Wise Ridge State Natural Area
NAME: Wise Ridge State Natural Area
LOCATION: North of New Burnside in Johnson County (bisected by Il. Rt. 45 and Tunnel Hill State Trail)
DESCRIPTION: Huntable Acres 555, Timber Acres 555
MOST PREVALENT GAME SPECIES: Deer, Raccoon, Squirrel, Wild Turkey
- Regulations for all huntable species shall coincide with statewide season dates, hunting hours, and limits. All hunting is on a first come, first serve basis.
- This is a walk-in hunting area – no ATV’s or bicycles are allowed (person pulled carts can be used).
- On all DNR sites during pheasant, rabbit, quail, and partridge season, hunters and trappers are required to wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches while trapping or hunting pheasant, quail, Hungarian partridge, rabbit, snipe, rail, and woodcock.
- It is illegal to construct or use any tree stand or tree climbing equipment, using nails, screws or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed or used. Tree stands that are used for hunting deer must be legibly marked with the owner’s name, address, and telephone number when left unattended. Tree stands may be left unattended from Sept. 15– Jan. 31. Only one tree stand per hunter.
- It is unlawful to drive deer, or participate in a deer drive, on all Department owned or managed properties during all deer seasons.
- It is unlawful to use or occupy a ground blind during any firearm deer season on public land unless at least 400 square inches of solid vivid blaze orange material is securely attached to the uppermost portion of the blind and a substantial amount of orange is visible for 360 degrees.
- Statewide trapping regulations apply with the exception that a permit is required and only Egg Traps, D-P (dog proof) traps, box traps, cage traps, and traps of similar design may be used for land sets.
For further information, contact: Site Superintendent, Ferne Clyffe State Park, P.O. Box 10, Goreville, IL , 62939; Phone (618) 995-2411
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