Sam Parr State Fish & Wildlife Area Hunter Fact Sheet
Location: 2 miles northeast of Newton, Illinois, just east of IL 130 & IL 33 Jct.
Total Acres: 1,172 (including 183 acre lake) Huntable Acres: 840 (includes seasonal closures of selected day use areas)
Timber: 296 Cropland: 259 Open, non-cultivated: 189 Brushy Fields: 238 Ponds/Wetland/Lake: 190
The area is generally rolling, with the more or less flat areas being cultivated or occupied in weedy, brushy fields. Those areas being cropped are farmed to provide an abundance of good quality food for wildlife and to improve wildlife habitat. These fields are located along the east and west sides of the area. Most of the perimeter of the area is presently planted to shrubs. The timber is mainly mature oak-hickory type and of excellent quality.
Legal Game Species:
Deer Squirrel Quail Rabbit Turkey Dove Woodcock Raccoon Opossum
This area is known for its particularly good dove hunting. Quail and rabbit numbers are good as well. Due to the brushy nature of this site, close working bird dogs (or rabbit dogs) will improve the hunters’ chance of taking game. Squirrel hunting is excellent, but is not receiving much pressure. Deer are seen on a more or less regular basis, though deer hunting is just now gaining popularity here. Night hunting for furbearers and wild turkey hunting have been added in recently.
Other Facilities Available: Fishing and boating (10 h.p. maximum); Picnic areas; Hiking; Tent Camping; Back-pack Camping; Wheeled Campground with gravel pads; Sanitary Dump Station for Trailers; Equestrian Trail
Statewide rules and regulations apply at this site, unless otherwise specified. Hunting is permitted in those areas posted as open to hunting. Restricted areas are clearly marked by signs. Hunting will be permitted in selected day use areas beginning November 15 annually.
For further information, contact Site Superintendent, Sam Parr State Park, 13225E State Highway 33, Newton, IL 62448, phone: 618/783-2661; or District Wildlife Biologist, 129 N Kennedy Blvd, Vandalia IL 62471, 618/283-3070.
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 nonmerit factors. If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the funding source’s civil rights office and/or the Equal Opportunity Officer, IDNR, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; 217/785-0067, TTY 217/782-9175