Hunting access, opportunities expanded with Pike County land buy
Illinois has purchased 547 acres of public land in four Illinois counties to boost public access for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and outdoor recreation. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the $2.8 million deal today. It includes 410 acres in Pike County and 71 acres in Hackmatack, the nation’s newest National Wildlife Refuge.
The properties were acquired through the Illinois Open Lands Trust.
Public hunting properties are rare in Illinois, especially in Pike County, known for its deer hunting.
“Pike County is a tremendous deer hunting destination with virtually no public access. This acquisition will give hunters an opportunity to pursue white-tails in Illinois’ deer capital,” said DNR Director Marc Miller. “There is tremendous demand in Illinois for public access to open space and this purchase helps meet that demand.”