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Harry "Babe" Woodyard

2016-2017 Season


LOCATION: The Harry "Babe" Woodyard State Natural Area is located 2.5 miles south east of Georgetown in southeast Vermilion County.


OPEN ACRES: 298.5    

The Natural Area is characterized by major habitat areas consisting of forest (73%); grassland (8%); shrubs (2%) and cropland (17%).


Deer (Bow) See Below Statewide​ Free Site Permit Required
Deer (Firearm) Statewide Statewide Special Hunt Area Permit Required
Quail See Below 4 P.M. Closing Special Hunt Area Permit Required
Pheasant (Cock) See Below 4 P.M. Closing Special Hunt Area Permit Required
Rabbit See Below 4 P.M. Closing Special Hunt Area Permit Required
Turkey - Fall Archery Statewide Statewide Free Site Permit Required
Turkey (Spring) Statewide Statewide Special Hunt Area Permit Required
Turkey (Spring Youth) Statewide Statewide Special Hunt Area Permit Required
Woodcock See Below 4 P.M. Closing Free Site Permit Required
Dove Statewide See Below Free Site Permit Required
Squirrel See Below See Below Free Site Permit Required
Raccoon (Trapping) Statewide Statewide Free Site Permit Required
Furbearers Statewide Statewide Free Site Permit Required


  1. Free Site Hunting Permits (windshield cards) are required for species a noted. These are available online at 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 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.
  2. Hunting is restricted to those portions of the area posted to hunting. It is illegal to construct or use a tree stand using nails, screws or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. Hunters must remove tree stands daily.
  3. The hunting area will be closed to all other activited during Firearm Deer Season.
  4. Free site permit number must be attached to the tree stand. The number must be visible from the ground.
  5. Hunters engaged in quail, rabbit and pheasant must wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid blaze orange (at least 400 square inches).
  6. Only antlerless deer or antlered deer having at least 4 point on one side by be harvested.
  7. Pheasant, rabbit and quail hunting is by free Permit Only. The successful permit holder may bring 3 hunting partners for a total of 4 hunters.  Permits are issued for 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 during the firearm deer season and open December 27 and 29. Hunting hours and limits are statewide.
  8. Woodcock, Statewide opening to 4:00 P.M. October 31st.
  9. Squirrel Season Opens the 1st Tuesday after Labor Day, Season closes at 4:00 P.M. October 31st.
  10. Raccoon trapping is allowed by permit issued by public drawing. DP (Dog Proof) EGG TRAPS REQUIRED.
  11. Dove Hunting is Sept. 1-5, Noon through 5P.M. Statewide hours apply from Sept. 6 through the close of the first season. Free site permit required. Lottery drawing held first 5 days at 11 A.M.
  12. Coyote hunting season coincides with statewide fox season. Hours coincide with statewide regulations.
  13. Shotgun, muzzleloader and handgun are allowed during the firearm deer season. All State regulations apply. consult the Digest of Hunting Trapping Regulations for caliber and useage restrictions.
  14. Authorized night hunters may use .22 caliber rimfire rifles in pursuit of furbearers.

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

OTHER FACILITIES: Fishing and hiking.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Kickapoo State Recreation Area Site Office at (217) 442-4915. 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.