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Siloam Springs - Buckhorn Unit Hunter Fact Sheet

2013-2014 Season 

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INTRODUCTION: Siloam Springs State Park Buckhorn Unit was acquired by the State of Illinois in the Spring of 2001. The site is characterized by high-quality forest game hunting opportunities. Wildlife habitat enhancement practices such as food plots and rotational mowing improve hunting opportunities. Sunflowers are planted each year to provide dove hunting opportunities.

LOCATION: Siloam Springs State Park Buckhorn Unit is located six miles south of Timewell off Route 24 or nine miles north of Route 104 in Brown county.

DESCRIPTION: Total Acres: 2,263; Non-Forested Acres: 1,000; Water Acres: 20; Huntable Acres: 2,200; Forested Acres: 1,243

SETTING: The area is comprised of a mixture of wooded ravines with crop fields present on the ridges and in the creek bottoms. Many of the crop fields have been idled and established to perennial grasses. In others natural succession of woody plants is occurring at various stages. The woodlands consist of a relatively young stand of oak-hickory timber with some interspersed brushy fallowed pasture areas.

SEASONS, HOURS, LIMITS:

SPECIES

SEASON

HOURS

SPECIAL RULES/PERMITS*
SQUIRREL STATEWIDE STATEWIDE FREE SITE PERMIT REQUIRED
DOVE STATEWIDE NOON-5 P.M. THRU SEPT 5. THEN STATEWIDE HUNTING IN DOVE FIELDS AT STAKED SITES ONLY; THROUGH SEPT 5 (2 HUNTERS PER STAKE)
DEER/TURKEY
(ARCHERY)**
STATEWIDE ***** STATEWIDE FREE SITE PERMIT REQUIRED
(ILLINOIS RESIDENTS ONLY)
DEER (LATE WINTER) STATEWIDE STATEWIDE BROWN CO. LATE-WINTER OR UNFILLED FIREARM TAG, SIGN-IN AT MAIN ENTRANCE.
TURKEY (FALL SHOTGUN) STATEWIDE STATEWIDE BROWN COUNTY PERMIT - 10 HUNTERS MAXIMUM (ILLINOIS RESIDENTS ONLY). SIGN-IN AT MAIN ENTRANCE.
TURKEY (SPRING) STATEWIDE STATEWIDE SPECIAL PERMIT REQUIRED - SPRINGFIELD DRAWING
RABBIT/QUAIL SEE BELOW*** STATEWIDE FREE SITE PERMIT REQUIRED
RACCOON**** STATEWIDE STATEWIDE SPECIAL PERMIT REQUIRED - SITE DRAWING

* All hunters must park in designated parking areas. Parking along roadways is prohibited.
** Only antlerless deer or antlered deer having at least four points on one side may be harvested.
*** Season opens Dec. 5 through end of season (closed during all late winter deer seasons)
**** Trapping is also allowed for furbearing mammals. A special trapping permit is issued through a site drawing.
***** Site is open to archery deer and turkey hunting during regular firearm season dates. Blaze orange requirements are in effect.

Free site hunting permits (windshield cards) are required for species as noted. These are available online at www.dnr.illinois.gov. Navigate to "Hutning/Trapping" and then "Public hunting area" to print these permits. Hunters will be required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information.

SITE REGULATIONS:

It Shall Be Unlawful:

  1. For any person to construct or to use any tree stand using nails, screws, wire, steps, or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. Only one portable stand may be used and must be labeled with the hunter's name, address, and telephone number or a site assigned number, and must be removed daily.
  2. For any person to possess or consume beer, wine, or alcoholic or intoxicating liquor while hunting on the area.
  3. For any person to use vehicles on internal roads that are posted closed.
  4. To hunt in any areas where signage indicates "closed to hunting." These areas occur at or around building sites.

OTHER SITE FACILITIES: None
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Siloam Springs State Park at (217) 894-6205.


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.