The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently released the site where residents will be allowed to hunt pheasant across the state next year. The department noted that 19 locations will be open for hunters to bag pheasants next year, 15 of which are operated by the state agency, while the other four are public-private partnerships with the department and 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."
Hunters can obtain permits online at the department's website starting August 5. They are encouraged to read all application and related information upon applying. The daily fee for a permit is $30 for residents and $35 for non-residents.
"Nine sites provide lengthy hunting seasons for hunters, as well as special hunting days for young hunters," reads the Illinois Department of Natural Rosource's website. "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.
Preparing for the hunt
Those preparing for this year or next year's hunt, no matter what season it is, should equip their vehicle with Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats. These liners will provide extra protection from any mud staining your carpet while you're out for a hunt.