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Embarras River Bottoms State Habitat Area

2018-2019 Season

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Description: In 2011, the State of Illinois retained ownership of approximately 2200 acres of property southeast of Lawrenceville in Lawrence County.   The Embarras River Bottoms State Habitat Area or ERBSHA, is comprised of many community types, including upland forest, old field-scrub/shrub, 16 man-made created wetlands, floodplain forest, and oxbows of the former channel of the Embarras River.  The Embarras River bisects the property.

Acres open for Hunting:  Currently, 535 acres of the property are open to hunting and fishing on the south side of Billett Road.   Additional acreage will be opened as the property is developed.

Location7 miles southeast of Lawrenceville on the south side of Billett Road in Lawrence County (see site map). 
No hunting is allowed north of Billet Road at this time. Access is available on Billett Road.

Legal Game Species
Species

Season

Hunting Hours

Bag Limits

Site Specific Regulations

Deer Archery

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,3,4,7

Turkey Fall Archery

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,3,4,7

Fall Firearm Turkey

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,7,8

Firearm Deer

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,2,3,7,8

Muzzleloader Deer

Muzzleloader season only

Statewide

Statewide

1,2,3,4,7,8

Turkey Spring Firearm

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,7,8

Squirrel

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,4,5,7

Rabbit/
Quail/ Woodcock

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,2,4,5,7, 9

Raccoon/ Fox

Statewide Night Hunting Only

Sunset to Sunrise

Statewide

1,4,5,7

Coyote

Statewide Night Season

Sunset  to Sunrise

Statewide

1,4,6,7

Trapping

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

 contact office

 

Site Regulations: Statewide rules and regulations apply at this site, unless otherwise specified.

  1. Windshield cards are required for these species.  These are available online at https://dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/. Hunters will be required to return to this website prior to February 15th of each year to record harvest information. Failure to submit data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year. Permit must be displayed in vehicle window. Vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas. No off-road vehicle use allowed.
  2. Hunters are required to wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches.
  3. Deer stands must be portable and may be left unattended between Sept. 15th and Jan. 31st but must have an owner I.D. tag with contact information.  Only one stand is allowed per hunter.  Nails, screws, or other devices are not allowed to pierce trees.  No camping is allowed on the site.
  4. Closed during Firearm Deer season.
  5. Rimfire rifle, .22 cal, BB or pellet guns are allowed.
  6. Coyote and furbearer hunting during night hunting only during Statewide Furbearer Season.  All statewide regulations apply during Night hunting season.
  7. No Off-Road Vehicle Use Allowed.  Vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas.
  8. Site Specific Permit is required.
  9. Non-toxic shot required for upland hunting.

Firearm Deer:  A Site Specific permit is required for ERBSHA.  Hunters must place windshield card in vehicle while in field. This area is prone to flooding and might become inaccessible.  Hunters are encouraged to bring carts to haul deer out. No off-road vehicle use allowed. All statewide Firearm regulations apply.

Muzzleloader Deer:  A Site Specific permit is required for ERBSHA.  Season is only open the third three-day week-end following Thanksgiving.  Muzzleloader only permit is not allowed during the second week-end of firearm season.  Hunters must place windshield card in vehicle while in field. This area is prone to flooding and might become inaccessible.  Hunters are encouraged to bring carts to haul deer out. No off-road vehicle use allowed.  

Spring Turkey:  A Site Specific permit is required for ERBSHA.  Hunters must place windshield card in vehicle while in field. This area is prone to flooding and might become inaccessible. No off-road vehicle use allowed.  

Fall Firearm Turkey:  A Site Specific permit is required for ERBSHA.  Hunters must place windshield card in vehicle while in field. This area is prone to flooding and might become inaccessible. No off-road vehicle use allowed.  All statewide regulations apply.

Fishing and Bow Fishing:  Statewide regulations apply.


For further information: Contact Site Superintendent, Red Hills State Park, 3571 Ranger Lane, Sumner, IL 62466.  Phone: 618/936-2469; or District Wildlife Biologist, 1231 South West Street, P.O. Box 313, Olney, IL  62450.  Phone:  618/393-6732.​​


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.