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Big Bend

2021 - 2022 Season

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Location: Whiteside County, 4 miles west of Prophetstown, along the Rock River on Vandamme Road and Banks Road.

Description: Total acres: 2,376 acres, including 46 acres of water. Hunting acres: 2,338. Composition: Timber and shrub - 791 acres; open or cultivated - 1158 acres.

The area consists of two major cover types. The uplands (approximately 250 acres) is sandy soil with fields bordered by tree lines. The bottomlands (2,088 acres) is flat, interspersed with native grassland, tree plantings and tracts of woods. There are several small wetlands and marshes, and two oxbows totaling 96 acres of water.

Available Game Species:

Species

Season

Hunting Hours

Bag Limit

Special Regulations

Dove

Statewide

Sept 1-5:12p Noon - 5:00p after Sept. 5: sunrise - sunset 

Statewide

See Regs. 14 & 15 below. Springfield issued permit for Sept. 1 - 5. Non-toxic shot required

Squirrel

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

Shotgun only

Deer

(Archery Only)

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

See Regs. 5 & 8 below

Heritage Youth Turkey

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

Turkey (Spring)

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

See Regs. 9 & 10 below

Turkey

(Fall Archery)

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

Closed during firearm deer season 

Pheasant, Quail, Rabbit, Hungarian Partridge

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

See Regs. 7 & 12 below. 

Non-toxic shot required for upland game, #2 or 3 suggested

Woodcock, Rail and Snipe

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

 

Crow

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

 

Raccoon & Opossum

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

See Reg. 4 below

Red and Gray Fox

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

See Reg. 4 below

Skunk

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

See Reg. 4 below

Coyote

Aug 1st thru Feb 28th

Statewide

Statewide

See Reg. 4 below

Furbearer Trapping

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

See Reg. 13 below

Waterfowl

Tues., Thurs., or Sat. during North Zone dates, as listed on permit

1/2 hour before sunrise until 1:00 pm

Statewide

See Regs. 16 & 17 below

Springfield issued permit required

 

Area Regulations:


  1. Hunting is restricted to those portions of the area posted as open to hunting.
  2. All hunters must register once a day with name and date prior to hunt and record harvest upon completion of hunt. Record 0 if nothing was harvested. Registration will be at parking lots 1, 2, 3, or 4.
  3. All hunters are responsible for following all statewide regulations and any special regulations posted at parking lots 1, 2, 3 or 4.
  4. All hunting is to be done with shotgun or bow and arrow only, except .22 rim fire and smaller may be used to take raccoon, opossum, fox, coyote and skunk from sunset to sunrise.
  5. It shall be unlawful to construct or to use any tree stand that utilizes nails, screws, wire or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. Only one tree stand or ground stand per hunter. May be left unattended from Sept. 15 through Jan. 31, but stands must be marked with owner's name, address, & telephone number.
  6. It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or consume beer or any intoxicating liquors before or while hunting on the area.
  7. Hunters engaged in quail, rabbit, pheasant, or Hungarian partridge hunting must wear a cap and upper outer garment of SOLID BLAZE ORANGE of at least 400 squ​are inches.
  8. Archery deer hunting will be allowed during all firearm deer seasons. An archery permit is needed to hunt during the firearm deer seasons. All hunters must wear a cap and upper outer garment of SOLID BLAZE ORANGE of at least 400 sq. inches.
  9. All spring turkey hunters must obtain a site-specific permit, which will be issued through the Permit Office in Springfield. Spring wild turkey permits valid for Whiteside Co. will not be valid at Big Bend SFWA. For youth spring turkey, a Whiteside Co. permit is valid.
  10. In an effort to distribute turkey hunters throughout the site, hunters are encouraged to use another parking lot when 2 cars are already present in a parking lot during the turkey season.
  11. All hunters must park in designated parking lots.
  12. Quail season closes at sunset on December 14th.
  13. Trapping permits (N=3) will be issued thru annual drawing held at Morrison Rockwood State Park. Contact Site Superintendent at (815) 772-4708 for drawing date and time. Dog proof traps required. Note foothold trap jaw size change after rabbit season for water sets.
  14. Permit issued thru Springfield Office for Sept 1 - 5th of dove season.  Applications accepted beginning in June.  (See DNR website www2.illinois.gov/dnr
  15. Non-toxic shot required. #6 steel or #7 bismuth & tungsten or smaller may be possessed for doves. #3 steel or tin, #4 bismuth shot, or #6 tungsten-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-matrix or smaller may be used or possessed for upland game.
  16. Waterfowl hunting will be by free lottery permit issued by the Springfield Permit Office only. Each permit holder will be assigned a day (Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday of the regular North Zone Illinois Duck Season) with only the date listed on permit being valid. Each permit holder is allowed to bring up to 3 partners (hunters or non-hunters, up to 4 total). Permits are non-transferable. All hunters must register at kiosks before hunting and list harvest (or 0) at end of hunting. It is encouraged hunters wear blaze orange on their way to their assigned section during firearm deer seasons.
  17. Waterfowl hunting is walk-in only and at the section assigned on the permit. No permanent blinds are allowed, but hunters may bring or construct their own temporary blind to be removed the same day. Hunters must carry their own decoys and gear/hunting equipment to the designated hunting area. Hunters must park in designated hunter parking lot and not block gated entrance to waterfowl hunt area. Hunters may temporarily park at gate to unload/reload gear at the start/end of their day hunting. Hunting hours end at 1:00 pm and waterfowl hunters must be out of the field and signed out with harvest by 2:00 pm.

For further information contact: Site Superintendent: 18750 Lake Road, Morrison, IL 61270. Telephone: 815-772-4708


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, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702; (217)785-0067; TTY (217)782-9175.