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[JULY 29, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Permit reservations for controlled pheasant hunting at nine Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites will be handled through an Internet-based reservation system again this year. The nine sites are the Green River State Wildlife Area in Lee County, Des Plaines Conservation Area in Will County, Kankakee River State Park in Kankakee County, 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 Recreation Area in Franklin County.

The controlled pheasant hunting website, developed by the Department of Natural Resources and LRS Webservices of Springfield, is available to view application instructions, controlled pheasant hunting sites, season dates and regulations. The Internet address is

Controlled pheasant hunting reservations for the first drawing period will be accepted beginning Monday, Aug. 2, at 8:30 a.m. Central time.

Three two-week random drawing periods for permit reservations are scheduled. The first drawing period, open from 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 2 through midnight on Aug. 15, will be available to Illinois residents only. The second drawing, from 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 16 through midnight on Aug. 29, will be available to Illinois residents not entered in the first drawing, Illinois residents who were unsuccessful in the first drawing and non-residents. The third drawing, from 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 30 through midnight on Sept. 12, will be available to residents and non-residents who want a second permit as well as anyone who didn't participate in the earlier drawings.

During the first two drawing periods, hunters will be allowed to acquire only one permit for one date at one site. During the third drawing period, hunters successful in either of the first two drawings will be able to acquire a second permit.

After the third drawing period, hunters will be able to acquire additional permits beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, until permit quotas are reached or until two days prior to any hunt date, whichever occurs first. Hunters cannot have two permits for the same day.

Hunters will be required to pay for permits in advance through the secure Internet registration system, using a credit card. Controlled pheasant hunting permits are $15. A prorated transaction fee ranging from $2.25 to $3.75, dependent on the number of reservations requested, will be assessed for each successful transaction. Credit cards will be billed for hunters successful in the drawings. As in the past, there are no fees for the Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt. Dates for the youth pheasant hunt vary by location, and more information is available on the controlled pheasant hunting website.

The application will require the permit holder's name, complete address, e-mail address if available, birth date, Social Security number, hunting site name, hunt date and number of partners, along with credit card type, number and expiration date.

Hunters will be allowed to make permit reservations for themselves and up to three partners at all department-operated sites where reservations are available. The permit holder must be present and hunting on the hunt date for the partners to hunt. Only permit holder information and the number of partners are required at the time the permit reservation is submitted. Partner information will be needed only on the hunt date at the hunting site. Credit cards will be billed for the permit holder and the number of partners specified.


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Hunters providing e-mail addresses will be sent an e-mail message at the conclusion of the drawing periods, telling them whether they were successful or unsuccessful. Hunters without e-mail addresses will be able to determine the status of their permit reservation by accessing the controlled pheasant hunting reservation system again and looking up the status of their application.

Interested hunters without computers are encouraged to gain access to the controlled pheasant hunting reservation system by checking with extended family or friends or by using a computer at their local public library. Completing a permit reservation on the Internet should take less than five minutes.

Each of the department-operated controlled pheasant hunting sites involved in the reservation system 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. Standby permits are not available for the Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt.

Four other controlled pheasant hunting sites are operated by a concessionaire: 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 on the controlled pheasant hunting website, or by contacting the concessionaire, T. Miller, Inc., P.O. Box 7002, Springfield, IL 62791-7002; phone (217) 793-6146.

In addition, controlled pheasant hunting at Johnson-Sauk Trail State Park in Henry County is available through a daily drawing system at the park. Hunters must check in for the drawing before 8:30 a.m. each hunting day. Hunting permits at Johnson-Sauk Trail are allocated to hunters successful in the drawing, and permit fees are paid at the site's hunter check station.

For more details, and for information on other controlled pheasant hunting opportunities in Illinois, check

[Illinois Department of Natural Resources
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