Location: Jo Daviess County, about 1.5 miles southeast of Stockton on S. Willow Road.
Description: The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is implementing a deer population management program at Ward’s Grove Nature Preserve to maintain and restore the natural quality of the woodlands and to protect populations of sensitive plant and animal species. Huntable Acres: approximately 335. The site is composed of upland forest with wooded ridges and ravines. The terrain is rugged which can make walking difficult.
Hunting: There is a private residence near the southern boundary of the nature preserve. Because of the proximity of this residence to our boundary, hunting is not allowed within 100 yards of the residence. Signs have been posted defining this restriction and are shown on the site map. Otherwise, hunting is allowed within the IDNR boundaries in Ward’s Grove Nature Preserve.
|Species||Seasons||Hunting Hrs||Bag Limits||Special Regulations|
|Deer (Archery)||Statewide||Statewide||Statewide||No Hunter Quota. See #5 and 8 below.|
|Deer (Youth)||Statewide||Statewide||Statewide||Quota of 8 hunters. See #4, 5 and 7 below|
|Deer (Firearm)||First or Second Season||Statewide||Statewide||Quota of 8 hunters per season. See # 4, 5, 6 and 8|
|Deer (CWD)||Statewide||Statewide||Statewide||Quota of 8 hunters per season. See# 4, 5, 6 and 8|
|Deer (Muzzeloader)||2nd Portion of Muzzleloader Season||Statewide||Statewide||Quota of 8 hunters per season. Muzzleloader Permit Only. Invalid during 2nd portion of firearm deer season. See # 4, 5, 6, and 8 below.|
For further information
contact: Apple River Canyon State Park, Apple River, IL 61001; Telephone: (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, 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, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702; 217/785-0067, TTY 217/782-9175.