I know of much public land in Illinois to hunt. Got a Boat? Look on the Illinois DNR web page. I have personally killed some nice bucks on public property. email me for other hunting opportunities in on the Illinois and Mississippi River Bottoms.
Sorry, I really have not researched Pope County. Look on the Illinois DNR web page, should be information on there. My web site has a link to the DNR.
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Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...