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Fox Ridge State Park

2021 - 2022 Season

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Location: Eight miles southeast of Charleston, 12 miles north of Greenup on Illinois Route 130. 

Description:The area lies along the Embarras River, and is characterized by wooded ravines, conifer plantations, and native and restored prairie openings. The woodlands at Fox Ridge are the largest contiguous block of mature hardwoods in the Embarras basin.

Total Acres: 2078

Huntable Acres: 1082

Open Acres: 252

Timbered Acres: 950


Available Game Species:

Species

Season

Hours

Special Regulations

Dove

Statewide

Noon to 5 PM Sept. 1 - 5
Noon to Sunset after Sept. 5

Free Windshield Card

Rail

Statewide

Statewide Open - 4 PM Close

Free Windshield Card

Woodcock

Statewide

Statewide Open - 4 PM Close

Free Windshield Card

Quail

Statewide

Statewide Open - 4 PM Close

Free Windshield Card

Pheasant

Statewide

Statewide Open - 4 PM Close

Free Windshield Card

Wild Turkey

(Spring Shotgun)

Statewide

Statewide

Site-specific permit

​Wild Turkey

(Fall Archery)

​Statewide

​Statewide

​Free Windshield Card

Rabbit

Statewide

Statewide Open - 4 PM Close

Free Windshield Card

Squirrel

Statewide

Statewide

Free Windshield Card

Waterfowl

Statewide

Statewide

Free Windshield Card

Deer (Firearm)

Statewide

Statewide

Site-specific permit

Deer (Archery)

Statewide

Statewide

Free Windshield Card

Furbearers

Statewide

Coyote hunting only allowed during statewide Fox season

Statewide

Free Windshield Card

​Youth Firearm Deer

​Statewide

​Statewide

Youth Deer Permit

  

Site Regulations: 

  1. Free windshield cards are required for species as noted. These are available online at:  dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/. 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.
  2. Hunting is restricted to designated wildlife management areas, including the Sherwood Tract on the south side of the park for most species.  However, raccoon hunting is allowed throughout Fox Ridge State Park, except for within 300 yards of the two site residences - site residence and Ridge Lake residence.
  3. All hunters must park in a designated hunter parking lot in order to hunt.
  4. Dove hunters must use non-toxic shot, size 6 or smaller. 
  5. No trapping is allowed on this site.
  6. No permanent tree stands or stands/steps which pierce the bark of trees are permitted. Check with Site Superintendent for regulations on use of tree stands.  Deer hunters are allowed no more than one stand or ground blind per hunter. Stands must have the name and address of the hunter visible from the ground. Stands and ground blinds must be put up no earlier than September 15th prior to archery deer season and must be removed no later than January 31 after archery deer season.
  7. Squirrels may be taken with .22 caliber rimfire rifle, air rifle, shotgun, or muzzleloader.
  8. Waterfowl hunting is limited to the Embarras River and its floodwaters in the wildlife management area. Permanent blinds and/or pits are prohibited.
  9. Non-toxic shot must be used for all waterfowl hunting.
  10. The area is closed to all hunting activity other than deer hunting during the firearm deer season.
  11. Hunters engaged in quail, rabbit, or pheasant hunting must wear a cap and upper outer garment of blaze orange of at least 400 square inches.
  12. Shotgun, muzzleloader and handgun are allowed during the firearm deer season. All state regulations apply. Consult the Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations for caliber and usage restrictions.
  13. This area is subject to prescribed burns in the fall. Burns will be announced prior to ignition by 3 horn blasts.

IN ALL CASES, ask site personnel about current regulations, special rules, and site conditions.

Other facilities: Picnicking, camping, hiking, fishing (fishing at Ridge Lake is by reservation only with the Illinois Natural History Survey), fitness trail.

No camping in the wildlife management area. See Paul C. Burrus Habitat Area hunter fact sheet 

For more information, contact: Site Superintendent at 217-345-6416. For general information about hunting regulations and applications please click here.


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.