Red Hills Hunter Fact Sheet

2013 - 2014 Season

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Location: 1 mile northeast of Sumner, bisected by US Route 50

Description: The area is generally rolling, with some steep areas, particularly in the north section with high wooded hills and deep ravines. The area hunted north of Route 50 is mostly deciduous woodland; the area to the south is woodland with plots of annual grains, clover and grassy cover interspersed by fencerows and evergreen plantings. The upland forested areas are mainly mature oak-hickory type. The lake is near the center of the south park, with the campground toward the south. The park office is on the west boundary.

Acres for Upland and Forest Species
The area consists of approximately 967 acres of which 736 acres are huntable consisting of mostly timber, some shrub/brush habitat and food plots.

Legal Game Species


Species

Season

Hunting Hours

Bag Limits

Site Specific Regulations

Deer Archery

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,2,3,4,7,8

Turkey Fall Archery

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,2,3,4,6,7

Turkey Spring Firearm

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,2,7

Squirrel

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,2,3,7

Rabbit/Dove Quail/ Woodcock

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

1,2,3,4,5,7

Trapping

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

 contact office

Deer are plentiful with bowhunting only permitted.  The habitat here is also good for both squirrels and turkey.  Quail and rabbit hunters will find it to their advantage to use dogs due to the heavy cover. Woodcock are taken incidentally by quail hunters. Doves are occasionally taken.

Other Facilities Available: Approximately 35 acres southeast of the campground have been declared a Nature Preserve by IDNR. Fishing & Boating (electric trolling motors only), picnic areas, equestrian and hiking trails, camping (electricity, water, showers, and dump station), and a restaurant are also available.

Area Regulations: Statewide rules and regulations apply at this site, unless otherwise specified. Hunting is permitted in those areas posted as open to hunting. Restricted areas are marked by signs.

  1. In addition to having appropriate licenses, stamps, and species permits, hunters are required to have a Site Permit. Site Permits are available online at www.dnr.illinois.gov. Navigate to hunting/trapping, and then "public hunting areas" to print these permits. Hunters will be required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information. Failure to submit data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year. Spring Turkey hunters must apply for a site specific permit through the statewide lottery. Successful applicants will be mailed a Turkey Hunter Harvest Report to be returned at season's end.
  2. Vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking areas. No off-road vehicle use allowed.
  3. Hunting is to be done with shotgun or bow and arrow only. No rifles, handguns, or shotgun slugs are permitted.
  4. Blaze Orange is required while upland game hunting and during firearm deer seasons.
  5. Dove hunters are required to use size 7-1/2, 8 or 9 lead or bismuth shot, or size 6 or smaller steel shot.
  6. Permanent tree stands are prohibited. Portable tree stands are allowed and may be left unattended overnight during the period September 15 through January 31. Only one stand is allowed per hunter. Each stand must be legibly marked with the owner's name, address, and telephone number when left unattended. No nails, screws, or other devices are allowed to pierce trees.
  7. No night hunting is allowed on this site.
  8. Archery Deer hunting continues during the statewide Firearm Deer hunting season. The site is not currently open for Fall Firearm Turkey hunting. (Fall Archery Turkey hunting is permitted.)
  9. Chauncey Marsh hunting regulations are different. Please inquire at the park office for a Chauncey Marsh permit and fact sheet.

For further information: contact Site Superintendent, Red Hills State Park, 3571 Ranger Lane, Sumner, IL 62466, phone: 618/936-2469; or District Wildlife Biologist Charleston, IL 61920 (217) 345 2420

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 Opportunity Officer, IDNR, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; 217/785-0067, TTY 217/782-9175