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Sahara Woods State Recreation Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 3,800
  • Habitat: The area was a former surface mine which consists of spoil ridges interspersed with timber, grasslands, small ponds and a large lake.
  • Digital Map
  • Printable Map

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 must remove tree stands from the area at the end of the day’s hunt.
  • No off-road vehicle access
  • Species-specific rules:

Deer

  • Archery
    • Statewide regulations

Turkey

Waterfowl

  • No waterfowl hunting offered

Squirrels/Rabbits

  • Squirrels
    • Statewide regulations
  • Rabbits
    • Statewide regulations

Upland Birds

  • Dove, Quail, Pheasant
    • Statewide regulations

Furbearers

  • Hunting
    • Statewide regulations
    • Rimfire rifles .22 caliber and smaller may be used from sunset to sunrise.
    • Furbearer hunting closed during Firearm Deer Season
      • Hunters with a valid, unfilled firearm deer permit for the hunt area may take coyotes during legal hours of the firearm deer season. Otherwise, the use of shotgun slugs to take furbearing mammals is prohibited on state sites.
    • Coyote and striped skunk season coincides with the statewide fox season.
    • Windshield Card required
  • Trapping
    • Statewide regulations

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