Chauncey Marsh Natural Area Hunter Fact Sheet

2013 - 2014 Season

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Location:  4 miles east of Chauncey, Illinois, in Northern Lawrence County

Description: The core of this area located in the Embarrass River bottoms is the Chauncey Marsh Nature Preserve, the best remaining example of a marsh ecosystem in the Wabash valley. The area also includes other sloughs, mature oak-hickory woodland (upland and bottomland), tree plantings, and restored prairie. Total Acres 627 of which 499 are huntable and 128 are Nature Preserve.

Legal Game Species:

Species

Season

Hours

Bag Limit

Special Regs

*Firearm Deer

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,2,3,4,5,6,8

Deer Archery

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,2,3,4,5,6,8

*Spring Turkey

South zone

Statewide

Statewide

1,2,3,4 Site Specific Permit required Chauncey Marsh

Fall Turkey Archery

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,2,3,8,9

Quail/Dove Rabbit/Woodcock

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,2,3,4,6

Squirrel

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,2,3,4

Waterfowl

South Zone

Statewide

Statewide

1,2,3,4

Furbearers

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,2,3,4,8

Deer Firearm Regular Season and Late Season

Deer firearm hunters must have a valid Lawrence County Permit. On years when Late Deer season is open in Lawrence county Chauncey Marsh may be hunted with a valid Lawrence county permit.

Spring Turkey

Spring turkey hunters must obtain a site specific Chauncey Marsh Permit. One hunter is allowed to hunt the Marsh for each Spring Turkey season. In the event that Chauncey Marsh is flooded the permit holder may hunt at Red Hills State Park.(contact office first) Red Hills State Park Permits are not valid for Chauncey Marsh.

Area Regulations: Statewide rules and regulations apply at this site, unless otherwise specified. The area is posted open to hunting. The 128 acre Nature Preserve is closed to hunting.

  1. Hunters are required to have a Site Permit, in addition to licenses, stamps, and species permits necessary for the game being hunted. Site Permits are available online at www.dnr.illinois.gov.  Navigate to “hunting/trapping: and then “public hunting areas” to print these permits.  Hunters will be required to return to this web site 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. (Spring Turkey hunters are required to obtain permits through the statewide lottery system.)
  2. The Site Permit Parking Card must be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle used while hunting at the site. Vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas. No off-road vehicle use allowed.
  3. Hunters that fail to return a Harvest Report by February 15th, even if not hunting was done, will not be provided with a Site Permit the following year.
  4. Hunting is to be done with shotgun or bow and arrow only, with the exceptions that .22 or smaller rimfire rifles may be used for squirrel and furbearers, and muzzle-loading rifles may be used during the Firearm and Muzzleloader deer seasons. Legal handguns may be used for firearm and late winter deer seasons.
  5. Blaze orange is required while upland game and during firearm deer seasons.
  6. Dove hunters are required to use size 7-1/2, 8, or 9 lead or bismuth shot, or size 6 or smaller steel shot.
  7. Permanent tree stands are prohibited. Portable tree stands are allowed and may be left unattended overnight during the period September 15 through January 31. Only one stand is allowed per hunter. Each stand must be legibly marked with the owner's name, address, and telephone number when left unattended. No nails, screws, or other devices are allowed to pierce trees.
  8. Night hunting for furbearers is allowed; permit required, see above.
  9. The site is not currently open for Fall Firearm Turkey hunting. (Fall Archery Turkey hunting is permitted.)

For further information, contact: Site Superintendent, Red Hills State Park, RR #2 Box 252 ‘A’, Sumner, IL 62466, phone: 618/936-2469; or, District Wildlife Biologist, 1660 West Polk St., Charleston, IL 61920 (217) 345-2420.

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 Opportunity Officer, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; 217/785-0067, TTY 217/782-9175