Just going to throw this out there and first say this is a great forum with some good info for waterfowling. I am looking to see if anyone has any info on public areas to hunt in central to southern Illinois because I am having some tough luck up here in Northern Illinois. I am hunting heavily pressured areas and have been having no luck at all. I have a 02 1650 Xpress Duck Rig with a 40hp Yammie that runs great with an avery pop up blind with rain topper and wind blockers. My friend and I used to hunt a family farm in Huntley and started waterfowling there and got spoiled. I have worked heavily on my calling and think it is ok but just can not get birds to finish. I also have 4doz mallard floaters, 1 doz flocked goose floaters, 2 mojos on remotes, a flyway feeder and run a rigem right jerk rig. Just wondering if anyone has hunted any public areas south of the northern zone that may not be as heavily pressured as the Fox River up by me. I also have room to take anyone that would like to meet up and do some hunting up here on the Chain o lakes or Fox River. I guess this has been a tough year and I am just looking to branch out and find some new public lands to hunt. I did the scouting and knocking on doors routine and had no luck. In fact, most of the people almost seemed offended that I was asking to hunt their land. I understand because they probably get a lot of people asking to hunt their property. Great to be on the forum now and hope this is not to forward of a post. Just looking for some pointers on some public areas and I am thinking that I may just hook the boat up and do some scouting on google maps and go. Again, if anyone wants to meet up and do some traveling, I am in at any time. Thanks for all the info and reports from the members of this site.