Hanover Bluff State Natural Area Hunter Fact Sheet
2013 - 2014 Season
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Location:  Jo Daviess County in Hanover, immediately north of the Apple River Bridge on Rt. 84 is West Blanding Road.  Take this road ½ mile “Y” intersection of Blanding and Hanover Hills roads, turn left on Hanover Hill to parking area, ½ mile.  
Description: Total Acres: 348.75; Huntable Acreas: 332.75; Water Acres: 16; Open Grassland: 30; Timber Acres: 302.75.  The area will provide good hunting opportunities for forest game species like deer, wild turkey and squirrel.  Upland game opportunities will be limited as rabbits are the only species present in any number.  The topography is very steep, making walking difficult.
Hunting: Do not use private road on western border to access State property.  Also, there is a private residence located in this area.  Because of the close proximity to our boundary, hunting is not allowed within 100 years of the residence.  Signs have been posted defining this restriction and are shown on the site map.     


Species

Dates

Hours

Bag limits

Special regulations

Squirrel & Rabbit

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

Shotgun or Bow and Arrow.  See #5 and 8.

Turkey  (Youth)

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

Quota of 3 hunters.  See #4, 5 and 7.

Turkey (Spring)

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

Quota of 3 hunters per seasons.  See #4, 5, and 6.

Turkey (Fall Shotgun)

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

No hunter quota.  Jo Daviess county permit required.  See #5.

Turkey (Fall Archery)

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

No hunter quota.  See #5 and 8.

Deer (Archery)

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

No hunter quota.  See #5, 8, and 9.

Deer (Youth)

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

Quota of 6 hunters.  See #4, 5, 7, 8 and 9.   

Deer (Firearm)

First or Second Season

Statewide

Statewide

Quota of 6 hunters per season.  See #4, 5, 6, 8, and 9.

Deer (CWD)

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

Quota of 6 hunters.  See #4, 5, 6, 8, and 9.

Deer (Muzzleloader)

2nd portion of muzzleloader season only

Statewide

Statewide

Quota of 6 hunters.  See #4, 5, 6, 8, and 9.  Muzzleloader permit only.  Invalid during 2nd portion of the firearm deer season. 

Raccoon, Opossum

Statewide

Sunset to Sunrise

Statewide

Shotguns and .22ca Rimfire Rifles allowed. See #5.

Fox, Coyote, Skunk

Statewide Fox Season

Sunset to Sunrise

Statewide

Shotguns and .22ca Rimfire Rifles allowed. See #5.

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 pm during turkey firearm seasons (Youth and Spring).  Exception: supervising adult during youth seasons.
  5. Hunters must obtain a Free Site Hunting Permit (Windshield Card) online at the IDNR website, http://www.dnr.illinois.gov.  This permit 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 15 (even if 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 County permit holders that contact the site office will be issued a youth season Free Site Hunting Permit (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, or 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 days hunt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                
For further information contact: Apple River Canyon State Park, 8763 E. Canyon Rd.  Apple River, IL 61001 (815)745-3302.
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, 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