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George S. Park State Natural Area

2019-2020 Season


Location: From Henry, take Illinois Route 18 east 4.1 miles to a blacktop road, then turn west and go 0.5 mile. The nature preserve is on the north side of the road.

Description: George S. Park Nature Preserve is an 80 acre site, all of which is huntable. This site is a uniform hardwood forest with Poole Creek running through the area.  The topography is rugged with gradual to moderately steep slopes. There is no interior vehicle access.

Species Season Hours Bag Limit
Archery Deer​ Statewide Statewide Statewide
Firearm Deer Statewide Statewide Statewide
Muzzleloader Deer Statewide Statewide Statewide
Late Winter Deer (See #8) Statewide Statewide Statewide

All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations, and Administrative Rules will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive

Special Area Regulations:

  1. All hunters are required to sign in daily no earlier than 5:00 AM  prior to hunting and to check out and report their harvest immediately after the conclusion of the hunt on the sheets provided.
  2. All deer harvested must also be checked in / reported as outlined in the statewide rules & regulations for reporting deer harvested during the regular statewide deer seasons.
  3. Stands must be portable and must be tagged with the hunter's name, address, and phone number. All stands must be removed daily.
  4. Hunters may not exceed posted hunter quota in the field.
  5. All firearm and muzzleloader hunters must wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches while hunting.
  6. Parking is along the county road on the south side of the nature preserve. Please pull off the road as far as possible without entering the nature preserve.
  7. Putnam County permit holders may sign in and hunt. Standby permits not available.
  8. If announced as being open in Putnam County
  9. Further restrictions may exist. See posted regulations before hunting.

It Shall Be Unlawful:

  1. To construct or use any stand or accessory using nails, screws, or any device which pierces, cuts, or otherwise damages the bark of the tree on which it is installed.
  2. To hunt in any area not designated as being open to hunting.
  3. To park anywhere on the site except in designated parking areas.
  4. For unauthorized vehicles to enter upon any trail.
  5. For any person to consume any alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs or to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on the area for the purpose of hunting.
  6. To possess weapons in the field except during hunting hours and while engaged in hunting.
  7. To hunt at night on this area.
  8. To engage in "driving" deer for the purpose of hunting on any IDNR site.
  9. To hunt with other than a shotgun, muzzleloader, or handgun during the firearm deer season, a muzzleloader during the muzzleloader season, or a bow & arrow during archery deer season.

For further information, contact: Site Superintendent; Lake DePue SFWA; 1001 W. 4th Street, Box 52; DePue, IL 61322; Phone 815-447-2353.​​

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.