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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Controlled pheasant hunting opportunities will be available at 18 Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) sites during the 2018-19 hunting season. Dates and permit reservation information are now available online.

Sixteen of the sites are operated by the IDNR, while two other sites continue to be operated in a public/private partnership arrangement between the IDNR and concessionaire T. Miller, Inc.

“Controlled pheasant hunting provides an upland game hunting experience for thousands of hunters in Illinois each year, and it is a great chance for young hunters to have success while hunting,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal. “Now is the time for hunters to start planning for the upcoming season.”

The online permit reservation system for IDNR-operated sites opens on Monday, Aug. 6, and permit information, season dates, and other information are now available. Detailed information and permit reservations are available now for the two sites managed by T. Miller, Inc. Hunters should always review the application instructions and season information accessible online prior to submitting an application.

On IDNR-operated sites, the daily fee for permits acquired online for controlled pheasant hunting is $30 for resident hunters and $35 for nonresident hunters. The daily permit fee applies to each hunter. Hunters are required to pay for permits acquired online in advance over a secure system using an American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa credit card. The credit card account is billed when hunters submit an application. A transaction fee of $1.00 or 2.25% of the permit fee (whichever is higher) will be assessed for each application, except for applications submitted for the Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt.

The public/private partnership controlled pheasant hunting areas are Chain O’Lakes State Park in Lake County and Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area in

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