Crawford County Fish and Wildlife Area

2022-2023 Season


Location: 2 miles southwest of Hutsonville, Illinois

Description: Total Acres: 1,129     Huntable 1,100    Timber Acres: 608     Open, cultivated: 191      Brushy fields: 330

Being roughly bisected from east to west by Hutson Creek, the area is generally rolling. South of the creek is more steeply rolling, and forms a bluff. About 100 acres of bottomland are located adjacent to the creek, mostly on the north side of the stream. Some open land is farmed to improve wildlife habitat and insure abundant, good quality grain foods for game and other wildlife species. The forested areas are high quality mature oak-hickory type.

Legal Game Species:  Deer  Squirrel   Turkey    Quail   Rabbit   Dove   Woodcock   Common Snipe   Furbearers 

Other Facilities Available: Nine ponds, ranging from 1/4 to 2 acres, may be found on the area. Fishing is permitted with pole and line only. The ponds have largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish. One pond has been involved with the Fisheries Division's "catchable trout program." A picnic area is available on a first-come basis.

Approximately 75 acres on the northeast side has been declared a natural area by the Natural Areas Section of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). This area represents a southern bottomland forest community near the northern limits of its occurrence in the state. A large number of different types of ferns, wildflowers, and trees are represented here. This area is open to hunting and nature studies. However, no wildflowers, plants, or trees may be picked or disturbed.

Area Regulations:

Statewide rules and regulations apply at this site, unless otherwise specified. The area is all posted as open to hunting except for small restricted areas around the Headquarters building and picnic areas.

  1. ALL HUNTERS must sign-in before hunting in a box at parking lots or Headquarters, and report their kill on forms provided before leaving the area. Spring Turkey hunters must apply for site specific permit through statewide lottery. Hunters are also asked to fill out Turkey Hunter Survey which will be mailed to them. Spring Turkey hunters need not sign-in/out.
  2. Hunters must park in designated areas. No off-road vehicle use allowed.
  3. See 17 Ill. Adm. Code, Section 650.30 a) for legal hunting devices allowed.
  4. Blaze orange is required while upland game hunting and during firearm deer season.
  5. Dove hunters are required to use size 7 1/2, 8, or 9 bismuth shot, or size 6 or smaller steel shot.
  6. Construction and use of permanent tree stands is prohibited. Portable stands may be used for hunting and may be left unattended overnight during the period September 15 through January 31. Each stand must be legibly marked with the owner's name, address, and telephone number when left unattended overnight. Only one stand is allowed per hunter. No screw-in steps are allowed.
  7. Free Site Hunting Permits (windshield cards) are required for night hunting for furbearers. These are available online at Hunters will be required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information. Failure to submit data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.
  8. Non-toxic shot required for upland hunting.
  9. Youth turkey hunters who wish to hunt the Crawford County SFWMA must first acquire a valid Crawford County youth turkey permit. Once  the valid Crawford County youth turkey permit is acquired,  the hunter must attend an in person site drawing to secure a specific hunting area.  The Crawford County SFWMA is limited to TWO drawn hunting parties per youth season. This Meeting will be held a week to ten days prior to the opening dates of youth season. Please call the site office at Sam Parr SFWMA at (618) 783-2661 for time, date and other details of the drawing. No other youth season or county turkey permits will be valid on the site.
  10. It shall be unlawful for any person to ride a bicycle except on a roadway designated for vehicular use, parking lot, or posted bicycle trail or in a direction opposite of a posted one-way trail.

Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.

For further information, contact Site Superintendent, Sam Parr State Fish & Wildlife Area, 13225 E. State Highway 33, Newton, IL 62448, phone: 618/783-2661; or District Wildlife Biologist, 1231 South West Street, P.O. Box 313, Olney, IL 62450.  618/393-6732.​​​

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.