Harry "Babe" Woodyard State Natural Area

2022-2023 Season


LOCATION: The Harry "Babe" Woodyard State Natural Area is located 2.5 miles south east of Georgetown in southeast Vermilion County.


OPEN ACRES: 298.5    

The Natural Area is characterized by major habitat areas consisting of forest (73%); grassland (8%); shrubs (2%) and cropland (17%).


Deer (Bow) See Below Statewide​ Windshield Card
Deer (Firearm) Statewide Statewide Site Specific Permit Required
​Deer (Muzzleloader) ​Closed Second Firearm Deer Season ​Statewide ​Site Specific Permit Required
Quail See Below 8 AM - 4 PM Free Upland Permit Required
Pheasant (Cock) See Below 8 AM - 4 PM Free Upland Permit Required
Rabbit See Below 8 AM - 4 PM Free Upland Permit Required
Turkey - Fall Archery Statewide Statewide
Windshield Card
Turkey (Spring) Statewide Statewide Site Specific Permit Required
Turkey (Spring Youth) Statewide Statewide Special Hunt Area Permit Required
Woodcock See Below 4 P.M. Closing Windshield Card
Dove Statewide See Below Windshield Card
Squirrel Statewide Statewide Windshield Card
Raccoon (Trapping) Statewide Statewide Windshield Card
Furbearers Statewide Statewide Windshield Card


  1. Windshield cards are required for species a noted. These are available online at https://dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/. Hunters will be required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information. For Free Upland Game Permit areas, a Free Upland Game Permit Application must be submitted online for a lottery drawing to be held in August. The application is available at https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/hunting/Pages/UplandGame.aspx. Hunters will be required to return their harvest card prior to February 15th each year. Failure to submit data/card will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.
  2. Hunting is restricted to those portions of the area posted to hunting. It is illegal to construct or use a tree stand using nails, screws or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. Hunters must remove tree stands daily. Windshield card number must be displayed on tree stand.
  3. The hunting area will be closed to all other activities during Firearm Deer Season, Muzzleloader Deer Season, and Spring Turkey Season.
  4. Free Upland Permits are issued for the first and second day of the statewide upland game season and on each subsequent Wednesday and Saturday in November and on each Thursday and Sunday in December, through December 24, except during the firearm deer season and open December 27 and 29. Hunting hours and limits are  8 AM - 4 PM 
  5. Woodcock hunting opens with statewide season and closes October 31st.
  6. Pheasant, rabbit and quail hunting is by free Permit Only. The successful permit holder may bring 3 hunting partners for a total of 4 hunters.  
  7. Raccoon trapping is allowed by permit issued by public drawing. Trappers must use only Egg Traps, D-P (Dog-Proof) Traps, box traps, cage traps, and traps of similar design. 
  8. Dove Hunting is Sept. 1-5, Noon through 5 P.M. Statewide hours apply during the remainder of the dove season.  Lottery held for first 5 days of dove season at 11 A.M. Windshield Card required. Non-toxic shot required, size 6 or smaller.
  9. Coyote hunting season coincides with statewide fox season. Hours coincide with statewide regulations. Legal firearms include rimfire rifles and shotguns, no slugs allowed.
  10. Authorized night hunters may use .22 caliber rimfire rifles in pursuit of furbearers.

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

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

OTHER FACILITIES: Fishing and hiking.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Kickapoo State Recreation Area Site Office at (217) 442-4915. 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.