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Sielbeck Forest

2020-2021 Season


NAME: Sielbeck Forest State Natural Area

LOCATION: Approximately 3 miles northwest of Metropolis and 2 miles east of State Route 45 on Upper Salem Road, in Massac County

DESCRIPTION: Total Acres 385      Mature Floodplain Forest - 110 acres        Forested Swamp - 35 acres

Due to the foresight by the previous owners, magnificent oaks and ancient cypress trees dominate a floodplain forest of 110 acres on part of the 385 acres. Reforestation is being phased in over a five year period on all cropland acres. In addition to the floodplain forest, 275 upland acres provide hunting opportunities as well. Two ponds on the site provide fishing opportunities and hiking is allowed although there are no improved trails.


Deer     Furbearers    Squirrel   Quail    Rabbit    Wild Turkey    Woodcock    Waterfowl    Dove


  1. A "No Hunting" zone exists on the property and is posted.
  2. No overnight camping is allowed.
  3. Statewide hunting regulations apply to this site except for site specific regulations as listed.
  4. All hunters must register with the windshield card program before hunting.  Hunters are advised that windshield cards to hunt all species are now ONLY available online from the IDNR homepage - dnr2.illinois.gov/Windshieldcard .  Navigate to "Hunting/Trapping", then "Public Hunting Areas", select Region 5 to print these permits.  All 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. 
  5. On all DNR sites during pheasant, rabbit, quail, and partridge season, hunters and trappers are required to wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches while trapping or hunting pheasant, quail, Hungarian partridge, rabbit, snipe, rail, and woodcock.
  6. It is illegal to construct or use any tree stand using nails, screws or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. Tree stands that are used for hunting deer must be legibly marked with the owner's name, address, and telephone number when left unattended. Tree stands may be left unattended from Sept 15 - Jan 31. Only one tree stand per hunter.
  7. It is unlawful for any person using Department of Natural Resources facilities to discard, abandon, place, or deposit on Department of Natural Resources properties, except in containers provided, any wire, cans, bottles, glass, paper trash, rubbish, garbage, cardboard, wood boxes or other insoluble animal, vegetable, metal, or mineral materials.
  8. Trapper can use only water sets and must have a registered windshield card.
  9. Youth Waterfowl season is held the weekend preceding the South Zone duck opener.

For further information, contact: Site Superintendent, Fort Massac State Park, 1308 East 5th Street, Metropolis, IL 62960; Phone: (618) 524-4712.

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.