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
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....