Pleasant Valley Conservancy has always been an outstanding
area for deer hunting. For many years a local family hunted
on the property, usually taking from 3 to 8 deer (depending
on license availability and state regulations). When chronic
wasting disease (CWD) became an issue in 2002, interest by
local hunters dropped off. However, efforts to control CWD
led to a considerably extended deer hunting season in this
area, so that hunting continued to be attractive to other
In recent years, hunters have successfully shot deer at Pleasant
Valley Conservancy, including those of trophy size.
We continue to see deer daily at Pleasant Valley Conservancy,
generally in the early morning or late afternoon. Deer trails
across the snow are always seen. Deer presence is also evident
from effects on some of our flowering plants and they seem
to prefer certain species. We have noticed two species in
particular that are heavily grazed by deer: ox-eye sunflower
(Heliopsis helianthoides) and Illinois trefoil (Desmodium
Another attractive plant for deer is the wood lily (Lilium
philadelphicum). Our efforts to restore this attractive
species to Pleasant Valley Conservancy were thwarted until
we began to put cages around existing plants.
Hunting at Pleasant Valley Conservancy
Limited hunting is permitted at Pleasant Valley Conservancy,
by permission of the site managers Tom and Kathie Brock. We
encourage deer hunting but because of the relatively small
size of the preserve restrict hunting to only a few individuals.
information on hunting, see this link.
a hunting application (PDF)
Hunting of turkey, grouse, pheasant, woodcock, and other
game birds is not permitted at this time.