SPRINGFIELD — Controlled pheasant hunting will be available this fall at 20 Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites.
Sixteen sites are operated by the DNR while four are operated in a partnership between the DNR and T. Miller Inc.
The online permit reservation system for 15 DNR-operated sites opens on Aug. 4 and permit information, season dates and other information are now available.
Detailed information and permit reservations are available now for the four sites managed by T. Miller Inc.
Hunters need to review the application instructions and season information accessible online prior to submitting an application.
On DNR-operated sites, the daily permit fee is $30 for a resident and $35 for a nonresident. Hunters will be required to pay in advance over a secure Internet system using an American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa credit card. The credit card account will be billed when hunters submit an application. A transaction fee of $2.50 will be assessed for each application, except for applications submitted for the Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt.
The controlled pheasant hunting areas are Chain O’Lakes State Park in Lake County, Silver Springs State Park in Kendall County, Ramsey Lake State Park in Fayette County, and Horseshoe Lake State Park in Madison County.
Of the 16 sites operated by the DNR, six provide only the Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt opportunity for young hunters between the ages of 10-15. Those six sites are the Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in DeWitt County, Edward Madigan State Fish and Wildlife Area in Logan County, Mackinaw River State Fish and Wildlife Area in Tazewell County, Pere Marquette State Park in Jersey County, Sangchris Lake State Park in Christian and Sangamon Counties, and the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Randolph County.
Nine sites provide lengthy hunting seasons for hunters, as well as special hunting days for young hunters. Those nine sites are Johnson Sauk Trail State Park in Henry County, the Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area in Will County, Kankakee River State Park in Kankakee County, the Iroquois County State Wildlife Area, Moraine View State Recreation Area in McLean County, Sand Ridge State Forest in Mason County, Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in Cass County, Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area in Clinton County, and Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area in Jefferson and Franklin Counties.
Green River State Wildlife Area in Lee County provides 15 days of controlled pheasant hunting from early November until just before Christmas.
At Des Plaines, Moraine View and Eldon Hazlet, hunting opportunities are available for hunters with disabilities where special vehicles are provided.
Online permit reservations for the first lottery period on DNR-operated sites will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 4 through 1 p.m. on Aug. 11. Two additional one-week lottery periods are scheduled thereafter. Hunters need to review the application instructions and season information on the controlled pheasant hunting website prior to submitting an application.
IDNR-operated controlled pheasant hunting sites will continue to have a portion of their hunter quota allocated to standby hunters. Standby hunters acquire permits and pay permit fees at the site hunter check station on the day of the hunt. Standby permits are also available for the Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt if the site hunter quota is not filled by young hunters with reserved permits prior to the hunt date.