Weinberg-King State Park - Spunky Bottoms Unit Hunter Fact Sheet
INTRODUCTION: The Spunky Bottoms Unit was acquired by the State of Illinois in the Spring of 2002. The acquisition is part of a joint project between the IDNR, Army Corps of Engineers, and The Nature Conservancy to restore an historic backwater lake of the Illinois River. Restoration efforts call for the eventual retirement of cropland to develop wetlands, woodlands, and grasslands on the site.
LOCATION: Spunky Bottoms Unit is located a little over a mile downstream from the LaGrange Lock and Dam on the Illinois River. The site is located in Brown County about 10 miles southeast of Mt. Sterling.
|Total Acres: 833||Cropland/Open Acres: 528||Water Acres: 5|
|Huntable Acres: 800||Forested Acres: 300|
SETTING: The area is characterized by river bottom cropland, forested bluffs and river bottoms. Wooded drainage ditches and standing crop food plots are also present on the site. This diversity adds to a habitat matrix which provides a variety of hunting opportunities. Additional management practices such as wetland restoration will be implemented in the future.
|Squirrel||STATEWIDE||STATEWIDE||FREE SITE PERMIT REQUIRED|
|Dove||STATEWIDE||STATEWIDE||FREE SITE PERMIT REQUIRED|
||STATEWIDE||STATEWIDE||ILLINOIS RESIDENTS ONLY. FREE SITE PERMIT REQUIRED|
|Deer (All Firearm Seasons)||STATEWIDE||STATEWIDE||FREE SITE PERMIT REQUIRED|
|Turkey (FALL ARCHERY)||STATEWIDE||STATEWIDE||ILLINOIS RESIDENTS ONLY. FREE SITE PERMIT REQUIRED|
|Turkey (FALL SHOTGUN)||STATEWIDE||STATEWIDE||FREE SITE PERMIT REQUIRED|
|Duck/Goose||STATEWIDE||STATEWIDE||FREE SITE PERMIT REQUIRED|
|Rabbit/Quail||STATEWIDE||STATEWIDE||FREE SITE PERMIT REQUIRED|
|Raccoon **||STATEWIDE||STATEWIDE||FREE SITE PERMIT REQUIRED|
|Crow||OCT 15 - FEB 28||STATEWIDE||FREE SITE PERMIT REQUIRED|
|Woodcock/Snipe/Rail/Teal||STATEWIDE||STATEWIDE||FREE SITE PERMIT REQUIRED|
hunters must park in designated parking areas. Parking along
roadways is prohibited.
**Trapping is also allowed for furbearing mammals. A special trapping permit is issued through a site drawing.
Free site hunting permits (windshield cards) are required for species as noted. These are available online at www.dnr.illinois.gov. Navigate to "Hutning/Trapping" and then "Public hunting area" to print these permits. Hunters will be required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information.
It Shall Be Unlawful:
OTHER SITE FACILITIES: None
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Weinberg-King State Park at (217) 392-2345.
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.