With over 100,000 acres of Shawnee National Forest within driving distance, Pope County in Southern Illinois is the premier location to begin your hunting adventure. These public lands are open for hunting to anyone whether you prefer to use your shotgun or your bow and arrow with no check-ins required. Please be aware of hikers that may be in the area and make sure you are properly outfitted with safety equipment.
Deer hunting is the most popular seasonal hunting in Southern Illinois and helps to control the large population of white tail deer native to the area. Southern Illinois is also popular for Turkey, Duck, pheasant, and even bowfishing on the Ohio River.
With the proper permits and licensing, Southern Illinois will help you outfit your hunting trip with everything from extended stay lodging to supplies and animal processing. Choose to use a guide service or explore the Shawnee National Forest at your own discretion.
|Hunting Guide Service
All Around Outfitters provides a valuable service for your Southern Illinois hunting experience. Guides assist in recovery, field dressing, and any trophy needs that you may wish to participate in. These local outfitters specialize in deer hunting, turkey hunting, and bowfishing excursions.
Other Southern Illinois Hunting Information
|Many licensing options are only available online.
Hunters may need to order licensing in advance in order to
participate in the various hunting seasons scheduled for
Southern Illinois. Plat Books for Pope County are available
for purchase at the Pope County Courthouse. Tags are
available at the local Walmart or the Pope County Clerk.
| Licensing, Permits, and Registration
Licensing and Permit Vendors