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French Bluff Natural Area Hunter Fact Sheet

2013-2014 Season 

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Location: Carroll County, 1.5 miles east of Thomson. 

Description :
Total Acres: 344, predominately timber. Huntable Acres 342.

The area is Mississippi River Bluff topography characterized by steep hillsides, ridge tops and terrace benches. The area is almost entirely forested with Black Walnut, Black Oak. Red Oak, White Oak, Hackberry, Black Cherry and Mixed Elm the dominate tree species. There are several cedar thickets on the west and south sides of the site. The site is bordered on all four sides by private lands with mixed grain farming, and privately managed woodlands the dominate land uses. Johnson Creek drains close to but does not bisect the site

Available Game Species :

Species

Seasons

Hunting Hours

Bag Limits

Special Regulations

Turkey (Spring)

Segments 1 - 5

Statewide

Statewide

Quota of 8 hunters per season.

Turkey (Fall Archery) Statewide Statewide Statewide Closed during all firearm deer seasons

Squirrel

08/01 - 09/30

Statewide

Statewide

Closed at the start of archery deer/turkey seasons

Deer (Muzzeloader)

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

Quota of 8 hunters

Deer (Bow)

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

Closed during all firearm deer season.

Deer (Firearm)

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

Quota of 8 hunters per season.

General Area Regulations:

1. Think safety first! You should be aware that hikers and other non-hunters may be in the area.

2. Hunting is restricted to those portions of the area posted as open to hunting, which excludes the Hunter Parking Area.

3. Hunters must park in designated parking lots. Do not block access to fields or gates.

4. All hunters must register daily with name and date prior to hunting and record harvest upon completion of hunt. Record 0 if nothing was harvested.

5. It shall be unlawful to construct or to use any tree stand that utilizes nails, screws, or wire or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. All tree stands must be portable and be removed by December 31.

6. It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or to consume beer, wine, or intoxicating liquors while hunting on the area.

7. You may not enter a restricted area or trespass on private land for any reason without first notifying the park staff or the appropriate landowner.

8. You may not possess an uncased bow or loaded /uncased firearm outside of the designated hunting zones.

9. No ground fires allowed.

10. All statewide regulations are in effect.


Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations:

1. All spring turkey hunters must obtain a site specific permit, which will be issued through the Permit Office in Springfield. Permits valid for Carroll Co. will not be valid at French Bluff Natural Area. Successful hunters must check in their turkey using the phone-in system listed on their permit.

2. Successful permit holders must obtain a windshield permit at www.dnr.illinois.gov. Windshield permit must be displayed on the windshield of your vehicle any time you are hunting.

3. No standby hunting is available.


Firearm and Muzzeloader Deer Hunting Regulations:

1. All firearm deer hunters must obtain a site specific permit, which will be issued through the Permit Office in Springfield. Permits valid for Carroll Co. will not be valid at French Bluff Natural Area.

2. Successful permit holders must obtain a windshield permit at www.dnr.illinois.gov. Windshield permit must be displayed on the windshield of your vehicle any time you are hunting.

3.Successful permit holders will be asked to attend a general site regulation and safety orientation meeting @ 1:00 p.m. on the Saturday that falls two weeks before the firearm season opens.

4. A French Bluff Muzzeloading permit is not valid for the second segment of the regular firearm deer season.

Squirrel Hunting Regulations

1. Shotguns #3 or smaller for steel shot, #5 or smaller for lead, tungsten or bismuth shot. 22 rimfire rifles, muzzeloading black powder rifles and archery tackle using flu-flu arrows are permitted for taking squirrels.


Archery Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations:

1. Archers are required to obtain a free site windshield permit prior to hunting at www.dnr.illinois.gov

2. Site permit must be displayed on dashboard of vehicle whenever the hunter is in the field.

3. Hunters must return to the website at www.dnr.illinois.gov prior to February 15th and provide requested information upon the end of the hunting season.


For further information contact: Mississippi Palisades State Park, 16237A IL Rte 84, Savanna, IL 61074;

Telephone: (815)273-2731. 


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.