Washington County Hunter Fact Sheet
2013 - 2014 Season
Washington County Conservation Area (WCCA) is open for fishing, hunting, picnicking, hiking, camping, and observing wildlife. Beagles and bird dogs are recommended for upland game hunters due to the heavy cover. The high quality hardwood timber makes this area especially attractive to squirrel hunters. Deer and turkey also occur and provide ample hunting opportunities for bowhunters.
LOCATION: 4 miles S of Nashville, 1 mile E of Illinois Hwy 127
DESCRIPTION: Total acres: 1,440 General Habitats: Open acres: 248 Open/brushy acres: 350; Huntable acres: 750 Timbered acres: 400
WCCA is located in the transitional woods-to-prairie region of southwestern Illinois. The area has an abundance of cover in the form of hardwood timber, shrubby fencerows, and brushy areas. These are interspersed with cultivated fields, native grass patches, and fallow fields.
This site conducts a prescribed fire program for the restoration and maintenance of some native woodland and grassland habitats, and an agricultural program for the production of wildlife food and cover. While beneficial to wildlife, these programs may occasionally create a temporary inconvenience to some hunting activities.
SEASONS, HOURS, LIMITS:
|Deer||Statewide||Statewide||Bow hunting only.|
|Turkey (Fall)||Statewide||Statewide||Bow hunting only.|
|Deer and turkey hunters: Blaze orange required during gun deer seasons.|
|Turkey (Spring)||Statewide||Statewide||Hunter quota - site permits issued via Springfield drawing.|
|Squirrel||Statewide||Statewide||.22 rifles are NOT ALLOWD to hunt squirrels|
|Dove||Statewide||12n-5p, Sept. 1-5 then Statewide||Drawing, if needed.|
|Raccoon/Opossum||Statewide||Statewide||.22s permitted sunset - sunrise.|
|Skunk/Fox/Coyote||Only during Statewide Fox||Statewide||.22s permitted sunset - sunrise.|
|Trapping||Statewide||Statewide||Quota of 2; permit needed, harvest report required. Only "Egg Traps," "D-P (Dog-Proof) Traps," box traps, cage traps, and traps of similar design may be used for land sets. Body gripping traps with a 10-inch jaw spread or larger must be totally submerged in the water when set.|
OTHER SITE FACILITIES: Camping, picnic areas, and boat ramp.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Site Superintendent, 18500 Conservation Drive, Nashville, IL 62263, or at (618) 327-3137
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.