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Walnut Point Hunter Fact Sheet

2014-2015 Season 

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NAME: WALNUT POINT STATE PARK

LOCATION: Three miles north of Oakland on County Highway 7. Also, follow direction signs from U.S. Route 36 two miles west of Newman.

DESCRIPTION OF THE AREA:

TOTAL ACRES: 671      OPEN ACRES: 10      HUNTABLE ACRES: 573      TIMBERED ACRES: 602

Walnut Point includes numerous wooded ravines on and along the upper Embarras River. Various species of mature hardwoods dominate the park’s 602 wooded acres. A 60-acre fishing lake is also on site. Other site facilities and programs are camping, picnicking, hiking and a seasonal concession operation w/ boat rental.

SPECIES

SEASON

HOURS

SPECIAL RULES/PERMITS

Squirrel

Statewide

Statewide

Free Site Permit

Deer (Archery Only)

Statewide

Statewide

Free Site Permit

Raccoon

Statewide

Sunset to Sunrise Only

Free Site Permit


 

 

SITE REGULATIONS:

  1. Free site Hunting Permits (windshield cards) are required for species as noted. These are available online at www.dnr.illinois.gov. Navigate to "hunting/trapping: and then "public hunting areas" to print these permits. Hunting 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.
  2. The Upper Embarras Woods Nature Preserve is closed to all hunting except Archery Deer.
  3. Squirrel and Archery Deer hunting is allowed in the two wildlife management areas. The total acreage of these two areas, Observatory and Bower Woods, is approximately 173 acres. Directional signs to these areas start at the park’s entrance/exit road.
  4. Raccoon hunting is allowed in all locations, except the nature preserve.
  5. Please respect our neighbors:
  6. * No hunting within 100 yards of roads and residences
    * Know your location: Check signs, maps or with site personnel if you are unsure of park, wildlife management
    areas and nature preserve boundaries
    * Hunter Parking: Only use park and wildlife management area parking lots
    * Camping is not allowed in the wildlife management areas
  7. Squirrel and Raccoon hunters may use shotguns or .22 rimfire firearms. Squirrel hunters may also use black powder rifles.
  8. Archery Deer tree stands may be installed two weeks prior to the season start date and they must be removed no later than two weeks following the season end date.
  9. This area is subject to prescribed burns in the fall. Burns will be announced prior to ignition by 3 horn blasts.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bryan Eubanks, District 16 Wildlife Biologist, 217/345-2420. 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.