LOCATION: One mile east of Victoria on Illinois Route 167.
DESCRIPTION: Total area- 2,497 acres. A history of strip mining in the area resulted in a diverse mix of grassland, wetlands, ponds, lakes, and ag fields which lends itself to the management of Giant Canada geese. This management is the primary objective at Snakeden Hollow.
||Sept. 1 -5
||Noon to 5:00 p.m.
||Permit Required w/Daily Standby draw, Non-toxic shot|
||Sept 6 - 30
||Noon to sunset
||Sign In/Out, Non-toxic shot|
||Closed Mon, Tue, Wed.
||Statewide opening to 1:00 p.m.
||Permit Required w/Daily Standby draw, Shotshell Limit|
|Conservation Order Light Geese
||Sign In/Out, Blinds Only|
|Deer - archery
||Statewide - Day preceding the opening of Central Zone Goose
||Windshield Card required; closed during goose season; tree stands must be removed no later than the last day of archery hunting on the site|
|Snipe & Rail
||Open Statewide - Closed Sept. 30
|| Windshield card required|
||Sign In/Sign Out|
||Opens the day after the close of the Central Illinois Zone Goose Season
||Sign In/Sign Out, Non-toxic Shot|
SITE REGULATIONS - GENERAL:
- All statewide regulations apply unless there are more restrictive site-specific regulations.
- The site closes to all use except permit hunting starting two weeks before and continuing through the close of the Central IL Goose season.
- Hunters under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Severe weather and safety conditions can result in closing all or part of the area.
- All hunters EXCEPT for archery deer, snipe, and rail using these areas must report to the check station to complete information cards. If the check station is not manned all hunters must register in the box provided. Archery deer, snipe, and rail hunters must obtain a free windshield online from dnr2.illinois.gov/Windshieldcard. This windshield card must be displayed in your windshield and the pocket card portion in your possession while hunting at the site. Hunters must report their annual harvest online (even if you did not hunt) by February 15th. Hunters shall forfeit their hunting privileges at the site for the following year if they fail to report by the prescribed deadline.
SITE REGULATIONS - WATERFOWL:
- Goose permit reservations will be allocated starting in September. Information for making reservations will be publicly available in July. All hunting applications are made online at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting.
- Registration: Opening day thru Nov. 30 - all hunters must register by 5:00 am. Dec. 1 thru Dec. 31 - all hunters must register by 5:30am. Jan. 1 thru season end - all hunters must register by 6:00am
- Permits are void after the draw begins. No one may register after draw time.
- Unfilled blinds may be filled until shooting time. There will be no refills.
- Hunters will choose their blinds as their name is drawn.
- Hunters must be at least 16 years old to draw for a blind.
- A $15 Daily Usage Stamp must be purchased by everyone 16 and older. Under 16 are not required to purchase a Daily Usage Stamp.
- All hunters must present a hunting license, or equivalent, at draw-time.
- One blind (G2) will be available by priority claim to disabled persons daily. Hunters must present an Illinois I.D. card showing a P2, P2a, H2, or H2a disability to establish priority.
- All goose hunting will be from designated blind sites and hunters must occupy sites within (1) hour after registering at the check station.
- Only two hunters allowed per blind.
- Central Zone Goose hunting will cease at 1:00 p.m.
- Upon vacating the blind sites, hunters must report to the check station within one (1) hour.
- All goose hunting parties must hunt over a minimum of 6 decoys of at least standard size.
- The site will be open to any goose hunting seasons that occur after the Central Zone Goose season and closed for any seasons that occur before the Central Zone goose season.
- No Central Zone Goose Season hunting on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Dec. 24, 25, or 26.
- Hunters are limited to fifteen (15) shotshells per
day all season.
- All pits are accessed by foot. Pits are brushed with camo cloth. Most
pits are located in fields on the perimeter of the site. Several have water
nearby, with three shooting over water. No motorized vehicles allowed beyond
the parking lots. Blind trails are marked with arrows and reflectors. Hunters
should bring at least a flashlight and suitable footgear for finding blinds in
the dark in muddy fields. Hunters can and should bring their own decoys. Site
decoys (23" shells) may be available for use, but site decoys are being
phased out. At blinds A-4, B-2, C-1, and D-1, chest waders and/or a retrieving
dog are recommended.
- An updated message is recorded daily during goose season. Late season
hunters should be aware that local conditions can impact hunting success
- Teal hunting is not restricted to designated blind sites. Non-toxic shot only, equal to steel 4 or smaller.
SITE REGULATIONS - UPLAND, FOREST WILDLIFE AND TRAPPING:
- Tree stands and ground blinds must be removed at the end of each day with the exception that they may be left unattended from September 15 through January 31. Any tree stand or ground blind left unattended must be legibly marked with the owner's name, address, and telephone number, or site assigned identification number.
- Dove hunting is non-toxic shot only, equal to steel 6 or smaller. A drawing will be held at 11:00 a.m. Sept. 1 - 5 at the site office if there are more hunters than can be accommodated. Hunt from designated stakes only Sept. 1 - 5.
- Trapping permits to be allotted annually by site drawing on opening day of goose season at 10 am.
Fishing and hiking.
For further information please contact: Site Superintendent, 1936 IL Route 167, Victoria, IL 61485, (309) 879-2607.