DNR tells pheasant hunters to get in the game
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is inviting pheasant hunters to scout online for upcoming controlled pheasant hunting opportunities. Reservation, dates and permit information are now available.
There are to be at least 20 hunting sites this season, with 16 or more of them operated by the IDNR. The others are in partnership among the IDNR, concessionaire T. Mille Inc., and private and public entities.
“Controlled pheasant hunting provides an upland game hunting experience for thousands of hunters in Illinois each year, as well as a great chance for young hunters to have successful days afield,” IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal said in a news release. “Many hunters tell us they appreciate the program, and now is the time for hunters to start planning for the upcoming season.”
Online services will open on Monday, Aug. 7. Hunters are encouraged to review information and instructions prior to submitting their applications.
Permit fees are $30 for resident hunters and $35 for nonresidents. Online purchases are to be paid in advance.
Areas participating in controlled pheasant hunts are Chain O’Lakes State Park in Lake County, Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area in Kendall County, Ramsey Lake State Park in Fayette County and Horseshoe Lake State Park in Madison County.