NAME: Rend Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
LOCATION: Eight miles south of Mt. Vernon, just west of Bonnie
Total Acres: 12,690 Acres of Water: 4,000
Huntable Acres: 7,690 Acres of Timber: 1,700
Open, Cultivated or Fallow Acres: 3,900
This area consists of bottomland hardwoods, upland ag fields, and surrounding land including 3,000 acres of impounded water in the sub-impoundments managed primarily for waterfowl. Food is produced both by tenant farming, site staff farming, and moist-soil production. Five thousand posted acres are managed as a waterfowl refuge. All areas are open to fishing most of the year with the refuge area being closed during waterfowl use periods.
AVAILABLE GAME SPECIES:
Waterfowl, quail, rabbit, squirrel, dove, deer, woodcock, furbearers, and turkey.
1. Waterfowl hunting according to special regulations. Youth Waterfowl season is held the weekend preceding the duck season opener - follow statewide regulations.
2. Dove hunting is non-toxic shot only. Hunting hours are sunrise to 11:30am daily Sept, 1 - 5; season closes September 30. A drawing will be held one hour before sunrise if more hunters show up than can be accommodated.
3. Special regulations apply; check bulletin boards or at headquarters.
4. Archery deer hunters must harvest an antlerless deer on the refuge before an antlered deer is harvested. Refuge Archery Deer Hunt is Oct. 1 - Oct. 30.
5. Dove hunting on C.O.E. managed areas is statewide regulations.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rend Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, 10885 E. Jefferson Rd., Bonnie, IL 62816, PH: 618/279-3110 or Region 5 Headquarters, 11731 State Hwy. 37, Benton, IL 62812, PH: 618/435-8138 or District Wildlife Biologist, 13995 E. Game Farm Rd., Mt. Vernon, IL 62864, PH: 618/242-1272.
Wildlife management on this public land site is funded in part by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program (P-R Act of 1937). Excise taxes paid on firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment fund wildlife habitat developments, land acquisition, research and hunter safety education courses. (US Fish & Wildlife Service and the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources cooperating)