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Hidden Springs Hunter Fact Sheet

2014-2015 Season 

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NAME: HIDDEN SPRINGS STATE FOREST

LOCATION: Ten miles southeast of Shelbyville, 4 miles W. of Strasburg

DESCRIPTION OF THE AREA: TOTAL ACRES: 1129, OPEN ACRES: 110, HUNTABLE ACRES: 963, TIMBERED ACRES: 819

The area lies along Richland Creek, and is characterized by wooded ravines, conifer and hardwood plantations, prairie openings, small ponds, and wildlife.

SPECIES

SEASON

HOURS

SPECIAL RULES/PERMITS

Dove

Statewide

Noon to 5 PM Sept. 1 - 5
Statewide Hours after Sept. 5

Site Permit Required

Rail, Snipe

Statewide

Statewide

Site Permit Required

Woodcock

Statewide

Statewide

Site Permit Required

Quail

Statewide

Statewide

Site Permit Required

Pheasant

Statewide

Statewide

Site Permit Required

Wild Turkey

Statewide

Statewide

Site/Special Permit

Rabbit

Statewide

Statewide

Site Permit Required

Squirrel

Statewide

Statewide

Site Permit Required

Deer (firearm)

Statewide (No Late Winter Season)

Statewide

Site/Special Permit

Deer (bow)

Statewide

Statewide

Site Permit Required

Deer (muzzleloader season)

3 Day Only

Statewide

Site/Special Permit

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

Waterfowl Statewide Statewide - Closed during Fierarm Deer Season Site Permit Required
Trapping Statewide Statewide - Closed during Deer Firearm Season Site Permit Required

 

Statewide regulations shall apply at sites where windshield permits are issued, except that hunters must obtain a free site permit online from the Department website. This permit must be displayed under the vehicle windshield, face up, with the permit number visible and the pocket portion in possession while hunting at the site. Hunters must report their annual harvest online (even if the hunter did not hunt) by February 15, or two weeks after the season closes for those seasons ending after February 1. Hunters shall forfeit their hunting privileges at the site for the following year if they fail to report by the above deadline.

SITE REGULATIONS:

  1. Rimfire rifles, handguns, shotguns and muzzleloaders are allowed for squirrel hunting.
  2. 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.
  3. Restricted areas include 160 acres around the headquarters and 40 acres west of the headquarters.
  4. No permanent tree stands or stands/steps which pierce the bark of trees are permitted. Check with Site Superintendent for regulations on use of tree stands. Deer hunters are allowed no more than one stand per hunter. Stands must have the name and address of the hunter visable from the ground. Stands must be put up no earlier than 2 weeks prior to archery deer season and must be removed no later than 2 weeks after archery deer season.
  5. Coyote hunting is permitted in open areas and coincides with the statewide fox season.
  6. 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.
  7. Crow and groundhog hunting are NOT permitted.
  8. The area is closed to all activities other than hunting during the firearm deer seasons and Spring turkey seasons.
  9. Dove hunters must use shot size 7 ½ bismuth or lead, or #6 steel, or smaller.
  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. THERE IS NO FALL TURKEY HUNTING AT THIS SITE.
  12. Waterfowl & Trapping Statewide Regulations. Closed during firearm deer seasons.
  13. Youth Hunting - both fall firearm and spring turkey require you to contact the site office for additional permitting regulations.

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

OTHER SITE FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS: Picnicking, camping, hiking, pond fishing. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT, Site Superintendent at 217-644-3091. 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.