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June 8, 2007

IDNR announces 2007 Controlled Pheasant Hunting Program
Online applications open July 1 for public/private sites, August 6 for IDNR sites

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Permit reservation information and season dates for the 2007 Controlled Pheasant Hunting program at 14 Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) sites are available online for the start of permit reservation applications this summer. 

Ten sites are operated by the IDNR, while four other sites are operated in a public/private partnership arrangement between the IDNR and concessionaire T. Miller, Inc. 
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 through the concessionaire’s website found at www.tmillerinc.com or through a link on the IDNR controlled pheasant hunting web site found at www.LRSIDNRPermits.com.

On-line applications for the first drawing period for the public/private partnership controlled pheasant areas will be accepted from 8 a.m. on July 1 through midnight on July 13.  Hunters need to review the application instructions and other information available on the website prior to submitting an application.

The ten sites operated solely by IDNR are the Green River State Wildlife Area in Lee County, Johnson Sauk Trail State Park in Henry County, the Des Plaines Conservation 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 Park in Clinton County, and Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park in Jefferson and Franklin Counties.

On-line applications for the first drawing period on IDNR-operated sites will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. on August 6 through midnight on August 19.  Hunters need to review the application instructions and other information on the controlled pheasant hunting website at www.LRSIDNRPermits.com prior to submitting an application.

IDNR-operated controlled pheasant hunting sites will continue to have a portion of their hunter quota allocated to standby hunters.  Standby hunters acquire permits and pay permit fees at the site hunter check station on the day of the hunt.  For those sites participating in the Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt, standby permits are only available at Edward Madigan State Park and Sangchris Lake State Park.  Other sites do not offer standby permits for the Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt.

Hunters without access to the online controlled pheasant permit system are encouraged seek assistance from family members or friends or by accessing online resources at their local public library.  Completing a permit reservation through the web sites should take less than five minutes.

For complete details check the controlled pheasant hunting web site at www.LRSIDNRPermits.com.


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