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.
T C Xtreme Whitetails . com Contact us directly if we can be of any other service and good luck to you on your hunt. Email me directly, we can talk. firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're like me and use a plastic tote to store your gear in then you might want to read further. When plastic totes are manufactured they are typically shipped with the lid on. This makes the inside of the tote smell like the plastic it's made of. To remove the plastic smell from the tote I use baking soda. I open the baking soda up and leave the box in the tote with the lid on for about a month to remove the plastic smell. I tried just leaving the lid off but I was still able to smell...