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Green River - Deer and Fall Turkey Hunter Fact Sheet

2013-2014 Season 


Location: 13 Miles south of Dixon on Rt. 26 - 3 miles west of Rt. 26 on Maytown Road.
Description: Total area - 2,565 acres. Huntable Acres - 2,515. The area is one of gently rolling topography. Much of the area consists of slough, pines, cultivated fields, grasslands, and wetlands.

Visitors should be cautious of trees on site where mechanical treatments or naturally decaying processes have left them weak enough to fall.

Species Season  Hours Limits Special Area Regulations
(See Below)
Archery Deer & Turkey Statewide Statewide Statewide See #1, 3, 8
Youth Firearm Deer Statewide Statewide Statewide See #1, 4, 7, 8
Firearm Deer Statewide Statewide Statewide See #1, 2, 4, 5, 8
Late Winter Firearm Deer Statewide Statewide Statewide See #1, 4, 6, 8

All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations, and Administrative Rules will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.

Special Area Regulations:

  1. All hunters are required to sign in prior to hunting and to check out and report harvest immediately after the conclusion of the hunt. Sign in / check out box is located at the hunter check station. Deer must also be checked-in/reported by phone as outlined in the statewide rules & regulations for reporting deer harvested. Be sure to report it as taken on a special hunt area (Green River SWA) and not as harvested in Lee County.
  2. Hunting allowed by site specific permits issued by the Springfield Permit Office. Permit holders must check in by 5:00 AM or their permit is invalid for that day. Vacancies after 5:00 AM will be filled by a drawing for stand-by permits. Stand-by permits are valid for that day only, are site specific for Green River; and are $5.00 each. No other deer permits are required. Non-resident stand-by deer hunters are required to have a non-resident hunting license and a habitat stamp.
  3. Closed during firearm deer season. Closed during the statewide youth deer season. Open during the statewide muzzleloader deer season. During muzzleloader season hunters are required to wear the same blaze orange clothing as that required for muzzleloader deer hunters.
  4. All hunters are required to wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 sq. inches.
  5. Hunters must remain in assigned area for at least the first hour of hunting.
  6. Hunting allowed by site specific permit issued by the Springfield Permit Office if Lee County is announced as being open for the Late Winter season. Antlerless only. Standby hunting not available.
  7. Must have a valid Lee County Youth Deer Permit issued by the IDNR permit office; youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting parent, guardian, or resposible adult who has in his or her possession a valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card (FOID); both participants must wear the required blaze orange garments.
  8. Further restrictions may exist. See regulations posted at the site before hunting.

It Shall Be Unlawful:

  1. To construct a tree stand, or use any screw-in steps, spikes, cleats, ladder, climbing aids, etc. using nails, screws, wire, or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of any tree. Tree stands must be portable and may be left unattended from Sept. 15th through Jan. 31st. Stands left must be marked with the hunter’s name, address, and phone number. Only one stand per person is allowed.
  2. To hunt in any area not designated as being open to hunting or to hunt off IDNR property.
  3. To park anywhere on the site except in the designated parking lots or for unauthorized vehicles to enter upon any trail.
  4. To hunt with anything other than a shotgun or bow and arrow.
  5. For any person to consume any alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs or to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on the area for the purpose of hunting.
  6. To possess weapons in the field except during hunting hours.
  7. To engage in "driving" deer for the purpose of hunting on any IDNR site.

Other Activities / Facilities Available: Hiking, equestrian trails, camping, pavilion w/ electricity and grill.
For further information contact: Green River SWA; 375 Game Rd.; Harmon, IL 61042 Phone: 815/379-2324

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.