Hunting in the Shawnee National Forest and Southern Illinois Area

Public Hunting Land and Willowbrook Cabins

How Close? - The Willowbrook property borders the Shawnee National Forest. Yes - Good hunting is within walking distance of the cabins.

Nearby? - There is well over 10,000+ acres of public hunting ground within 3-5 miles of Willowbrook Cabins. This includes the LARGEST wilderness area in the State of Illinois; Lusk Creek Wilderness Area - 6,000 acres alone.

In the County? - Willowbrook Cabins is located in the heart of Pope County, Illinois. 93,000 acres of Shawnee National Forest is located in Pope county or simply put; 1/3 of the entire Shawnee Forest is located in Pope County.

Deer Hunting Infomation
Illinois - Deer Hunting Guide
Illinois - Hunting License and Fees << Need one of these
Illinois - Deer Permits and Fees << And one of these
Out of State Archery\Bow\Crossbow Hunters
Non-resident Illinois hunters can expect to pay in the neighborhood $70-$90 (doe\anterless only) or $450 - $475 (Buck\Either Sex) for licenses and fees. This includes an Illinois hunting license, habitat stamp, and deer permit. Available over the counter at Wal-Mart - historically great availability.
In State Archery\Bow\Crossbow Hunters
Illinois resident hunters can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $34 (doe only) to $45 (buck) for licenses and fees. This should include everything needed to legally hunt (hunting license, habitat stamp, and deer permit). Available over the counter at Wal-Mart - historically great availability.
Out of State Firearm\Shotgun
Non-resident Illinois deer hunters can expect to pay around $70-$90 (doe\anterless only) or $375-$400 (Buck\Either Sex) for licenses and fees. Available over the counter at Wal-Mart but historically LIMITED availability - Get them online and early!
In State Firearm\Shotgun
Resident Illinois hunters can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $36 (doe\anterless only) to $44 (Buck\Either Sex) for licenses and fees. Available over the counter at Wal-Mart - but historically LIMITED availability - Get them online and early!
Turkey Hunting Infomation
Illinois DNR - Turkey Hunting Guide
Illinois DNR - Hunting License and Fees << Need One of these
Illinois DNR - Turkey Permits and Fees << And one of these
Out of State Archery\Bow\Crossbow
Non-resident turkey hunters can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $140 for Fall season and around $190 for Spring season. This includes Illinois hunting license, habitat stamp, and turkey permit. Fall turkey tags are available over the counter at Wal-Mart, but Spring turkey permits need to be ordered online! Spring season must be ordered online and Early!
In State Archery\Bow\Crossbow
Illinois resident turkey hunters can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $24 for licenses and fees for Fall season and around $35 for Spring. Again, this will include your hunting license, habitat stamp, and turkey permit. Fall turkey tags are available over the counter at Wal-Mart, but Spring turkey permits need to be ordered online! Spring season must be ordered online and Early!
Out of State Shotgun\Firearm
Non-resident turkey hunters can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $190 for licenses and fees for both Spring and Fall turkey seasons. They are not available over the counter – Both seasons must be ordered online and early!
In State Shotgun\Firearm
Illinois resident turkey hunters can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $33 for licenses and fees for Fall season. They are not available over the counter – Both seasons must get online and Early!