Location: Bureau and Putnam Counties. On the west
side of Route 29, 3.5 miles north of Putnam or 3.5 miles south of Bureau
Description: This site occupies 520 acres, 482 of which
are huntable, and is situated west of Goose Lake, a backwater area of the
Illinois River. The site contains various plant communities, such as old growth
oak-hickory upland forest, maple-basswood forest, sedge meadow, seep springs,
and hill prairie. There are developed trails, parking, and informational signs
available. The terrain can be very rugged and there is no interior vehicle
access for the public.
Available Game Species:
Later Winter Deer (See #7)
All regulations found in
the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations, and Administrative Rules will
apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.
Special Area Regulations:
hunters are required to sign in daily no earlier than 5 AM prior to
hunting and to check out and report their harvest immediately after the
conclusion of the hunt on the sheets provided.
must be portable and must be tagged with the hunter's name, address, and phone
number. All stands must be removed daily.
may not exceed posted hunter quota in the field.
hunters engaged in firearm deer hunting are required to wear a cap and upper
outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches.
County permit holders may hunt the Bureau County portion of the site and Putman
County permit holders may hunt the Putman County portion of the site. Standby
permits are not available.
deer harvested must also be checked in / reported as outlined in the statewide
rules & regulations for reporting deer harvested during the regular statewide
County portion open if Bureau County is announced as being open. Putnam County portion is open if Putnam County is announced
as being open.
restrictions may exist. See posted regulations before hunting.
It Shall Be Unlawful:
construct or use any stand, blind, or accessory using nails, screws, or any
device which pierces, cuts, or otherwise damages the bark of any tree.
hunt in any area not designated as being open to hunting.
park anywhere on the site except in designated parking areas.
unauthorized vehicles to enter upon any trail.
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
- To possess
weapons in the field except during hunting hours and while engaged in hunting.
hunt at night on this area.
engage in "driving" deer for the purpose of hunting on any IDNR site.
For further information
Superintendent - Lake DePue SFWA; P.O. Box 52; DePue,
Phone: (815) 447-2353