NAME: Willow Creek Habitat Area
LOCATION: 5 miles north of Paris, approximately 1/2 miles west of Illinois Route 1 near Horace, Illinois.
DESCRIPTION OF THE AREA:
|TOTAL ACRES: 87
||OPEN ACRES: 71
||HUNTABLE ACRES: 87
||TIMBERED ACRES: 16
This area features native prairie restorations that provide great nesting, brood-rearing, and winter cover for pheasants, quail, and other wildlife species.
|Pheasants, Rabbit, Quail
||Hunting will be permitted on the first and second day of the statewide upland game season and on each subsequent Wednesday and Saturday in November and on each Thursday and Sunday in December, through December 24, except closed during the firearm deer season and open December 27 and 29.
||Free Permit Required
||Statewide trapping season
||Free Site Permit
||October 1 - October 31
OTHER SPECIAL REGULATIONS:
Upland Game Hunters:
- A Free Upland Game Permit Application must be submitted online for a lottery drawing to be held in August. The application is available at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/uplandgame. Hunters will be required to return their harvest card prior to February 15th each year. Failure to submit the card will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.
- APPLICANTS MAY SUBMIT ONLY ONE APPLICATION PER SITE.
- Only one hunting party, consisting of the permit holder and no more than 3 companions, will be allowed each day.
- All hunting must be with a shotgun or bow and arrow only.
- Hunters must wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid blaze orange (at least 400 square inches).
Archery Deer Hunters:
- All hunters must park in the designated parking lot.
- Archery deer hunting will be allowed October 1 - October 31, 2014. Firearm deer hunting is not permitted at this site.
- Deer hunters must use portable stands and remove the stands at the end of each days hunt. Screw-in steps, nails, spikes, and other bark-piercing devices are STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
- Free Site Hunting Permits (windshield cards) are required for species noted. 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. For Free Upland Game Permit areas, a Free Upland Game Permit Application must be submitted online for a lottery drawing to be held in August. The application is available at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/uplandgame. Hunters will be required to return their harvest card prior to February 15th each year. Failure to submit data/card will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.
- Trappers must use only Egg Traps®, D-P (Dog-Proof) Traps®, box traps, cage traps, and traps of similar design for land sets.
- Traps must be clearly marked with owners name and address and must be checked daily.
- Trappers must possess at free site hunting permit and report harvest.
NOTE: Habitat restoration is on-going on this area. These activities are designed to improve wildlife habitat.
For further information contact Walnut Point State Park at 217-346-3336. 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.