Skip to Main Content

Rockton Bog State Natural Area Hunter Fact Sheet

2014-2015 Season 

MAP             

LOCATION: Rockton Bog State Natural Area is located in the northwestern Winnebago County, approximately three miles northwest of Rockton, IL.  From Rockton, IL take Rockton Road west one mile to Prairie Ave, turn right (north) approximately two miles, hunter access parking is located on the left just past Fisher Road.

HUNTING AREA:  The area consists of approximately 103 acres.  It is a mixture of sedge meadow, prairie, shrub and open sand forest communities.  The area is open for archery deer hunting only.

SPECIES                   SEASON                    HOURS                      BAG LIMITS

Deer (Archery)           Statewide         .         Statewide                       Statewide .

HUNTING REGULATIONS: All regulations found in the Wildlife Code and Administrative Orders will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive. 

Hunters must obtain a free site permit online from www.dnr.illinois.gov.  To do so, navigate to "hunting/trapping" and then "public hunting areas".  Proceed to "Free Site Hunting Permit (Windshield Card)" and select "New Self-Issued Windshield Card tab under the "Upland/Forest Game (and Dog Training) column.  Complete all fields as necessary and print the Windshield Card and accompanying pocket card.  This card (your windshield card) msut be displayed under the vehicle windshield, face up, with the windshield card number visible and the pocket card in your possession while hunting at the site.  Hunters must report their annual harvest online (even if you did not hunt) by February 15, 2015.  Hunters shall forfeit their hunting privileges at the site for the following year if they fail to report by the prescribed deadline. 

  1. The area is closed for hunting during the firearm deer season.
  2. All hunting must be with a legal bow and arrow devise.
  3. Only one tree stand per hunter and all stands and climbing devises must be portable and removed at the end of each day.
  4. It is unlawful for any person to construct or use any tree stand or climbing devise such as nails screws, wire or any other device which pierces or cuts the bark of trees.

AREA REGULATIONS: IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL:

  1. For any person to consume any alcoholic beverage, including beer and wine, while on the area for the purpose of hunting.
  2. To hunt in any area not designated as open to hunting.
  3. To park in any location except the designated parking area.
  4. For unauthorized vehicles to enter upon any interior road or trail.
  5. To have ground fires.

For further information contact: Rock Cut State Park, 7318 Harlem Road, Loves Park, IL 61111. Phone: 815/885-3311.


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.