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Winston Tunnel State Natural Area

2018-2019 Season


Location: Jo Daviess County, 5 miles South of Galena on Blackjack Rd.
Description : Total Acres: 227; Timber Acres: 227; Huntable Acres: 207.

The vegetative cover is a mixture of steep timbered slopes and bluffs with less steep timbered areas interspersed with grassy openings. The topography can be severe, especially adjacent to Rock Hill Road, making walking difficult. This habitat will provide good hunting for deer and turkey. Squirrel, rabbit, and raccoon are also present in good numbers. The site also contains the gated mouth of the historic Winston Tunnel, a defunct railroads tunnel that passes under Rocky Hill Road. Hunting is not allowed in restricted areas near the mouth of the Winston Tunnel and near neighboring residences.

Available Game Species :

Species Seasons Hunting Hours Bag Limits Special Regulations
Squirrel & Rabbit Statewide Statewide Statewide Shotgun OR Bow & Arrow. See #5, 8 below
Turkey (Spring Youth) Statewide Statewide Statewide Quota of 2 hunters See #4, 5, & 7 below.
Turkey (Spring) Statewide Statewide Statewide Quota of 2 hunters per season. See # 4, 5, & 6 below.
Turkey (Fall Shotgun) Statewide Statewide Statewide No Hunter Quota. JoDaviess County Permit Required. See #5 below.
Turkey (Fall Archery) Statewide Statewide Statewide No hunter quota. See #5, 8 below
Deer (Archery) Statewide Statewide Statewide No hunter quota. See #5, 8, 9 below
Deer (Youth) Statewide Statewide Statewide Quota of 8 hunters. See # 4, 5, 7, 8, & 9 below
Deer (Firearm) First or Second Season Statewide Statewide Quota of 8 hunters per season. See #4, 5, 6, 8, & 9 below.
Deer (CWD) Statewide Statewide Statewide Quota of 8 hunters. See #4, 5, 6, 8, & 9 below.
Deer (Muzzleloader) 2nd Portion of Muzzleloader Season


Statewide Quota of 8 hunters. See #4, 5, 6, 8, & 9 below. Muzzleloader Only Permit. Invalid during 2nd portion of firearm deer season.
Raccoon, Opossum Statewide Sunset to Sunrise Statewide Shotguns and .22ca Rimfire Rifles allowed. See #5 below.
Fox, Coyote, Skunk Statewide Fox Season Sunset to Sunrise Statewide Shotguns and .22ca Rimfire Rifles allowed. 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, CWD 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 windshield card 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 Card until quotas are reached.
  8. All other hunting is closed during firearm deer seasons (Youth, Firearm, CWD 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.
For Tourism Information contact: Galena Country Welcome Center, 123 N. Commerce St., Galena, IL 61036 (815)776-9200,

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.