Ferne Clyffe State Park Hunter Fact Sheet
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Clyffe Hunting Area (Ferne Clyffe State Park)
1 mile South of Goreville, IL (Johnson County)
Huntable Acres 450, Water Acres 2, Timber Acres 408, Open 40
AVAILABLE GAME SPECIES:
Deer, Squirrel, Turkey, Quail, Rabbit
Check with the Site Check
Station for season, limits, etc. Deer, turkey and squirrel populations on this area
are very good. The majority of this area is in forested or brushy type habitat
which favor these species. There are fair populations of quail and rabbit.
- Hunting is restricted
to those portions of the area posted as open to hunting.
- All hunters must check
in and out each day and report their harvest at the check station.
- Squirrel season does
not begin until sunrise, the day after Labor Day. There is no fox, coyote,
skunk, groundhog, raccoon, opossum or crow hunting allowed.
- All hunting must be
by shotgun or bow and arrow with the exception that muzzle loading rifles
and handguns may be used to hunt deer during the firearm deer seasons. Only
muzzle loading riles may be used during the muzzle loader deer season.
- On all DNR sites during
pheasant, rabbit, quail, and partridge season, hunters and trappers are required
to wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at
least 400 square inches while trapping or hunting pheasant, quail, Hungarian
partridge, rabbit, snipe, rail, and woodcock.
- It is illegal to construct
or use any tree stand or tree climbing equipment, using nails, screws or any
device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed
or used. Tree stands that are used 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 from Sept. 15 – Jan. 31. Only one
tree stand per hunter.
- It is unlawful to drive
deer, or participate in a deer drive, on all Department owned or managed properties
during all deer seasons.
- It is unlawful to use
or occupy a ground blind during any firearm deer season on public land unless
at least 400 square inches of solid vivid blaze orange material is securely
attached to the uppermost portion of the blind and a substantial amount of
orange is visible for 360 degrees.
- Regular Firearm Deer
Season (shotgun, muzzleloader, handgun). Statewide regulations shall apply
except that all hunting for this season is allowed by site specific permit
only. The site specific permit is issued thorough the statewide computerized
drawing. To participate in the drawing, applicants must list Ferne Clyffe
State Park – Ferne Clyffe Hunting Area, a special hunt area, on their
permit application. This permit is only valid for the specific site and season
indicated on the permit.
- Muzzleloader Deer Season
- Late-Winter Antlerless
Deer Season (handgun, muzzleloader, shotgun). This area will be open for the
late-winter deer season by public announcement and/or if the area is listed
as being open on the late-winter deer season application.
- Youth Firearm Deer Season
(shotgun or muzzleloader). This area will be open for the Youth Firearm Deer
Season only if indicated via public announcement.
1. Regular Spring Turkey
Season (shotgun or archery). Statewide regulations shall apply except that all
hunting is allowed by site specific permit only. This site specific permit is
issued through the statewide computerized drawing. To participate in the drawing,
applicants must list Ferne Clyffe State Park - Ferne Clyffe Hunting Area, a
special hunt area, on their permit application. This permit is only valid for
the specific site and season indicated on the permit. A maximum of two (2) hunters
will be allowed to hunt the area each day.
For further information,
contact: Site Superintendent, Ferne Clyffe State Park, P.O. Box 10,
Goreville, IL 62939; Phone (618) 995-2411, or District Wildlife Biologist, Rt.
2, Box 177B, Golconda, IL 62938; Phone (618) 949-3476.
Equal opportunity to participate
in programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and those
funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies is available to
all individuals regardless or 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