In what is expected to be one of the most anticipated bowhunts in east-central Illinois, the Vermilion County Conservation District has announced it will permit hunting on the 1,800-acre Forest Glen County Preserve east of Westville for the first time in a special lottery draw hunt for bowhunters-only later this year.

According to a report this week in the Danville Commercial News, over-browsing by whitetail in Forest Glen is leading to the loss of some protected species of plants and leading to a decline in certain bird species.

There will be 64 hunts drawn by lottery, three special hunts by silent auction along with 3 special hunts via live auctions. Lottery tickets will be sold for $25 per ticket or five tickets for $100.

The drawing and auctions will take place July 20 with the cut-off date for lottery tickets being July 12. The hunts are open to both resident and non-residents, will consist only of archery hunts (crossbow if eligible), and will guarantee a lottery winner of 20-40 acres of land to hunt for a period of one week, except those weeks during the firearm seasons in which those hunts will be cut short due to the firearm season.

A hunter can apply for four hunts on his or her lottery application. A winner of the lottery will also need to purchase a VCCD permit ($25 for county residents and $50 for non-residents)

Lottery tickets are available online.

More information may be found on the VCCD website at:

Logo courtesy Vermilion County Conservation District

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