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Fox Ridge

2018 - 2019 Season

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NAME: FOX RIDGE STATE PARK

LOCATION: Eight miles southeast of Charleston, 12 miles north of Greenup on Illinois Route 130.

DESCRIPTION OF THE AREA:

TOTAL ACRES: 2078 HUNTABLE ACRES: 1082
OPEN ACRES: 252 TIMBERED ACRES: 950

The area lies along the Embarras River, and is characterized by wooded ravines, conifer plantations, and native and restored prairie openings. The woodlands at Fox Ridge are the largest contiguous block of mature hardwoods in the Embarras basin.

 
 

SPECIES

 
 

SEASON

 
 

HOURS

 
 

SPECIAL RULES/PERMITS

 
 

Dove

 
 

Statewide

 
 

Noon to 5 PM Sept. 1 - 5
Noon to Sunset after Sept. 5

 
 

Windshield Card

 
 

Rail

 
 

Statewide

 
 

Statewide Open - 4 PM Close

 
 
Windshield Card
 
 

Woodcock

 
 

Statewide

 
 

Statewide Open - 4 PM Close

 
 
Windshield Card
 
 

Quail

 
 

Statewide

 
 

Statewide Open - 4 PM Close

 
 
Windshield Card
 
 

Pheasant

 
 

Statewide

 
 

Statewide Open - 4 PM Close

 
 
Windshield Card
 
 

Wild Turkey

 
 

Spring Season Only

 
 

Statewide

 
 

Site specific permit

 
 

Rabbit

 
 

Statewide

 
 

Statewide Open - 4 PM Close

 
 
Windshield Card
 
 

Squirrel

 
 

Statewide

 
 

Statewide

 
 
Windshield Card
 
 

Waterfowl

 
 

Statewide

 
 

Statewide

 
 
Windshield Card
 
 

Deer (firearm)

 
 

Statewide

 
 

Statewide

 
 

Site specific permit

 
 

Deer (bow)

 
 

Statewide

 
 

Statewide

 
 
Windshield Card
 
 

Furbearers

 
 

Statewide

 
 

Statewide

 
 
Windshield Card

  

SITE REGULATIONS:

 

  1. Windshield cards are required for species as noted. These are available online at https://dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/. Hunters 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. Hunting is restricted to designated wildlife management areas, including the Sherwood Tract on the south side of the park for most species.  However, raccoon hunting is allowed throughout Fox Ridge State Park, except for within 300 yards of the two site residences - site residence and Ridge Lake residence.
  3. Dove hunters must use only size 7 1/2 or smaller bismuth or lead shot, or size 6 or smaller steel shot.
  4. No trapping is allowed on this site.
  5. No permanent tree stands or stands/steps which pierce the bark of trees are permitted. Check with Site Superintendent for regulations on use of tree stands.  Deer hunters are allowed no more than one stand or ground blind per hunter. Stands must have the name and address of the hunter visible from the ground. Stands and ground blinds must be put up no earlier than September 15th prior to archery deer season and must be removed no later than January 31 after archery deer season.
  6. Squirrels may be taken with .22 caliber rimfire rifle, air rifle, shotgun, or muzzleloader.
  7. Waterfowl hunting is limited to the Embarras River and its floodwaters in the wildlife management area. Permanent blinds and/or pits are prohibited.
  8. Non-toxic shot must be used for all waterfowl hunting.
  9. The area is closed to all hunting activity other than deer hunting during the firearm deer season.
  10. Hunters engaged in quail, rabbit, or pheasant hunting must wear a cap and upper outer garment of blaze orange of at least 400 square inches.
  11. Shotgun, muzzleloader and handgun are allowed during the firearm deer season. All state regulations apply. Consult the Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations for caliber and usage restrictions.
  12. This area is subject to prescribed burns in the fall. Burns will be announced prior to ignition by 3 horn blasts.

*** IN ALL CASES, ask site personnel about current regulations, special rules, and site conditions.

OTHER SITE FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS: Picnicking, camping, hiking, fishing (fishing at Ridge Lake is by reservation only with the Illinois Natural History Survey), fitness trail.

No camping in the wildlife management area. NOTE: See special fact sheet for the Paul C. Burrus Habitat Area.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT, Site Superintendent at 217-345-6416. 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.