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Sand Ridge Hunter Fact Sheet

2014-2015 Season  

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The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation opportunities for the residents of this state. The use of wildlife populations, whether it be for hunting or observation, is one aspect of this role. This Hunting Fact Sheet is provided to insure that regulations governing the use of our wildlife resources are available and understood. In addition, it is useful in acquainting visitors with common species and habitats on the area. IN ALL CASES, ask site personnel about additional rules, regulations, and site information.
LOCATION: The Sand Ridge State Forest (SRSF) office is located approximately 1.5 miles northwest of Forest City, Illinois, in Mason County.
DESCRIPTION: Total acres: 7,500      Huntable acres: 6,600     Open acres: 300    Timbered acres: 6,000
Sand Ridge State Forest is characterized by a flat to gently rolling terrain. Forest consists of approximately 3,500 acres of hardwoods and 2,500 acres of pine. Open acres are prairie and wildlife management fields.
SEASONS, HOURS, LIMITS:                 


SPECIES

SEASON

HOURS

SPECIAL RULES/PERMITS

Squirrel

Statewide (Closed during Controlled Pheasant Season)

Statewide

Shotgun or .22 rimfire rifles or smaller permitted; hunters must have windshield permit

Dove

Statewide

Statewide except during the Upland game season when hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shot size restricted to # 7 1/2, 8, or 9 lead, or 6 steel or smaller; hunting is restricted to field borders only; hunters must have windshield permit; except during the Upland Game season when dove hunting is only allowed in conjunction with the Controlled Hunting Permit.

Wild Turkey (Spring & fall firearm)

Statewide

Statewide

Firearm spring and fall turkey hunting requires special Sand Ridge SF turkey permit allocated through the annual permit system (4) (5).

Wild Turkey (Fall Archery)

Statewide

Statewide

Hunters must have windshield permit

Youth Turkey (Spring firearm)

Statewide

Statewide

Firearm spring youth season requires special Sand Ridge SF youth turkey permit allocated through the annual permit system (4) (5).

Pheasant, Quail, 
Rabbit, Woodcock

Site specific
(closed Mon. & Tues; Dec. 25)

9 am - 4 pm

See Controlled hunting information below

Deer (Firearm)

Statewide

Statewide

Firearm deer requires special Sand Ridge SF deer permit allocated through the annual permit system. (5) (6); hunters must have windshield permit.

Deer (Muzzleloader)

Statewide

Statewide

Muzzleloader deer hunters must have a Mason County muzzleloader permit. (5) (6); hunters must have windshield permit

Deer  (Archery)

Statewide

Statewide

Tree stands must be portable and removed after each day's hunt. Hunters must have windshield permit

Deer (Youth firearm season)

Statewide

Statewide

Youth firearm deer hunters must have a Mason County Youth Firearm Deer permit. (5) (6); hunters must have windshield permit

Raccoon, Opossum (Hunting)

Statewide

Statewide

Shot gun or .22 rimfire firearms or smaller is permitted. Hunters must have windshield permit

Coyote, Striped Skunk, Fox (Hunting)

Site Specific

Site Specific

Shot gun or .22 rimfire firearms or smaller is permitted. Season Hunters must have windshield permit. Coyote and Striped Skunk opens with statewide raccoon season and ends day before spring turkey season.

Waterfowl (Clear Lake Public Blinds)

Statewide

Site Specific

10 Waterfowl blinds are allocated at an annual drawing held on the last Sunday of July at the Sand Ridge Site Office. Site specific rules apply.

ADDITIONAL SITE REGULATIONS:

  1. For additional information visit the Sand Ridge Sportsman Digest at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/R4/SAND.HTM
  2. Free Site Hunting Permits (windshield cards) are required. 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.
  3. For the controlled hunting program applications must be submitted on-line starting August 1st by going to http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/controlled_hunt/default.asp
  4. Firearm turkey hunting; the forest is divided into 4 hunting zones with 6 hunters per zone per season. Hunting zones for all seasons will be selected at a drawing held 2 days before the opening day’s hunt at 2 p.m. at the site office
  5. Firearm deer hunting and Turkey Hunting permits are available through the permit Lottery System by going to http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting /Pages/ApplyForDeerOrTurkeyPermit.aspx.
  6. Tree stands must be portable and removed after each day's hunt.
  7. NO TRAPPING ALLOWED

Additional hunting is permitted at Sparks Pond State Natural Area, Oakford Conservation Area, Henry Allen Gleason Nature Preserve and Revis Hill Prairie State Natural Area; Visit http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/R4/SAND.HTM for additional site specific information.


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.