In an event modeled after the World Shooting and Recreational
Complex Youth Pheasant Hunt, young hunters at Pere Marquette State
Park will participate in a wingshooting clinic during the morning.
Wingshooting instructors certified by the IDNR and National Sporting
Clays Association will teach the clinic, where young hunters will
practice shotgun safety and advance their wingshooting skills. The
pheasant hunt will take place after lunch.
More than a dozen
co-sponsors are assisting the IDNR and Pere Marquette State Park
with the wingshooting clinic and pheasant hunt. Co-sponsors provide
funding for the clay targets, target and field shotshells, and for
lunch for the young hunters. Many sponsors will also provide the
assistance of some of their members to provide bird dogs, bird dog
handlers and hunting guides.
Co-sponsors are the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors
Bureau; Channel-Seedsmanship at Work; Ducks Unlimited; Friends of
Pere Marquette State Park; Green Roof Kennels; Hargrave
International; the Illinois National Shoot-To-Retrieve Field Trial
Association; Migratory Waterfowlers; the National Wild Turkey
Federation, Midwest Gobblers Chapter; Otter Creek Hunting Club;
Pfister Seed Company; Quail Forever, Illinois Pioneer Chapter; Todd
Parish, Attorney At Law; Ward Financial Services; Whitworth-Horn-Goetten
Insurance Agency; and Winchester/Olin.
Permits for the Pere Marquette hunt are available through the
IDNR's online reservation system for controlled pheasant hunting.
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Hunters need to review the "Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt
Information" and the "Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt Regulations" on
the controlled pheasant hunting website prior to submitting an
application. To navigate to the controlled pheasant hunting website
after accessing the IDNR website at
hunters should follow these directions:
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.
Hunters without computers are encouraged to gain access to the
online reservation system by checking with family or friends with a
computer or by using a computer at their local public library.
Completing a permit reservation online takes less than five minutes.
For complete details, check the controlled pheasant hunting
Illinois Department of
file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]