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Sahara Woods SRA

2021-2022 Season


Location: This site is located 3 miles northwest of Carrier Mills, 5 miles west of Harrisburg.  Route 13 west from Harrisburg, south on Carrier Mills blacktop, west on Town Park Road.

Sahara Woods encompasses approximately 4,100 acres.  The area was a former surface mine which consists of spoil ridges interspersed with timber, grasslands, small ponds and a large lake.
Total Acres: 4,100; Lakes, Ponds, Wetlands: 275; Open, Non-cultivated: 2,300; Timber, Brushy Areas: 1,500

Available Species: Deer; Dove; Quail; Pheasant; Rabbit; Squirrel; Turkey; Furbearers

Site Regulations:

  1. Hunters are advised that "windshield cards" are required to hunt all species available from the IDNR website.  Navigate to "Hunting/Trapping", then "Public Hunting Areas", and select Region 5 to print these permits.  ALL hunters are required to have a state hunting permit.  Hunters are required to return to this website prior to February 15 to record harvest information.  Failure to submit harvest data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year. 
  2. All motorized vehicles must remain on roads or in access areas and park in designated areas or adjacent to roads.
  3. Portable stands only for deer hunting. No permanent stands, screw-in steps or other devices that pierce the bark of trees. Stands must be marked with the hunter's name, address and phone number. Stands may be left unattended Sept. 1 - Jan. 31. Only one stand per hunter.
  4. Hunting is allowed only in those areas posted as open and as indicated on map.
  5. Spring firearm turkey hunters must apply for a site specific permit to hunt the area which is available from the permit office through the statewide lottery.
  6. All upland game hunters engaged in quail or rabbit hunting must wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches.
  7. Statewide regulations apply, unless otherwise specified.

For more information contact:  Sahara Woods State Recreation Area, (618) 994-2022 or the Saline County SFWA, (618) 276-4405.​​​

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.