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Fox Ridge Hunter Fact Sheet

2014 - 2015 Season 

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NAME: FOX RIDGE STATE PARK

LOCATION: Eight miles southeast of Charleston, 12 miles north of Greenup on Illinois Route 130.

DESCRIPTION OF THE AREA:

TOTAL ACRES: 2078 HUNTABLE ACRES: 1082
OPEN ACRES: 252 TIMBERED ACRES: 950

The area lies along the Embarras River, and is characterized by wooded ravines, conifer plantations, and native and restored prairie openings. The woodlands at Fox Ridge are the largest contiguous block of mature hardwoods in the Embarras basin.

SPECIES

SEASON

HOURS

SPECIAL RULES/PERMITS

Dove-Site (not including Dove Management Fields)

Statewide

Noon to 5 PM Sept. 1 - 5
Noon to Sunset after Sept. 5

Site Permit Required

Dove Management Fields

September 1 - 5

Noon to 5 PM
Noon to Sunset after Sept. 5 (see note below)

Drawing/Site Permit

Rail

Statewide

Statewide Open - 4 PM Close

Site Permit Required

Woodcock

Statewide

Statewide Open - 4 PM Close

Site Permit Required

Quail

Statewide

Statewide Open - 4 PM Close

Site Permit Required

Pheasant

Statewide

Statewide Open - 4 PM Close

Site Permit Required

Wild Turkey

Spring Season Only

Statewide

Site/Special Permit

Rabbit

Statewide

Statewide Open - 4 PM Close

Site Permit Required

Squirrel

Statewide

Statewide

Site Permit Required

Waterfowl

Statewide

Statewide

Site Permit Required

Deer (firearm)

Statewide

Statewide

Site/Special Permit

Deer (bow)

Statewide

Statewide

Site Permit Required

Raccoon

Statewide

Statewide

Site Permit Required

Opossum

Statewide

Statewide

Site Permit Required

Coyote

Fox Season Only

Statewide

Site Permit Required

Fox

Statewide

Statewide

Site Permit Required

Skunk

Fox Season Only

Statewide

Site Permit Required

  

SITE REGULATIONS:

  1. Free site Hunting Permits (windshield cards) are required for species as noted. These are available online at www.dnr.illinois.gov. Navigate to "hunting/trapping: and then "public hunting areas" to print these permits. Hunters will be required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information. Failure to submit data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.
  2. Hunting restricted to designated wildlife management areas, including the Sherwood Tract on the south side of the park.
  3. Dove hunters must use only size 7 ½ or smaller bismuth or lead shot, or size 6 or smaller steel shot. Dove hunters not hunting in dove management fields must hunt at least 100 yards from the edge of dove management fields. After Sept. 5, Dove Management Fields will be open from noon to sunset.
  4. No trapping is allowed on this site.
  5. No permanent stands or stands/steps which pierce the bark of trees are allowed. Check with site for special regulations regarding temporary stands.
  6. Squirrels may be taken with .22 caliber rimfire rifle, shotgun, or muzzleloader. NO PISTOLS, AIR RIFLES, BB GUNS, OR PELLET GUNS ARE ALLOWED ON THE SITE.
  7. Waterfowl hunting is limited to the Embarras River and its floodwaters in the wildlife management area. Permanent blinds and/or pits are prohibited.
  8. Non-toxic shot must be used for all waterfowl hunting.
  9. The area is closed to all hunting activity other than deer hunting during the firearm deer season.
  10. Hunters engaged in quail, rabbit, pheasant, or Hungarian partridge hunting must wear a cap and upper outer garment of blaze orange of at least 400 square inches.
  11. Shotgun, muzzleloader and handgun are allowed during the firearm deer season. All state regulations apply. Consult the Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations for caliber and usage restrictions.
  12. This area is subject to prescribed burns in the fall. Burns will be announced prior to ignition by 3 horn blasts.

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

OTHER SITE FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS: Picnicking, camping, hiking, fishing (fishing at Ridge Lake is by reservation only with the Illinois Natural History Survey), fitness trail.

No camping in the wildlife management area. NOTE: See special fact sheet for the Paul C. Burrus Habitat Area.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT, Site Superintendent at 217-345-6416. 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.