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Skinner Farm State Habitat Area (I-24)

2020-2021 Season


NAME: Skinner Farm (I-24) State Habitat Area (Satellite area of Ferne Clyffe State Park)

LOCATION: 2 miles south of Illinois Route 146, on the Old Metropolis Road (frontage road on west side of I-24), Vienna Township, Johnson County, Illinois


DESCRIPTION: This area is composed of open fields and planted crops to enhance wildlife. This area also has a small amount of acreage in brush and woodland.



  1. All hunters must SIGN IN and OUT and report harvest each day at the registration boxes before leaving the site.
  2. Dove hunting hours are Noon to 5:00 p.m. daily September 1st-5th. Statewide dove hunting regulations will apply to this site after Sept. 5th.
  3. There will be a quota of 30 dove hunters per day. The number of dove hunters will be regulated, for safety purposes. REGISTRATION WILL BE AT THE AREA PARKING LOT AT 10:30 AM. IF MORE THAN 30 HUNTERS HAVE REGISTERED BY 11:00 AM, A PUBLIC DRAWING WILL BE CONDUCTED TO ALLOT THE HUNTER QUOTA. Dove hunters shall use only approved non-toxic shot (as defined by U.S. Fish and Wildife Service in 50 CFR 20) such as bismuth size 7.5 or smaller, steel shot size 6 or smaller in the area.
  4. Regulations for all other huntable species shall coincide with statewide season dates, hunting hours, and limits.
  5. It is illegal to construct or use any tree stand or tree climbing equipment; using nails, screws or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed or used. 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.
  6. It is unlawful to drive deer, or participate in a deer drive, on all Department
    owned or managed properties during all deer seasons.
  7. It is unlawful to use or occupy a ground blind during any firearm deer season on public land unless at least 400 square inches of solid vivid blaze orange material is securely attached to the uppermost portion of the blind and a substantial amount of orange is visible for 360 degrees.
  8. No crow hunting is allowed on this area.
  9. 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.
  10. Hunting will be in designated areas only.

For further information, contact: Site Superintendent, Ferne Clyffe State Park, P.O. Box 10, Goreville, IL 62939; Phone: (618) 995-2411​​

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.