River State Wildlife Area - Hunter Fact Sheet
Deer & Turkey
2012 - 2013 Season
Location: 13 Miles south of Dixon on Rt. 26
- 3 miles west of Rt. 26 on Maytown Road.
Description: Total area - 2,565 acres. Huntable Acres - 2,515.
The area is one of gently rolling topography. Much of the area consists of slough,
pines, cultivated fields, grasslands, and wetlands.
Visitors should be cautious of trees on site where mechanical treatments or naturally decaying processes have left them weak enough to fall.
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|Late Winter Firearm Deer
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All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal
Regulations, and Administrative Rules will apply unless area regulations are
Special Area Regulations:
- All hunters are
required to sign in prior to hunting and to check out and report harvest immediately
after the conclusion of the hunt. Sign in / check out box is located at the
hunter check station. Deer must also be checked-in/reported by phone
as outlined in the statewide rules & regulations for reporting deer harvested.
Be sure to report it as taken on a special hunt area (Green River SWA) and
not as harvested in Lee County.
- Hunting allowed
by site specific permits issued by the Springfield Permit Office. Permit holders
must check in by 5:00 AM or their permit is invalid for that day. Vacancies
after 5:00 AM will be filled by a drawing for stand-by permits. Stand-by permits
are valid for that day only, are site specific for Green River; and are $5.00
each. No other deer permits are required. Non-resident stand-by
deer hunters are required to have a non-resident hunting license and a habitat
- Closed during
firearm deer season. Closed during the statewide youth deer season. Open during
the statewide muzzleloader deer season. During muzzleloader season hunters
are required to wear the same blaze orange clothing as that
required for muzzleloader deer hunters.
- All hunters are
required to wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange
of at least 400 sq. inches.
- Hunters must remain
in assigned area for at least the first hour of hunting.
- Hunting allowed by site specific permit issued by the Springfield Permit Office if Lee County is announced as being open for the Late Winter season. Antlerless only. Standby hunting not available.
- Must have a valid Lee County Youth Deer Permit issued by the IDNR permit office; youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting parent, guardian, or resposible adult who has in his or her possession a valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card (FOID); both participants must wear the required blaze orange garments.
- Further restrictions
may exist. See regulations posted at the site before hunting.
It Shall Be
- To construct a tree stand, or use any screw-in steps, spikes, cleats, ladder, climbing aids,
etc. using nails, screws, wire, or any device which pierces or cuts the bark
of any tree. Tree stands must be portable and may be left unattended from
Sept. 15th through Jan. 31st. Stands left must be marked with the hunter’s
name, address, and phone number. Only one stand per person is allowed.
- To hunt in any
area not designated as being open to hunting or to hunt off IDNR property.
- To park anywhere
on the site except in the designated parking lots or for unauthorized vehicles
to enter upon any trail.
- To hunt with anything
other than a shotgun or bow and arrow.
- For any person
to consume any alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs or to be under the influence
of alcohol or illegal drugs while on the area for the purpose of hunting.
- To possess weapons
in the field except during hunting hours.
- To engage in "driving"
deer for the purpose of hunting on any IDNR site.
/ Facilities Available: Hiking, equestrian trails, camping, pavilion
w/ electricity and grill.
For further information contact: Green River SWA; 375 Game Rd.; Harmon, IL 61042
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, 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 62702-1271: 217/785-0067; TTY 217/782-9175