spacerspacerIllinois Department of Natural Resources  

January 11, 2010  

Illinois Controlled Pheasant Hunting Seasons Extended by Two Days at JEPC and Sand Ridge

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is extending the controlled pheasant hunting seasons at two areas in central Illinois.  The controlled pheasant hunts have been extended by two days at the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in Cass County and the Sand Ridge State Forest in Mason County.  The additional days of hunting opportunities are Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17.

The season extensions are possible because the IDNR Mt. Vernon Wildlife Propagation Center in southern Illinois had extra pheasants for the hunting program that were not needed for the  southern Illinois controlled pheasant hunting sites, where the hunting seasons ended on Jan. 10.

Hunters are encouraged to use the online Controlled Pheasant Hunting Reservation System to secure permits for these additional hunting days.  Reserved Permits ensure hunters will have the opportunity to hunt.  Standby Permits are also available on the additional hunting days, although standby hunting opportunities may be limited.

To access the reservation system:

  • Click on the "Hunting" icon on the IDNR Home Page
  • Then click on "Upland/Small Game Hunting"
  • Then click on "Controlled Pheasant Hunting Areas Permit Reservation System"

Hunters are reminded that the daily permit fee for the controlled pheasant program is $25 for resident hunters and $35 for nonresident hunters.  The daily permit fee applies to each hunter.  Daily permit fees are collected at the site hunter check station on the hunt date.  Hunters need to be prepared to pay permit fees with cash.  IDNR-operated sites do not accept checks and are unable to accept credit or debit cards.

Hunters without computers are encouraged to gain access to the controlled pheasant hunting online reservation system by checking with family or friends who have computers with internet access or by using a computer at their local public library.