Bohm Woods Nature Preserve

2022-2023 Season

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INTRODUCTION: The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreational opportunities for the residents of this State. This area is managed by the Department and the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission as a high-quality mesic upland forest, dry-mesic upland forest, wet floodplain forest and grassland area within the Glaciated Section of the Middle Mississippi Border Natural Division. The area is unique to the state and is protected by state statute as a dedicated Nature Preserve.

LOCATION: The Nature preserve is located northwest of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus, and on the west side of Poag Road. The entrance is at the junction of Poag Road and Bohm School Road.

SETTING: The hunting area consists of 90 acres. The majority of the parcel is composed of upland woodland with several small grassland parcels interspersed on the east and west sides of the property. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site. 


  1. Archery deer hunters must possess and display a Site permit/harvest report on the dash of the vehicle while hunting.
  2. The harvest report form must be returned to the Site office at the conclusion of hunting at the Nature Preserve or by January 31 or the hunter will forfeit hunting privileges at the Site the following season.
  3. It is unlawful to possess or consume alcoholic beverages or leave any trash while on the Nature preserve property.
  4. Parking is limited, thus permit holders are requested to park at the designated parking location.


  1. A Special Permit is required to archery hunt deer at this Site.  Applications are available on-line or at the Park office.  Applications will be accepted from March 1 to March 31 and must be in the Park office by close of business March 31. A drawing will be held on the first week day in April at the Park office to determine successful applicants. Only successful applicants will be notified by mail once the drawing is complete.
  2. Two (2) archery hunting permits are allocated via the Site drawing for each of the thirteen (13) one week sessions.
  3. It will be unlawful to construct or to use any tree stand using nails, screws, wire or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. All tree stands must be portable.  One stand per hunter.   Any stand left unattended during the week hunted must be tagged and labeled with name, address and telephone number. 
  4. An antlerless deer must be harvested prior to the harvest of an antlered deer. All deer harvested must be reported to the IL  Check System per Statewide regulations. There is no limit on the number of antlerless deer that may be harvested with the proper permits.
  5. Open during the Youth, Muzzleloader, and Late Winter Firearm Deer Seasons. All hunters must wear a solid blaze orange cap and vest as required for firearm deer hunting during these seasons.
  6. While held to a minimum, successful applicants should be aware that natural resource management activities such as
    prescribed burning and non-native plant control may be conducted during the archery season.
  7. Permits are not transferable.
  8. Statewide hunting hours are in effect.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Horseshoe Lake State Park at (618) 931-0270. ​​​​​​

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.