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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What do you do with those empty nylon feed bags or dog & cat food bags? Can you say recycle? I use them for target practice for the youngsters. Take your empty shopping bags, stuff them into an empty nylon feed bag. You can also use old clothing or rags, (but put them in the bottom so it doesnt get top heavy). When your bag is full, fold the top over, punch some holes into the top and zip tie the top shut. Paint, draw, paste, or have the kids decorate their new target. Set it out 10 or 20...