Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area (Upland)

2022 - 2023 Season


Location: Henry County - 6 miles north of Kewanee and 6 miles south of Interstate 80 on Highway 78.

Description: Total Acres 1,361. Huntable Acres: 862. Habitat types: Timber - 100 acres; Brush - 100 acres; Grass or cultivated acres - 650. The area is one of gently rolling topography. Much of the area consists of grassy areas interspersed with cultivated fields, brushy draws, and small woodlots. This area provides excellent hunting opportunity for the common game species found in northwestern Illinois. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.




Bag Limits

Special Area Regulations

Pheasant, Bobwhite Quail, Hungarian Partridge, & Rabbit

Statewide (see #1 for exceptions).

See #3.

Statewide (see #10 for exceptions.)

See below.

Rabbit (non-controlled upland hunt season)

After close of controlled upland hunts through end of statewide season.



See below.

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

Special Area Regulations:

  1. Statewide except closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Also closed the Thursday and Friday after the first Saturday in November when the first Saturday in November is November 1 through 3.The Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt is the first Saturday following the opening of the statewide upland game season (permit required). Youth hunting opportunities are the Sunday after Thanksgiving and the Friday after Christmas. All hunting seasons may be subject to early closure. Contact site for details.
  2. A manned check station is operated during the upland game season. Hunters must check in and out of that station. Permits are available online. Permit holders must be present.
  3. Registered hunter check-in: 8:00 – 8:30 AM, Stand-by drawing: 8:30 AM, Hunting: 9 AM - 4 PM. Thanksgiving Day: 9AM - 1 PM.
  4. A fee is charged for hunting during the site hunting season.
  5. Daily hunter quota in place at this site. Registered hunters will be randomly assigned a hunting location upon check-in.  In the event that a registered hunter is a “no-show”, a stand-by drawing will be held to fill that vacancy.  If necessary, a stand-by drawing will be held at 8:30 a.m.
  6. Hunting is restricted to those areas posted as open to hunting. Hunters with weapons are not allowed in the field except during hunting hours.
  7. Hunters must hunt in assigned areas until 10 AM. All fields must be cleared and game checked in by 4:00 PM.
  8. Hunters engaged in hunting pheasant, quail, rabbit, or partridge are required to wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches.
  9. Non-toxic shot only! Only non-toxic shot (as defined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 50 CFR 20), size #3 or smaller steel, #4 or smaller bismuth, # 5 or smaller tungsten-iron, tungsten polymer, or tungsten-matrix shot may be possessed. Only flu flu arrows may be used by bow and arrow hunters.
  10. Pheasant - 2 (either sex may be harvested), bobwhite quail - 8, Hungarian partridge - 2, rabbit – 4
  11. Rabbit hunting (non-fee) opens the Monday following the close of the controlled pheasant hunting season through the close of rabbit season. All rabbit hunting before this date follows the regulations of the controlled (fee) upland game season.


  • To park anywhere on the site except in the designated parking lots & for unauthorized vehicles to enter upon any trail.
  • To hunt with other than a shotgun or bow & arrow with flu flu arrows
  • For any person to consume any alcoholic beverage or illegal drug or to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on the area for the purpose of hunting.

Other Facilities / Activities Available: Camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, cross country skiing.

For further information contact: Johnson Sauk Trail State Park; 28616 Sauk Trail Road; Kewanee, IL 61443

Phone: (309) 853-2425

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.