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. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.
Available Game Species:
Sept 1-5:12p Noon - 5:00p after Sept. 5: sunrise - sunset
See Regs. 14 & 15 below. Springfield issued permit for Sept. 1 -
5. Non-toxic shot required
See Regs. 5 & 8 below
Heritage Youth Turkey
See Regs. 9 & 10 below
Closed during firearm deer season
Pheasant, Quail, Rabbit, Hungarian Partridge
See Regs. 7 & 12 below.
Non-toxic shot required for upland
game, #2 or 3 suggested
Woodcock, Rail and Snipe
Raccoon & Opossum
See Reg. 4 below
Red and Gray Fox
See Reg. 4 below
See Reg. 4 below
Aug 1st thru Feb 28th
See Reg. 4 below
See Reg. 13 below
Tues., Thurs., or Sat. during North Zone dates, as listed
1/2 hour before sunrise until 1:00 pm
See Regs. 16 & 17 below
Springfield issued permit required
- Hunting is restricted to those portions of the area posted as open
- 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.
- All hunters are responsible for following all statewide
regulations and any special regulations posted at parking lots 1, 2, 3 or 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.
- 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.
- It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or consume beer or
any intoxicating liquors before or while hunting on the area.
- 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 square inches.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- All hunters must park in designated parking lots.
- Quail season closes at sunset on December 14th.
- 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.
- Permit issued thru Springfield Office for Sept 1 - 5th of
dove season. Applications accepted beginning in June. (See DNR
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Superintendent: 18750 Lake Road, Morrison, IL 61270. Telephone: 815-772-4708