Turkey Bluffs Hunter Fact Sheet
c/o Randolph County Conservation Area

2013 - 2014 Season

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Turkey Bluffs State Fish & Wildlife Area (TBFWA) was purchased with a 75% matching grant from the USFWS with Pittman-Robertson funding. The site is open for fishing, hunting, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, and observing wildlife. Squirrel, wild turkey, and deer are the most common game species. Upland game species such as rabbit and quail also occur at the site primarily in the open areas. Dove hunting is provided in large sunflower fields on the area.

LOCATION: 2 miles S of Chester on Illinois Hwy 3

DESCRIPTION: Total acres: 2,265, General Habitats: Open acres: 350, Huntable acres: 2,250,  Timbered acres: 1,700, Water (Mary's River) acres: 10

TBFWA is located on the Mississippi River bluffs in southwestern Illinois. The topography varies from level flood plains to steep hills. Cultivated fields, along with hay fields and brushy areas, are interspersed with extensive stands of mature bottomland and upland timber.

SEASONS, HOURS, LIMITS:

SPECIES SEASON HOURS SPECIAL RULES/PERMITS

Deer

Statewide

Statewide

"Late-winter deer season" OK.

Turkey

Statewide

Statewide

 

Rabbit/Quail

Statewide

Statewide

 

Squirrel

Statewide

Statewide

.22's and air guns OK.

Dove

Statewide

Statewide

 

Snipe/Rail/Woodcock

Statewide

Statewide

 

Duck/Teal/Goose/Coot

Statewide

Statewide

No permanent blinds.

Raccoon/Opossum

Statewide

Statewide

 .22s OK sunset - sunrise.

Skunk/Fox/Coyote

Only during Statewide Fox

Statewide

.22s OK sunset - sunrise.

Trapping

Statewide

Statewide

Water sets only, quota of 2; permit and harvest report required.

This site is open for the Youth Deer Hunting and Youth Spring Wild Turkey Hunting seasons - certain area restrictions apply.

SITE REGULATIONS:

  1. All hunters must sign in and check out, reporting their harvest each day following hunting.
  2. No hunting or trapping is permitted in posted areas, developed recreation areas, and within 100 yards of construction sites, residences, and developed recreation areas (e.g. picnic and camping areas).
  3. Firearm deer hunters must wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches while hunting rabbit, pheasant, quail, and/or woodcock.
  4. Construction or use of any tree stand using nails, screws, or wire or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed is unlawful. Any tree stand (portable and one per hunter) can be left unattended overnight September 15 - January 31, and must be legibly marked with the owners name, address, and telephone number.

Site hunting regulations (administrative rules) can be viewed on IDNR's website: dnr.state.il.us

OTHER SITE FACILITIES: Picnic areas.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Joan Bade, Site Superintendent, 4301 South Lake Drive, Chester, IL 62233 or (618) 826-2706

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.