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Ten Mile Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area

2020-2021 Season

MAP    Special Hunting Regulations                         

Location: Headquarters 4 miles west of McLeansboro on State Highway 14

Description:
Approximate composition (acres):

Total Acres 5846
 
Timber 1492
Huntable Acres 4995
 
Cropland 2570
Waterfowl Rest Area* 250   Ponds, wetland, lakes 441
  Open, non-cultivated 1477

*Rest Area closed during regular Canada Goose season only

Ten-Mile Creek SFWA is located in Hamilton and Jefferson counties. Four separate units are managed for public hunting. The two Jefferson county tracts were mined prior to acquisition. The Belle Rive unit (1460 acres) contains a Waterfowl Rest Area.  It is approximately 56% mined land with new mine law reclamation completed. The Eads unit (1550 acres) was approximately 83% mined and reclaimed under pre-law standards.

The two Hamilton county tracts remain unmined. The Dahlgren unit (1120 acres) contains a good mix of farm fields and forest habitats typical to this part of Illinois. It ranges from high and dry, to low and wet. Much of the wetland had been prior converted to cropland in the Big Creek watershed. The Goshen Trail unit is the southernmost unit (1690 acres) and is mostly upland. A very good mix of cropland, woodland, and open fields makes this area very attractive to a wide variety of wildlife. In addition to the strip pit lakes, numerous ponds dot the landscape of this Site. Many are stocked with bass, bluegill, channel catfish, and some of the strip lakes contain crappie, as well.

Other Facilities Available:  Fishing, boating (10 hp maximum), hiking trails; firearms range, archery range, and hand trap range.

GENERAL SITE REGULATIONS

  1. ​​Free Windshield Cards are required for all species as noted. These are available online at www.idnr.illinois.gov. Navigate to "hunting/trapping" and then to "public hunting areas" to print these permits. This permit must be displayed in the windshield while hunting. Hunters will then be required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information. Failure to report harvest will result in loss of hunting privileges at the site for the following year. Spring turkey permits are site specific and issued from the Springfield permit office via the statewide application process. Springfield permit holders will also need to obtain a windshield card/harvest report form from www.dnr.illinois.gov and return to the website prior to February 15th each year to report harvest. Springfield issued permts are not Jefferson or Hamilton county permits, but site specific permits issued to Ten Mile Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area only in either Jefferson or Hamilton counties.

  2. No hunting may be done in restricted areas, developed recreation areas, or within 100 yards of construction sites or residences.

  3. No permanent tree stands may be constructed nor may any hunting be done from a permanent stand. Any tree stand or ground blind must be portable. No stands or steps that pierce the bark of the tree are allowed.

  4. When hunting or scouting, ALL VEHICLES MUST BE PARKED AT DESIGNATED AREAS (no ATV access)

  5. It is unlawful for any person to consume, possess, or be under the influence of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs while on site for the purpose of hunting or trapping. Any person who violates site specific regulations shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.

SPECIES SPECIFIC REGULATIONS
Deer (Archery)
  1. Statewide regulations
  2. Only one tree stand or ground blind is allowed per deer permit holder. Tree stands and ground blinds may be left unattended. Any tree stand or ground blind left unattended overnight must be legibly marked with the owner's name, address and telephone number or their site assigned identification number. 
  3. No hunter shall place a tree stand or ground blind prior to two weeks before the opening of archery deer season and all hunters must remove their deer stands no later than two weeks after the final day of legal deer hunting.
  4. Areas designated as waterfowl refuge are closed to all access during Canada goose season
Deer (Firearm)
  1. Hunters must possess a county permit to hunt that part of the site for which the county permit applies.
  2. Only one tree stand or ground blind is allowed per deer permit holder. Tree stands and ground blinds may be left unattended. Any tree stand or ground blind left unattended overnight must be legibly marked with the owner's name, address and telephone number or their site assigned identification number. 
  3. No hunter shall place a tree stand or ground blind prior to two weeks before the opening of firearm deer season and all hunters must remove their deer stands no later than two weeks after the final day of legal deer hunting.
  4. Areas designated as waterfowl refuge are closed to all access during Canada goose season
Deer (Youth Firearm)
  1. Hunters must possess a county permit to hunt that part of the site for which the county permit applies.
  2. Only one tree stand or ground blind is allowed per deer permit holder. Tree stands and ground blinds may be left unattended. Any tree stand or ground blind left unattended overnight must be legibly marked with the owner's name, address and telephone number or their site assigned identification number. 
  3. No hunter shall place a tree stand or ground blind prior to two weeks before the opening of youth firearm deer season and all hunters must remove their deer stands no later than two weeks after the final day of legal deer hunting.
  4. Areas designated as waterfowl refuge are closed to all access during Canada goose season
Deer (Muzzleloading Rifle)
  1. Hunters must possess a county permit to hunt that part of the site for which the county permit applies.
  2. Only one tree stand or ground blind is allowed per deer permit holder. Tree stands and ground blinds may be left unattended. Any tree stand or ground blind left unattended overnight must be legibly marked with the owner's name, address and telephone number or their site assigned identification number. 
  3. No hunter shall place a tree stand or ground blind prior to two weeks before the opening of muzzleloading deer season and all hunters must remove their deer stands no later than two weeks after the final day of legal deer hunting.
  4. Areas designated as waterfowl refuge are closed to all access during Canada goose season
Deer (Late Winter) (Hamilton County only)
  1. Hunters must possess a Hamilton county permit to hunt the site
  2. Only one tree stand or ground blind is allowed per deer permit holder. Tree stands and ground blinds may be left unattended. Any tree stand or ground blind left unattended overnight must be legibly marked with the owner's name, address and telephone number or their site assigned identification number. 
  3. No hunter shall place a tree stand or ground blind prior to two weeks before the opening of late winter deer season and all hunters must remove their deer stands no later than two weeks after the final day of legal deer hunting.
  4. Areas designated as waterfowl refuge are closed to all access during Canada goose season
​​Squirrel
  1. ​Statewide regulations
  2. Hunting with a .22 caliber or smaller rimfire firearms, .25 caliber or smaller air rifle, or muzzleloading black powder rifles is allowed.
​​Turkey (Spring)​

  1. ​Hunters must apply to Springfield permit office for permits. Permits are non-transferable
  2. Ten(10) permit hunters per season will be allowed to hunt the entire site
Turkey (Spring Youth)
  1. Youth hunters are required to have a youth turkey permit for the county they are hunting.
Turkey (Fall Archery)
   1. Statewide regulations

Turkey (Fall Gun)
  1. Hunters must apply to Springfield Permit office for permits. Permits are non-transferable.
  2. Twelve (12) permit hunters will be allowed to hunt the entire site.
Furbearer Hunting
  1. Statewide regulations, except coyote, striped skunk, and woodchuck only are allowed 
  2. Coyote and striped skunk are allowed year round
  3. Groundhog hunting is allowed
  4. .22 caliber or smaller rimfire firearms permitted for use 24 hours per day
  5. Areas designated as waterfowl refuge are closed to all access during Canada goose season
Furbearer Trapping​​​​​ ​​​​​
  1. Statewide regulations
  2. A vaild site permit is required for trapping. Permits are allocated at the site office upon request
  3. Only Egg Traps, D-P (Dog-Proof) Traps, Lil Grizz Get'rz, box traps, cage traps, and traps of similar design may be used for land sets; only body-gripping traps with a jaw spread of 5 inches or less, foothold traps with a jaw spread of 4 1/2 inches or less and square body-gripping traps with a 10 inch jaw spread may be used for water sets; snares may be used for water sets.
  4. Trappers must stay in their assigned area. All traps must be tagged with the trapper's name or IDNR customer number.
  5. Areas designated as waterfowl refuge are closed to all access during Canada goose season
Upland Game
  1. Statewide regulations
  2. Areas designated as waterfowl refuge are closed to all access during Canada goose season
  3. Non-toxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of size #3 steel or tin, #4 bismuth shot or #5 tungsten-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-matrix or smaller may be used or possessed on posted waterfowl rest areas
 Crow
  1. Statewide regulations
  2. Crow hunting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
  3. All harvested crows must be removed from State property and disposed of properly
  4. Non-toxic shot only in waterfowl rest areas. No centerfire rifles allowed.
Woodcock, Snipe and Rail Hunting
  1. Statewide regulations
  2. It shall be unlawful while attempting to take woodcock to have in possession any shotgun shells not approved as non-toxic by federal regulations while hunting in waterfowl rest areas
Teal
  1. Statewide regulations
Dove
  1. Statewide regulations, except that hunting hours will be sunrise to 11:30 am daily September 1st-5th; season closes on the statewide closing. A drawing will be held one hour before sunrise if there are more hunters than can be accommodated
  2. Hunting is restricted to managed field(s)
  3. NON-TOXIC SHOT only required in areas posted as rest area (Goose Refuge) , No 6 steel or No. 7 1/2 bismuth shot or smaller is allowed
  4. Harvested doves must be kept in spearate bags by each hunter
  5. No cleaning doves is permitted on the site
  6. It is the hunters responsibility to remove all refuse, including empty shotghun shells, from the hunting area once they have finished hunting.
Waterfowl (Youth)
  1. The youth hunt is typically held on the weekend preceding the Illinois south central zone duck season opener
  2. Youth hunters must be 15 years of age or younger and must have a hunting license and HIP registration number
  3. Accompaying adults are not allowed to hunt
  4. All regulations listed under waterfowl shall apply
Waterfowl-Ducks, Geese, Coots
  1. Hunting is allowed in all locations, except the designated waterfowl rest areas, and on a first come, first served basis
  2. Hunting hours are from legal opening until sunset
  3. No permanent blinds allowed
  4. Each hunting party is required to hunt over a minimum of 12 decoys at each blind site, and all decoys must be picked up at the end of each day's hunt.
  5. Areas designated as waterfowl rest areas are closed to all access during the Canada goose season only.
Waterfowl-Early and Late Goose (all species)
  1. Waterfowl rest areas are open to hunting during goose seasons before and after the regular goose season.​

For more information, contact Site Superintendent, Ten Mile Creek FWA, 4283 State Route 14, McLeansboro, IL 62859, phone 618/643-2862; or, District Wildlife Biologist, 13999 E. Game- Farm Rd., Mt. Vernon, IL 62864, 618/242-2062.

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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.