posted on September 16, 2014 10:07
A $550,000 purchase of land has opened up new areas for hunting opportunities in the ever popular Big Bend State Fish and Wildlife Area in northwestern Illinois.
The area can now boast a total of 2,650 acres after the new 274 acre purchase has been absorbed into the area. This area is made up of forest, native grassland, wetlands and marshes: perfect habitat for a number of hunted species including pheasants and quail.
The land was purchased from James A. and Fernande M. Nowers of Prophetstown about a year ago before being absorbed into the larger area. The parcel has been enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program.
This announcement and that of three other conservation land acquisitions have totalled more than $2.2 million. The funds were made available from IDNR’s Open Lands Trust which is set aside to acquire natural and recreational land for public use.
The three other acquisitions include a 19.3 acre area of the Kickapoo Trail. This acquisition cost $209,000.
126 acres were purchased for $760,000, which is adjacent to the Jubilee College State Park in Peoria County. This land was vital to stop the continuation of housing developments and to establish a buffer zone for the park from development encroachment.
A community of grass and stunted trees growing are part of the 263 acres of land purchased to add to the Cretaceous Hills State Natural Area. The area in Pope Country is considered to be one of the greatest examples of Barrens natural community. The area provides refuge for 17 endangered plant and animal species.
Visitors to the park can observe wildlife, go hunting and hike in the natural beauty. Deer and turkey hunting are very popular on this land.
Are you looking to explore some new hunting lands in the next season? Which purchase in South Dakota or from across America excites you the most?
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