Union County Hunter Fact Sheet
2012 - 2013 Season
NAME: Union County State Fish & Wildlife Area
LOCATION: 7 miles west of Jonesboro off Route 146 in Union County
DESCRIPTION: Total acres: 6,202 Water Acres: 1,300 Huntable Acres: 2,800 Timber Acres: 1,900
Open, Cultivated, or Fallow Land Acres: 2,950
This area is located in the Lower Mississippi River Bottomlands Division of Illinois. The topography is relatively flat with numerous shallow sloughs and other water areas scattered throughout the area. More prominent water areas include Grassy Lake with 350 acres and Lyerla Lake with 275 acres.
AVAILABLE GAME SPECIES: Canada Geese, Ducks, Doves, Deer, Squirrels
This area is managed primarily for Canada geese and other waterfowl. Approximately 30,000 geese winter here each year. Many other species of waterfowl stop here during the spring and fall migrations. White-tailed deer, bald eagles and many other forms of wildlife are commonly observed by visitors to the area. The Firing Line Unit is open for the hunting of ducks, geese, squirrel, turkey and deer. The Public Duck Hunting Area is located at the south end of the Area. Duck hunting is on a permit basis with $10 permits being issued from the Springfield office upon application by interested hunters. A total of 35 blinds can accommodate 70 hunters per day. This area also has deer, squirrel and dove hunting during specific time periods prior to the duck season. Check at the Area Headquarters or with the local Conservation Police Officer for seasons, bag limits, etc.
OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE: Fishing in Grassy and Lyerla Lakes, Sightseeing, and Wildlife Photography.
For further information, contact the Site Superintendent at Union County Conservation Area, 2755 Refuge Road, Jonesboro, IL 62952, Phone (618) 833-5175 .
PERMIT INFORMATION: Duck hunting applications are available here or from the Permit Office: Illinois Department of Natural Resources, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702.
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, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; 217/785-0067; TTY 217/782-9175.