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Newton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

2018 - 2019 Season

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Location: 12 miles southwest of Newton

Description: Total acres: 7600 Huntable acres: 6500

Timber 2240  Cropland 3100  Ponds/wetland/lake 1760  Open, non-cultivated 500

The area is generally rolling, with the more or less flat areas being cultivated or occupied in weedy, brushy fields. Cropped fields include tenant farmed cash crop, site staff food patches, and hay fields. The property is owned by Ameren/CIPS, and the hunting programs are managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Approximately 800 acres of land are managed by IDNR for wildlife. 260 acres in the northeast corner has been dedicated to the preservation of the state-endangered Prairie Chicken. About 540 acres on the west side of the lake has been developed for public access fishing, picnicking, hiking, equestrian and bike trails. The headquarters is located on the west side management area, two miles north of the boat ramp and lake access area. A second ramp is available for waterfowl hunter and fisherman access to the east arm of the lake.

Legal Game Species:

Species

Season

Hunting Hours

Bag Limits

Site Specific Regulations

 Deer Archery

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,3,4,5,6,11

*Firearm Deer

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,3,4,5,6,9,11 Site specific permit required              (Newton SFWA) Read below

*Youth Deer Firearm

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

3,4,5,6,9,11 Read below

Turkey Fall Archery

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,3,6,11

*Youth Spring Turkey

South Zone

Statewide

Statewide

3,6,11 Read below

Turkey Spring/Fall Firearm

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,3,11 Site specific permit required (Newton SFWA)

Squirrel

Aug1-Sept 30

Statewide

Statewide

1,3,6,11

Rabbit/Dove Quail/ Pheasant/Woodcock

Statewide Dove?

Statewide

Statewide

1,3,6,9,10,11

*Waterfowl

South Zone

1/2 hr before sunrise to 1:00p.m. daily

Statewide

2,3,6,11

Youth Waterfowl  South Zone 

1/2 hr before sunrise to 1:00p.m. daily 

Statewide  2,3,6,11 
Trapping     Statewide Statewide Statewide contact office

*Deer Firearm:  Hunters must possess a site specific Newton Lake SFWA deer firearm permit 40 site specific seer firearm permits will be issued through Springfield deer permits lottery system. Permit holders are required to check in at site office by 5:00a.m. Each day of the deer season to validate their permit, at this time we will conduct a drawing to disperse hunters to different hunting areas. Hunters will be issued a harvest card which must be filled out and dropped in drop box at the conclusion of each days hunt. JASPER COUNTY PERMITS ARE NOT VAILD AT NEWTON LAKE SFWA FOR REGULAR FIREARM DEER SEASON.

*Youth Deer Firearm and Youth Spring Turkey:  Hunters must check in at site office by 5:00a.m.for a drawing to allocate hunting areas. Hunters are required to possess a county specific permit.  (Jasper County) Youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting parent, guardian, or responsible adult who has in his or her possession a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card.

*Waterfowl Regulations:  Blind sites 1-23 shall be allocated on a first come-first served basis until one hour before shooting time; and then after 9:00 a.m. Sign-in sheets and blind location map are located in sign-in box at Newton Lake East Boat Ramp (see map). Hunters may begin to sign-in at 12:01a.m. on the day of the hunt with at least one hunter in the party remaining in the parking lot until party enters hunting area. Hunters must occupy the stake they have drawn by legal shooting time or forfeit the right to the staked hunting location. Hunting ends at 1:00 p.m. and all hunters must be out of water or field by 2:30 p.m. Hunting parties must complete harvest cards and place them in collection box located at Newton Lake East Boat Ramp or at site office (see map).

 

  1. ​Blind site 22 and 23 are land sites (see map). Blind 22 shall only be hunted Tuesday and Saturday. Blind site 23 shall only be hunted Wednesday and Sunday.
  2. No more than 4 persons shall occupy a water or land blind at one time.
  3. The west arm of the lake is closed to all waterfowl hunting.
  4. Blind sites shall be determined by the IDNR and marked with numbered stakes (see map). For public safety reason, the Department may close the lake area to all fishing and all boating activity or may move and/or close blind sites.
  5. Hunters moving to another vacant blind location may do so on a first come-first served basis, provided they report change on harvest card along with harvest for each blind.
  6. Access to water blind sites shall be by boat only. Access to land sites shall be by walk-in only.
  7. All water hunting must be from one portable blind or one anchored portable boat blind located between the assigned numbered stakes, no more than 10 yards from shore. All land hunting must be done from a position within 50 feet of the assigned numbered stake.
  8. Crippled waterfowl that fall on land, other than areas designated as refuge, shall be retrieved by foot. However, no gun may be carried while attempting to recover such birds.
  9. Fishing shall be prohibited in the east arm of the lake until 1:00 p.m. during waterfowl season.
  10. Each party must hunt over a minimum of 12 decoys and must be removed at the end of each day's hunt.
  11. During the last 3 days of Canada Goose season, hunting hours shall close at sunset daily.
  12. Waterfowl hunting is closed during the regular firearm hunting seasons.

 

Lake Regulations: (25h.p. maximum) The lake is open year round except the lake is closed for the regular Firearm Deer Seasons ( weekend before Thanksgiving weekend and the weekend after Thanksgiving weekend) East side of the Lake is closed until 1:00 p.m. daily during waterfowl season (Waterfowl South Zone Dates)

Other Facilities Available: Fishing and boating (25 h.p. maximum); picnic areas; hiking, biking and equestrian trails.

Area Regulations: Statewide rules and regulations apply at this site, unless otherwise specified. Hunting is permitted in those areas posted as open to hunting. Restricted areas are marked by signs.

  1. Windshield Cards are required for all species except youth deer and youth turkey hunters. These are available online at dnr2.illinois.gov/Windshieldcard. 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. Failure to submit data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.
  2. Firearm Deer, Dove, and Waterfowl hunters are required to check in and out and report harvest. (Spring & fall Shotgun Turkey hunters must apply for a site specific permit in the statewide lottery. Successful applicants will be mailed a Turkey Hunter Harvest Report to be returned at season's end.)
  3. Hunters must park in designated areas only. No OFF-ROAD vehicle use allowed.
  4. No permanent tree stands may be constructed, nor may any hunting be done from a permanent stand. Any tree stand used must be portable and removed at the end of each day. No screw-in steps allowed.
  5. Deer drives are not allowed.
  6. All hunting must be done with shotgun, muzzle-loading rifle, or bow and arrow only. NO OTHER RIFLES OR PISTOLS ARE PERMITTED while hunting on this area.
  7. No muzzle-loader only or handgun deer hunting is allowed at this time.
  8. Site squirrel season closes during site deer hunting seasons.
  9. Blaze orange is required while upland game hunting and during firearm deer season.
  10. Dove hunters are required to use size 7 1/2, 8, or 9 lead or bismuth shot, or #6 or smaller steel shot. Hunting hours are 12 noon to 5 pm, September 1 - 5.
  11. No night hunting is allowed on this site.

For further information contact Site Superintendent, Newton Lake FWA, 3490 E. 500th Ave., Newton, IL 62448, phone 618/783-3478; or District Wildlife Biologist, 1231 South West St. P.O. Box 313, Olney, IL 62450.  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.