Curious about hunting public land in Illinois and how to do it yourself? Hunting public land in Illinois can be a viable alternative if you do not have access to private property. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to own hundreds of acres or have friends who do to be able to hunt in Illinois. Public lands are plentiful if you are willing to look for them. But hunting public lands will require a strategy, and here are three such strategies.
- One of the first things to understand about hunting public land in Illinois is that everyone has access to these areas. If you find a good spot to hunt, it's likely someone else knows about it as well. So be on the look out for other hunters and learn to use them to your advantage by trying to be at your hunting spot well before daylight and learning the patterns of the other guys who hunt there.
- The second thing about hunting public land in Illinois is that there is always some joker willing to check out an area just because he sees your truck sitting there. If you are planning to hunt on the north side of the road, then park on the south side and maybe that joker will scout out the wrong side of the road.
- The third and final strategy for hunting public land in Illinois is to go deeper into the woods than the other guy. Very few individuals, for one reason or another, are willing to go more than a few hundred yards off the road. So going farther off the beaten path just may be the ticket to getting you into some undisturbed hunting habitat.