Youth Hunters - Register Now for Pere Marquette Controlled Pheasant Hunt and Wingshooting Clinic

Chris Young
Youth Hunters - Register Now for Pere Marquette Controlled Pheasant Hunt and Wingshooting Clinic
GRAFTON, IL – Young hunters between the ages of 10-15 can apply now for the Pere Marquette Youth Wingshooting Clinic and Pheasant Hunt scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Pere Marquette State Park in Jersey Co.

The Pere Marquette youth clinic and hunt have been popular early spring additions to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Wingshooting and Youth Pheasant Hunt programs. Youth hunters on March 5 at Pere Marquette will participate in a wingshooting clinic during the morning and a pheasant hunt in the afternoon.  IDNR and National Sporting Clays Association Certified Wingshooting Instructors will teach the wingshooting clinic, providing young hunters with an opportunity to advance their wingshooting skills while practicing safe shotgun handling and operation.

Permits for the Pere Marquette Youth Pheasant Hunt are available through the Controlled Pheasant Hunting Online Reservation System through the IDNR website at

Hunters need to review the “Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt Information” and the “Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt Regulations” on the controlled pheasant hunting webpage prior to submitting an application.  To navigate to the controlled pheasant hunting webpage on the IDNR website, hunters should:

• Click on "Upland Game" from the drop-down menu under the “Hunting/Trapping” button on the home page toolbar;
• Then click on "Controlled Pheasant Areas" under the “Quick Links” heading;
• After clicking on the “Click Here for Applications” button on the Controlled Pheasant Hunting welcome page, young hunters should click on the button next to “Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunts” to access the appropriate online application form.

More than a dozen co-sponsors are assisting the IDNR and Pere Marquette State Park with the wingshooting clinic and pheasant hunt, providing funding for the clay targets, target and field shot shells, and lunch for the young hunters.  Through the assistance of some of their members, co-sponsors also provide bird dogs and bird dog handlers and hunting guides.  The co-sponsors include Alwerdt’s Pheasant Farm, Altamont, Illinois; Bollini Taxidermy; Cassens Bait and Tackle; Channel-Seedsmanship At Work; Clemens Insurance; the Discount House; Ducks Unlimited - Jersey County Chapter; Friends of Pere Marquette State Park; Fur Takers of America; Green Roof Kennels; Hargrave International; the Illinois Federation of Outdoor Resources; the Illinois National Shoot-To-Retrieve Field Trial Association; Migratory Waterfowl; the National Wild Turkey Federation - Midwest Gobblers Chapter; Pfister Seed Company; Quail Forever – Illinois Pioneer Chapter; Todd Parish - Attorney At Law; Ward Financial Services; Whitworth-Horn-Goetten Insurance Agency; and Winchester/Olin.
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