Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area
Hunter Fact Sheet

2013 - 2014 Season

MAP

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

Description: Total Acres 1361. 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.

Species

Season

Hours

Bag Limits

Special Area Regulations (See below)

Archery Deer

Statewide See #6

Statewide

Statewide

See # 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

Archery Coyote, Fox, & Turkey

See # 2, 4

Statewide

Statewide

See # 2, 4, 5, 8

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

SPECIAL AREA REGULATIONS:

  1. Each hunter must obtain a windshield permit when deer hunting at this site.  The windshield permits are available at www.dnr.illinois.gov.  Navigate to “hunting/trapping”, and then “public hunting areas” to register and obtain the permit.  If you need assistance in obtaining the permit, report to or contact Johnson Sauk Trail at 309/853-5589 or the Hennepin Canal Office at 815/454-2328.  (Hunters will be required to return to this website to report their harvest no later than February 15th each year.  Failure to submit the data will result in the loss of hunting privileges for the following year.  The survey is required even if you do not hunt). 
  2. Deer, fall turkey, fox, and coyote hunting are archery only.  (Must be registered for archery deer hunting and have a site deer windshield permit to be able to harvest turkey, fox and coyote with appropriate licenses and stamps). 
  3. Any deer or turkey harvested must also be checked in/reported as outlined in the statewide rules & regulations for reporting harvests during the regular seasons.
  4. Coyote, Fox, and Turkey Season open only when the site archery deer season is open.
  5. Hunting is restricted to those areas posted as open to hunting and hunters are permitted in those areas only during hunting hours. 
  6. During the site pheasant hunting program, archery deer hunting is restricted to Mondays and Tuesdays.
  7. Be aware that Lake Shore Road is closed from November 1st thru May 1st.  There is no vehicular access to remove a tree stand if you placed one via using this road.  Walk in/walk out access only. 
  8. All statewide regulations apply.  See posted regulations as further restrictions may apply.

IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL:

  1. To construct or use any tree stand or accessory using nails, screws or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. Only one stand allowed per hunter. Stands must be portable, may be erected beginning September 15, and must be removed by sunset on January 31. Tree stands left unattended must be marked with the owner's name, address, and telephone number.
  2. To hunt in any area not designated as being open to hunting.
  3. To park anywhere on the site except in the designated parking lots & for unauthorized vehicles to enter upon any trail.
  4. To hunt with other than a shotgun or bow & arrow.
  5. 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, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; 217/785-0067; TTY 217/782-9175.