Sielbeck Forest Hunter Fact Sheet 

2013 - 2014 Season



NAME: Sielbeck Forest Natural Area

LOCATION: Approximately 3 miles northwest of Metropolis and 2 miles east of State Route 45 on Upper Salem Road, in Massac County

DESCRIPTION: Total Acres 385      Mature Floodplain Forest - 110 acres        Forested Swamp - 35 acres

Due to the foresight by the previous owners, magnificent oaks and ancient cypress trees dominate a floodplain forest of 110 acres on part of the 385 acres. Reforestation is being phased in over a five year period on all cropland acres. In addition to the floodplain forest, 275 upland acres provide hunting opportunities as well. Two ponds on the site provide fishing opportunities and hiking is allowed although there are no improved trails.


Deer   Squirrel   Quail  Rabbit  Turkey  Woodcock   Waterfowl   Dove


  1. A "No Hunting" zone exists on the property and is posted.
  2. No overnight camping is allowed.
  3. Statewide hunting regulations apply to this site except for site specific regulations as listed.
  4. All hunters must use the windshield registration program.
  5. 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.
  6. It is illegal to construct or use any tree stand using nails, screws or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. 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 1 - Jan 31. Only one tree stand per hunter.
  7. It is unlawful for any person using Department of Natural Resources facilities to discard, abandon, place, or deposit on Department of Natural Resources properties, except in containers provided, any wire, cans, bottles, glass, paper trash, rubbish, garbage, cardboard, wood boxes or other insoluble animal, vegetable, metal, or mineral materials.

For further information, contact: Site Superintendent, Mermet Lake Fish & Wildlife Area, 1812 Grinnell Road, Belknap, IL 62908; Phone: (618) 524-5577, or District Wildlife Biologist, Rt 2, Box 177B, Golconda, IL 62938; Phone: (618) 949-3476.

Equal opportunity to participate in programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and those funded by the US 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 217/782-917