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Prairie Ridge State Natural Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 455 (Archery Deer Hunting) or 2916 (Firearm Deer Hunting)
  • Habitat: Prairie Ridge SNA contains native tall-grass prairies and marshlands. Great care is taken to ensure the continued protection and presence of a number of endangered species. Prairie Ridge has the distinction of having the state’s only breeding population of the state-endangered greater prairie-chicken.
  • Digital Map
  • Printable Map – Firearm Deer
  • Printable Map – Archery Deer

Site Specific Regulations

  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter.
  • Site requires use of windshield card, displayed on vehicle dashboard, to report hunting effort and harvest by 15 February.
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • Hunters should avoid disturbance to the natural community due to the presence of endangered species and must use extreme care not to injure non-targeted species.
  • Hunters must not enter restricted areas. No hunting is allowed at the land sections owned by the Illinois Audubon Society, which are the Robert Ridgeway Grassland and the Graber Grassland.
  • A person must gain permission from site manager to enter area, except an archery deer hunter during season at selected tract and a firearm deer hunter with valid site-specific permit (Prairie Ridge SNA) during his or her firearm deer hunting season.
  • Species-specific rules:

Deer

  • One non-piercing, portable tree stand or ground blind is allowed per hunter.
  • Stands and ground blinds may be left unattended from September 15 to January 31 and must be marked with owner’s name, address and telephone number.
  • Ground blinds, if used during firearm or muzzleloader deer seasons, must display blaze orange, visible from all directions.
  • Archery
    • Archery deer hunting is open on 4 selected tracts only. (See map.)
    • Archery deer hunting is closed during the statewide firearm deer seasons, but continues through the youth, muzzleloader, and late winter deer seasons.
  • Firearm
    • A site-specific permit, issued for Prairie Ridge SNA, is required. 
    • Only selected tracts at this site are open for the firearm deer season.
  • Muzzleloader
    • Only select tracts are open to firearm deer hunting.
    • A site-specific permit is required.
    • Muzzleloader deer season is closed during the second firearm deer season.
    • Only selected tracts at this site are open for deer hunting.

Turkey

  • Turkey hunting is not permitted.

Waterfowl

  • Waterfowl hunting is not permitted.

Squirrels/Rabbits

  • Squirrel and rabbit hunting are not permitted.

Upland Birds

  • Upland bird hunting is not permitted.

Furbearers

  • Furbearer trapping and furbearer hunting are not permitted.

Amenities

  • None