Controlled pheasant hunting oppor tunities will be available at 19 Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites this fall, and the 2013-14 season dates and permit reservation information are now available online.
Fifteen of the sites are operated by the IDNR, while four other sites continue to be operated in a public/private partnership arrangement between the IDNR and concessionaire T. Miller, Inc.
“The controlled pheasant hunting program provides an upland game hunting experience for thousands of hunters in Illinois each year, as well as a great chance for youth hunters to have success,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. “We hear from many hunters who appreciate the program, and now is the time for hunters to start planning for the upcoming season.”
The online permit reservation system for the 15 IDNR-operated sites opens on Aug. 5 and permit information, season dates, and other information are now available. Detailed information and permit reservations are available 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 IDNR-operated sites, the daily permit fee for the controlled pheasant program is $30 for resident hunters and $35 for nonresident hunters. The daily permit fee applies to each hunter. Hunters will be required to pay for reserved permits 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 public/private partnership 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. Information about controlled pheasant hunting at these sites is available on the concessionaire’s website at www.tmillerinc.com or via a link on the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov.