Mississippi Palisades Hunter Fact Sheet

2012 - 2013 Season

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Location: Carroll County, 3 miles north of Savanna.

Description: Total Acres: 2500, Water Acres: 1, Open Acres: 200, Timbered Acres: 2300, Huntable Acres: 1500.

The vegetative cover of the area is grasslands, hay fields, and row crops located on ridge tops intermixed within mixed oak-hickory woodlands. The topography is steep, consisting of unglaciated ridges. The area is bordered by private lands with timbered slopes and cultivated valleys and ridge tops.

Available Game Species:

Species Seasons Hunting Hours Bag Limits  Special Regulations
Turkey (Spring) Segments 1-4 only Statewide Statewide Quota of 14 hunters per season.
Turkey (Fall Bow) 10/1 - 1/15 Statewide Statewide Closed during the first firearm deer season
Deer (Bow) 10/1 - 1/15 Statewide Statewide Closed during the first firearm deer season
Deer (Firearm) First segment of the Firearm Season only. Statewide Statewide Quota of 30 hunters per season

General Area Regulations:

  1. Think safety first! You should be aware that hikers and other non-hunters may be in area.
  2. Hunting is restricted to those portions of the area posted as open to hunting, which is east of the main park road.
  3. Hunters must park in designated parking lots. Do not block access to fields or gates.
  4. Hunting is to be with shotgun and bow and arrow only. Muzzleloading rifles are permitted during the statewide firearm season.
  5. 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. All tree stands must be portable and be removed by January 31.
  6. It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or to consume beer, wine, or intoxicating liquors while hunting on the area.
  7. You may not enter a restricted area or trespass on private land for any reason without first notifying the park staff or the appropriate landowner.
  8. You may not possess an uncased bow or loaded/uncased firearm outside of the designated hunting zones.
  9. No ground fires allowed.
  10. All statewide regulations are in effect.

Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations:

  1. All spring turkey hunters must obtain a site specific permit, which will be issued through the Permit Office in Springfield. Turkey hunters are required to record their harvest to the park office at 815-273-2731. Permits valid for Carroll Co. will not be valid at Mississippi Palisades S.P.
  2. Preference is given to disabled hunters for three permits in each of the 4 seasons.
  3. Successful permit holders must obtain a windshield permit at www.dnr.illinois.gov which must be displayed on the windshield or your vehicle any time you are hunting.

Firearm Deer Hunting Regulations:

  1. All firearm deer hunters must obtain a site specific permit, which will be issued through the Permit Office in Springfield. Permits valid for Carroll Co. will not be valid at Mississippi Palisades S.P. Permit holders must register and show windheld permit at the park office starting at 5:00 A.M. each day they intend to hunt. windshield permits can be obtained at www.dnr.illinois.gov
  2. Successful permit holders will be asked to attend a general site regulation and safety orientation meeting at 1:00 PM on the Saturday that falls two weeks before the firearm season opens. Hunters must obtain a windshield card permit at www.dnr.illinois.gov which must be displayed on the windshield of your vehicle anytime you are hunting.
  3. Stand by hunters must check-in between 6:00 am and 8:00 am each day, stand by permits are $5.00/day.

Archery Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations:

  1. Archers are required to obtain a free site windshield permit prior to hunting at www.dnr.illinois.gov. Successful archery deer & turkey hunters are required to record their harvest by calling the phone-in system listed on their permit.
  2. Site permit must be displayed on dashboard of vehicle whenever the hunter is in the field.
  3. Hunter must return to website www.dnr.illinois.gov by 2/15 and provide requested information to the site upon the end of hunting for the season.

For further information contact: Mississippi Palisades State Park, 16327A IL Rte. 84, Savanna, IL 61074. Telephone: 815-273-2731.

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.