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Iris & Jack Witkowsky

2016-2017 Season


Location: Jo Daviess County, 7 miles north of Hanover on Blackjack Rd. It is managed by Apple River Canyon State Park.
Description : Total Acres: 1086 Water Acres: 0 Open Acres: 508 Timbered Acres: 578 Huntable Acres: 1086

The vegetative cover of the area is a mixture of timbered slopes with grasslands, row crops, and hay fields predominant on ridge tops and wide valleys. The topography is steep, consisting of unglaciated ridges. The area is bordered by private lands with timbered slopes and cultivated valleys and ridge tops. The excellent habitat on this area provides optimum cover for squirrel, deer and turkey. Deer and turkey are abundant in this area and should provide some good hunting. Rabbit populations in this area are also good.

Available Game Species :

Species Seasons Hunting Hours Bag Limits Special Regulations
Squirrel & Rabbit Opens after 2nd firearm deer season. Statewide Statewide Shotgun Or Bow & Arrow. See #4, 5 below
Turkey (Spring Youth) Statewide Statewide Statewide Quota of 10 hunters See #4, 5 and 7 below.
Turkey (Spring) Statewide Statewide Statewide Quota of 10 hunters per season. See #4, 5, 6 below.
Turkey (Fall Shotgun) Statewide Statewide Statewide Quota of 10 hunters. See #5, 6 below.
Turkey (Fall Archery) Opens Oct. 15th Statewide Statewide No hunter quota. See #5, 8 below
Deer (Archery) Opens Oct. 15th Statewide Statewide No hunter quota. See #5, 8, 9 below
Deer (Firearm) First or Second Season Statewide Statewide Quota of 30 hunters per season. See #4, 5, 6, 8, 9 below.
Deer (Muzzeloader) Muzzleloader only Season


Statewide Quota of 30 hunters. See #4, 5, 6, 8, 9 below. Muzzleloader Permit Only. Invalid during 2nd portion of firearm deer season.
Coyote Coincides with deer seasons Sunrise to Sunset Statewide Only valid permit holders may take coyotes by legal means. Coyotes may be taken with bow & arrow during archery season. See #5 below

Area Regulations:

  1. All Statewide Regulations apply.
  2. It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or to consume beer, wine, or intoxicating liquors while hunting on the area.
  3. No ground fires or camping allowed.
  4. Area closed to non-hunters during deer firearm seasons (Youth, Firearm, and Muzzleloader) and until 1:00 PM during turkey firearm seasons (Youth and Spring). Exception: supervising adult during youth season.
  5. Hunters must obtain a windshield card online at the IDNR website, This permit must be displayed and visible under the vehicle windshield and the pocket portion in possession while hunting at the site. Hunters must report their annual harvest online by February 15th (even is the hunter did not hunt) or they forfeit hunting privileges at the site for the following year.
  6. All turkey and firearm deer hunters must obtain a Special Hunt Area permit. Special Hunt Area permits are not valid anywhere else in the county. County permits are not valid for the Special Hunt Area.
  7. For Youth Turkey and Deer seasons, only Jo Daviess Co. permit holders that contact the site office will be issued a youth season. Windshield Cards wil be issued until quotas are reached.
  8. All other hunting is closed during firearm deer seasons (Youth, Firearm,  and Muzzleloader). Exception: coyote may be taken by firearm deer hunters with Special Hunt Area permit.
  9. It shall be unlawful to construct or to use any tree stand that utilizes nails, screws, wire or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. Any tree stand must be portable and removed from the tree at the end of each day.

For further information contact: Apple River Canyon State Park, Apple River, IL 61001; Telephone: (815)745-3302.

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.