Whitefield Pheasant Habitat Area

2022-2023 Season


Location: The Whitefield Pheasant Area (PHA) is located in western Marshall County southeast of the intersection of Western Road and Yankee Lane about 7.3 miles west of Henry.

Description: The 118 acre Whitefield PHA is composed of native warm season grasses with forbs, switchgrass, cool season grasses with legumes, and wetlands. This area was purchased in 2003 with proceeds from the Illinois State Pheasant Fund. Whitefield PHA is managed as a satellite of the Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.

Species Season Hours Bag Limit Special Regulations
Archery Deer October Only Statewide Statewide Free Windshield Card
Pheasant, Quail, & Rabbit Dates Below Statewide Statewide ​Free Upland Game Permit; Non-Toxic Shot Only

All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations, and Administrative Orders will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.

Special Area Regulations:

Upland Game:

  1. A Free Upland Game Permit Application must be submitted online for a lottery drawing to be held in early September. Applications will be accepted online only and will be available from August 1st – August 31st. The application is available at: www2.illinois.gov/dnr/hunting/uplandgame/Pages/OnlinePermitApplication.aspx. Hunters will be required to return their harvest card prior to February 15th each year. The survey is required even if you do not hunt.


  3. Upland hunting is permitted on the first and second day of the statewide upland game season and on each subsequent Wednesday and Saturday in November, and on each Thursday and Sunday in December through December 24th.

  4. Only one hunting party, consisting of the permit holder and no more than 3 companions, will be allowed each day.

  5. All hunting must be with a shotgun or bow and arrow only. Non-toxic shot only.

  6. Hunters must wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches.

Archery Deer:

  1. All hunters must park in the designated parking lot.

  2. Archery deer hunting is allowed Oct 1 - Oct 31. Firearm deer hunting is not permitted.

  3. Deer hunters may use portable stands and remove the stands at the end of each day’s hunt. Screw-in steps, nails, spikes, and other bark-piercing devices are STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

  4. A windshield card is required for archery deer hunting. These are available online at dnr2.illinois.gov/Windshieldcard. Hunters will be required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information. Failure to submit data/card will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year. Reporting is required even if you do not hunt.​

It Shall Be Unlawful:

  • For any person to consume alcoholic beverage, including beer and wine, while on the area for the purpose of hunting.
  • To hunt in any area not designated as open to hunting.
  • To park in any location except the designated parking area.
  • To hunt within 100 yards of an inhabited dwelling.

For further information contact:

Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area,
236 Route 26,
Lacon, IL 61540
Phone: (309) 246-8351​

Equal opportunity to participate in programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and those funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies is available to all individuals regardless of race, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, or other non-merit factors. If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the funding source’s civil rights office and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, IDNR, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702; (217)785-0067; TTY (217)782-9175.