Illinois Public Land

Discussion in 'Bowhunting forum' started by jgray82, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. jgray82

    jgray82 New Member

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    Myself and some of my buddies are planning an archery hunt on some public land in Illinois. Does anyone have any suggestions as to which areas to look at?
     
  2. I have no Idea but would like to :welcome: you to the site,:welcome:
     

  3. jgray82

    jgray82 New Member

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    Thanks for the welcome, I am looking forward to seeing what this site has to offer to help me become a better bow hunter.
     
  4. tnts79

    tnts79 Senior Member

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    I am also a fellow public grounder. Some of the best hunting I have access too. One tip is to avoid public parking areas. Try to find someone who will let you park at their place and go in from there. Thats what I do, works out much better. And another tip, walk through as little timber as possible to get to your setup. Good luck and welcome.:welcome:
     
  5. jgray82

    jgray82 New Member

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    Thanks for the info. Do you have any suggestions as to which areas to hunt. I have been researching the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. It looks really good. I am kinda confused, are all the state parks and lakes in that area part of the national forest? For example, is the Giant City State park part of the National Forest? Or is Rend Lake part of the forest as well.
     
  6. tnts79

    tnts79 Senior Member

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    I am not familiar with So. Illinois, get ahold of your local dnr chapter. They should be able to hook you up with a map of the public hunting areas. The illinois dnr website might have some useful info. I know the ground I hunt is Army Corps of Engineer ground. Try this link.

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/shawnee/recreation/wilderness/

    As for location of deer, get out and do some scouting around food sources and water supplies. Try to locate an area where you think they are bedding, and hunt the travel routes between food/bedding or water/bedding.
     
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  7. jgray82

    jgray82 New Member

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    Great info. Thanks for all your help!
     
  8. tnts79

    tnts79 Senior Member

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    Just a tip, don't hunt too close to the bedding ground. Your presence will just push the deer from that area.
     
  9. stoneridgeilbuckguide

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    Southern Illinois

    The Shawnee national forest is made up of many tracts of land throughout southern Illinois. There are places were private land surronds federal land and places were you have to hike in . State parks like Giant City have huntable land on them but it is controled by the state. Giant city park is located partially in Jackson county and there is a public lands fact sheet available from the University of Illinois Extension website coming from Jackson county. Good Luck. You find this by going to the U of I website and then click on the Jackson county site and you can print a copy off.
     
  10. labdad

    labdad New Member

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    Crab Orchard Lake

    You should check out Crab Orchard Lake and surronding areas, they are Federal land and have many hunting areas.
     
  11. killbambidead

    killbambidead bambi killer

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    all the public ground where i live is virtually unhuntable ... its all river bottoms and is so thick u cant walk through it til late december
     
  12. stoneridgeilbuckguide

    stoneridgeilbuckguide New Member

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    Crab Orchard Lake is part of the national refuge system and is in Williamson and Jackson counties in Illinois
     
  13. stoneridgeilbuckguide

    stoneridgeilbuckguide New Member

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    WWW.extension.uiuc.edu/jackson

    The public lands fact sheet is on the front page along with some food plot information. Hope this helps
     
  14. whttail

    whttail New Member

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    try jim edgar state park in central illinois it ha about 7000 acers of land