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Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area (Upland)

2017-2018 Season


Location: Henry County - 6 miles north of Kewanee and 6 miles south of Interstate 80 on Highway 78.

Description: Total Acres 1,361. Huntable Acres: 862. Habitat types: Timber - 100 acres; Brush - 100 acres; Grass or cultivated acres - 650. The area is one of gently rolling topography. Much of the area consists of grassy areas interspersed with cultivated fields, brushy draws, and small woodlots. This area provides excellent hunting opportunity for the common game species found in northwestern Illinois.




Bag Limits

Special Area Regulations

Pheasant, Bobwhite Quail, Hungarian Partridge, & Rabbit

Statewide (see #1 for exceptions).

See #3.

Statewide (see #10 for exceptions.)

See below.

All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations and Administrative Orders will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.


  1. Statewide except closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt is the second Sunday in the season (permit required). Youth hunting opportunities are the Sunday after Thanksgiving and the Friday after Christmas. All hunting seasons may be subject to early closure. Contact site for details.
  2. A manned check station is operated during the upland game season. Hunters must check in and out of that station. Permits are available at Permit holders must be present. A drawing will be held at the conclusion of the check-in time.
  3. Check-in: 8 AM, Drawing: 8:30 AM, Hunting: 9 AM - 4 PM. Thanksgiving Day: 9AM - 1 PM.
  4. A fee is charged for hunting during the site hunting season.
  5. Daily hunter quota in place at this site. Remaining openings after initial drawing for registered hunters will be filled by a secondary "stand-by" drawing to be held immediately after the first drawing. Quota refills are not allowed. When daily quotas are not filled at the conclusion of the drawings, late-arriving hunters may register from 11:45 AM until noon, unless an earlier time is posted at the site's hunter check station.
  6. Hunting is restricted to those areas posted as open to hunting. Hunters with weapons are not allowed in the field except during hunting hours.
  7. Hunters must hunt in assigned areas until 10 AM. All fields must be cleared and game checked in by 4:00  PM.
  8. Hunters engaged in hunting pheasant, quail, rabbit, or partridge are required to wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches.
  9. Non-toxic shot only! Only non-toxic shot (as defined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 50 CFR 20), size #3 or smaller steel, #4 or smaller bismuth, # 5 or smaller tungsten-iron, tungsten polymer, or tungsten-matrix shot may be possessed. Only flu flu arrows may be used by bow and arrow hunters.
  10. Pheasant - 2 (either sex may be harvested), bobwhite quail - 8, Hungarian partridge - 2, rabbit - 4
  1. To park anywhere on the site except in the designated parking lots & for unauthorized vehicles to enter upon any trail.
  2. To hunt with other than a shotgun or bow & arrow with flu flu arrows
  3. For any person to consume any alcoholic beverage or illegal drug or to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on the area for the purpose of hunting.
Other Facilities / Activities Available: Camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, cross country skiing.

For further information contact: Johnson Sauk Trail State Park; 28616 Sauk Trail Road; Kewanee, IL 61443 Phone: 309/853-5589

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.