Equal opportunity to participate in programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and those funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies is available to all individuals regardless of race, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, or other non-merit factors. If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the funding source’s civil rights office and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, IDNR, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702; (217)785-0067; TTY (217)782-9175.