Pyramid State Park Hunter Fact Sheet
2013 - 2014 Season
This site is located 6 miles south of Pinckneyville off state Highway 127, then
2 miles west on Pyatts Blacktop in Perry County, Illinois.
Total Acres: 3,181 Huntable Acres: 2,754 Habitat Type Acres: Timber
2,217 - Cropland/Old Field 564 - Lakes 400
GAME SPECIES: Deer Dove Woodcock
Turkey Rabbit Furbearers Squirrel Quail
of Pyramid State Park consisted of four land acqusitions totaling 16,245 acres
from Ark Land Company on October 1, 2001. This acquisition was the largest ever
made by the Department of Natural Resources and resulted in the largest state
park in Illinois totaling 19,015 acres. Pyramid State Park consists of five
separate management units. They are: Pyramid State Park (3,181 acres), Captain
Unit (6,105 acres), Denmark Unit (4,385 acres), East Conant Unit (2,824 acres)
and Galum Unit (2,520 acres).
Park consists of heavily forested hills interspersed with numerous lakes and
ponds. The majority of the area was previously strip mined for a shallow vein
of coal. Approximately 400 acres of water form lakes varying in size from 0.1
acres to 24 acres. All of the strip mined area has been replanted to hardwoods
and pines with small fields planted to food plots. Fishing and boating are allowed
on lakes with a 10 h.p. maximum limit. A small campground with gravel pads,
tables, fire grills, dump station and picnic shelter is available.
- Hunters are advised that "Free Site Hunting Permits" (windshield cards) to hunt all species are now ONLY available online from the IDNR homepage - www.dnr.illinois.gov. Navigate to "hunting/trapping", then "public hunting areas", select Region 5 to print these permits. ALL hunters are required to have a state hunting permit. Hunters are required to return to this website prior to February 15 to record harvest information. Failure to submit harvest data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.
- Hunters must maintain accurate records of each hunt.
- All motorized
vehicles must remain on roads or in access areas.
- No permanent
blinds or pits may be dug or constructed. All blinds must be portable or established
with natural vegetation and must be removed or dismantled at the end of each
day’s hunt. Cutting of live vegetation on the area is illegal.
- 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 which it is installed. Tree stands which are used
for deer hunting must be removed from the area at the end of each day's hunt.
deer hunters, muzzle-loader deer hunters and firearm turkey hunters (spring
& fall) must apply for a site specific permit to hunt the area which is
available from the permit office through the statewide lottery. Muzzleloader deer hunting is open to hunters possessing a Perry County muzzleloader permit.
- This site
has been designated as a Quality Deer Management Area beginning with the 2002
hunting season. Therefore, antlerless deer or antlered deer having at least
four points on a side may be taken. This applies to all deer hunting (firearm,
muzzleloader and archery).
- All upland
game hunters engaged in quail or rabbit hunting must wear a cap and upper outer
garment of solid and vivid blaze orange or at least 400 square inches.
- Dove hunting
hours are 12 noon - 5 p.m. Hunters must participate ina daily lottery at 11:00
am at the Galum Unit office September 1 - 5 to hunter over sunflower or wheat
field. No dove hunting is allowed September 1 - 5 within 200 yards of a designated
dove mangement field, except for hunters who are part of the hunter quota for
- No waterfowl
hunting in park.
hunting season dates shall be the day after labor day through the end
of statewide season.
- No furbearer
hunting allowed in park.
trapping allowed under special permit from site.
regulations apply, unless otherwise specified.
information, contact: Pyramid State Park - 1562 Pyramid Park Road, Pinckneyville,
IL 62274 (618/357-2574).
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.