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Burning Star

2020-2021 Season


LOCATION: This site is located between DeSoto, Hurst and Elkville bordered by Route 149 to the south and east, Elkville blacktop to the north and US Highway 51 to the west in Jackson County, Illinois.


Total Acres: 4,508
Huntable Acres: 4,508
Habitat Type Acres: Forest 1,524; Cropland 1,126; Shrubland 795; Lakes 551; Grasslands 287; Wetlands 163; Roads and Service Area 52;

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources purchased 4,508 acres from Consolidation Coal Company in December 2014. The area is dominated by large tracts of forestland which are interspersed with cropland, lakes, wetlands, shrubland and grassland.

AVAILABLE GAME SPECIES: Squirrel, White-tailed Deer (Archery, Firearm, Muzzleloader, Youth), Turkey (Spring Firearm Only), Dove, Teal, Woodcock, Snipe, Rail, Crow, Furbearer Trapping, and Furbearer Hunting.


  1. Hunters are advised that Windshield Cards are required to hunt all species which are available from the IDNR Homepage https://dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/. ALL hunters are required to have a state hunting permit. Hunters are required to return to this website prior to February 15 to record harvest information. Failure to submit harvest data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.
  2. Hunters must maintain accurate records of each hunt.
  3. The site is closed to all persons not turkey hunting with a valid site permit until 1pm each day of the spring wild turkey hunting season.
  4. Firearm deer hunters, except youth and spring turkey hunters must apply to permit office in Springfield for a site specific permit which is available through the statewide lottery.
  5. It is illegal to construct or use any tree stand using nails, screws or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree which is was installed. Tree stands and tents which are used for deer hunting must be removed from the area at the end of each day's hunt. Camouflage deer tents/blinds used during firearm deer seasons must display 400 square inches of blaze orange.
  6. Dove hunting hours are sunrise to sunset, non-toxic shot only, size 6 or smaller.
  7. Teal, rail and snipe hunting hours are sunrise to sunset, non-toxic shot.
  8. Crow hunting hours are 30 minutes prior to sunrise to sunset.
  9. Woodcock hunting hours are sunrise to sunset, statewide regulations.
  10. Furbearer hunting - statewide regulations
  11. Furbearer trapping - statewide regulations
  12. All motor vehicles will be prohibited from driving on all interior roads. All travel will be on foot or bicycle, resulting in some difficultly in accessing some portions of the area.
  13. Do not PARK in front of gates.
  14. The area will be CLOSED to fishing November 1 through last day of February.
  15. Statewide regulations unless specified.


For further information, contact: Site Superintendent at Pyramid State Park, 1562 Pyramid Park Road, Pinckneyville, IL 62274. Phone: (618) 357-2574.

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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.