Little Black Slough & Lower Cache River Hunter Fact Sheet
2012 - 2013 Season
Cache River State Natural Area consists of 14,489 acres, is state owned and
managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. There are approximately
11,946 huntable acres with 23 hunter/parking accesses.
LITTLE BLACK SLOUGH HUNTING AREA
3 miles south of Vienna IL; lying roughly between Illinois Route 37 and U.S.
Route 45, Johnson County, Illinois.
6,402 huntable acres. This area is primarily composed of upland and bottomland
timber with permanent with permanent sloughs and some brushy areas. There are
approximately 900 acres in open areas that have been reforested.
NAME: LOWER CACHE RIVER HUNTING AREA
Generally, from Perks, IL to Karnak, IL along the Cache River in Johnson and
5,544 huntable acres. This area is primarily composed of bottomland timber with
permanent ponds, sloughs and some brushy areas. There are approximately 1,145
acres in open areas that have been reforested.
GAME SPECIES: Squirrel, deer, duck, rabbit, quail, dove, woodcock,
for all huntable species will coincide with statewide season dates, hunting
hours, and limits. Exceptions to the above are in parentheses as follows:
by permit only.
and striped skunk seasons will coincide with the statewide fox season.
hunters are required to use non-toxic shot only (steel shot #6 or smaller;
Bismuth or Tungsten #7-1/2 or smaller is allowed). Non-toxic shot is required
for hunting waterfowl and migratory birds.
camping is permitted on these areas. Camping is available within a 20-mile
radius at Ferne Clyffe State Park, Dixon Springs State Park, Fort Massac
State Park and Shawnee National Forest campgrounds.
- All snakes are protected
in these areas. Snakes are beneficial reptiles and part of the natural
- Pole and line fishing
- Hunting is on a first-come,
first-served basis. No quotas or drawings, etc.
- Hunting is allowed only
in Natural Areas. No hunting is allowed in restricted areas and in the three
Nature Preserve Areas. You may not enter a Nature Preserve
with a weapon in your possession and no weapons are allowed in the restricted
area at the Cache River Wetland Center from Rt. 37, east to the Tunnel Hill
State Trail, and 3/4 mile north of Section 8 Woods Nature Preserve to private
property (see map above).
- Hunting areas can be
accessed along the Tunnel Hill State Trail by hiking or biking. All weapons
must be cased or bow and arrows locked while traveling along the trails right-of-way
corridor. Tunnel Hill State Trail is a restricted area closed to hunting,
it is unlawful to hunt, trap or discharge a gun or bow or arrow device along,
upon or across the right-of-way of the trail.
- All motorized vehicles
must remain on roads or in access areas. No ATV’s (all terrain vehicles),
bicycles, horses or mules are
permitted on State Natural Area. Person-pulled carts can be used to retrieve
deer in remote areas.
- No permanent blinds
or pits may be dug or constructed. All blinds must be portable or established
with natural vegetation and
must be removed or dismantled at the end of each day’s hunt. Cutting
live vegetation on these areas is illegal.
- It is illegal to construct
or use any tree stand built with nails, screws or any device which pierces
or cuts the bark of the tree on
which it is installed. Tree stands for hunting deer must be legibly marked
with the owner’s name, address and telephone number
when left unattended. Tree stands may be left unattended only from
September 15 to January 31. Only one tree stand per hunter,
per area/site is allowed.
- Hunters engaged in quail
and rabbit hunting must wear a cap and upper outer garment containing at least
400 square inches of
solid and vivid blaze orange.
- All hunters are required
to sign in and out at the hunter registration boxes provided at the hunter
access areas, and are required to
report harvest by species. There are 10 hunter accesses at the LOWER CACHE
RIVER HUNTING AREA: Big Cypress, North
Main, Flatwoods, East and West Karnak, Porterhouse, Perks Road, Lower Cache River, West
Rt. 37, and Rt. 45 South. There are 13 hunter accesses at the LITTLE BLACK
SLOUGH HUNTING AREA: Marshall Ridge, North Cypress, North Belknap, Belknap,
Forman, East Bluff, North Rt. 45, Cave Creek, Little Black Slough, Northwest Belknap, South Cypress,
Glass Hill, and Snakehole.
- All snakes are protected
in this area. Snakes are beneficial reptiles and part of the natural ecosystem.
- Any additional area
regulations will be posted at the area’s hunter parking lots or at the
Cache River State Natural Area
additional information, contact the Site Superintendent, Cache River
State Natural Area, 930 Sunflower Lane, Belknap, IL 62908, phone (618)634-9678.
For further information on hunting opportunities on other Cache River Wetlands
joint venture property, contact the Nature Conservancy at (618)634-2524 and
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge at (618)634-2231.
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 Opportunity Officer, IDNR, One Natural Resources
Way, Springfield, IL 62702;217/785-0067;TTY 217/782-9175.