- Hunters must
use one of the 2016 Controlled Pheasant Hunting Permit Internet Applications
to reserve permits for the controlled pheasant hunting season
for IDNR operated areas. Applications are available at:
- The on-line
application requires the hunter's IDNR customer number, hunting area
name, hunt date(s) and number of partners. Additionally, the hunter's
telephone number is required and an e-mail address if available is requested.
hunter is allowed to make a permit reservation for himself/herself and
up to three hunting partners except for the
Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt.
cannot have two permits for the same day at IDNR operated areas.
NOTE: The Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt is a special one day hunt during
the controlled pheasant hunting season for young hunters ages ten through
seventeen (see Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt).
Young hunters may apply for only one area and receive only one permit
for an area participating in the Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt. Young
hunters that have applied for the Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt may also
apply for another hunt date during the controlled pheasant hunting season
in one of the first two drawings.
& FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED PERMITS
- A random drawing
means all applications from one drawing period are randomly processed
before applications from the next drawing period are randomly processed.
Eligible hunters should enter the drawings at a convenient time during
the drawing period. There is no advantage to entering a drawing early
or late in the drawing period. Drawings are typically completed on Monday
following the close of a drawing period.
- Hunters can
improve their probability of success in any drawing for which they are eligible by
providing the maximum number of date choices allowed on the on-line
application. Hunters providing the maximum number of date choices allowed
have a greater probability of receiving a permit reservation than hunters
providing fewer than the maximum number of date choices.
- Each applicant
age eighteen and over may apply for only one area and receive only one
permit during the first two drawing periods. Applicants that are successful
in the first drawing are not eligible to apply in the second drawing.
NOTE: If more than one application for a controlled pheasant
permit is received for the same hunter during the first two drawing
periods, all applications will be rejected and permits revoked. If more
than one application for a controlled pheasant permit is received for
the same hunter during the third drawing period, all applications received
for the third drawing will be rejected and permits revoked.
DRAWING PERIOD - Applications from Illinois
resident hunters only will be accepted beginning Monday, Aug.
1st at 8:30 a.m. through Monday, Aug. 8th at 1:00 p.m. CDT for inclusion
in the first random drawing.
DRAWING PERIOD - Illinois resident hunters that did not apply
or who were unsuccessful in the first drawing and nonresident hunters
can apply from Monday, Aug. 8th at 3:00 p.m. through Monday, Aug. 15th
at 1:00 p.m. CDT for inclusion in the second random drawing.
DRAWING PERIOD - A third random drawing beginning Monday
Aug. 15th at 3:00 p.m. through Monday, Aug. 22nd at 1:00 p.m. CDT is
available to resident and nonresident hunters who want a second permit.
FIRST-SERVED PERMITS - Hunters can acquire additional
permits on a first-come first-served basis beginning at 8:00 a.m., Saturday,
Aug. 27th CDT. Permits will remain available until reserved permit quotas
are depleted or until 24 hours (48 hours for Disabled Hunter Permits)
prior to any hunt date whichever occurs first.
CREDITS & REFUNDS
- Controlled Pheasant
Hunting Permits are $30 per resident hunter per hunt date and $35 per
nonresident hunter per hunt date. There are no fees for the Illinois
Youth Pheasant Hunt.
- Hunters are
required to pay for reserved permits in advance over a secure Internet
system using one of the following credit cards: American Express, Discover,
MasterCard, or Visa. Credit cards will be billed when hunters submit
- A transaction
fee of $1.00 will be assessed for applications for a single hunter. A 2.35% transaction fee will be assessed for applications with multiple hunters. Transaction fees do not apply to applications
submitted for the Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt.
credit card account used on the application will be credited
for the reserved permit fee(s) and transaction fee for applicants unsuccessful
in a drawing.
Refunds are not available nor can hunting partners be added once a reserved
permit has been issued.
- Disabled hunters
with Standing Vehicle Permits may apply for Controlled Pheasant Hunting
Permits for Des Plaines, Eldon Hazlet, and Moraine View where special
vehicles are available to assist with the hunt. Disabled hunters may
bring one hunting partner. The hunting partner must be ambulatory. The
disabled permit holder must be present to hunt for the partner to hunt.
Permits will be available until permit quotas are depleted or until
48 hours prior to any hunt date whichever occurs first.
- Disabled hunters,
as defined by law (520 ILCS 5/2.33), may apply to the IDNR's Office
of Law Enforcement (217) 782-6431 for a Standing Vehicle Permit. Disabled
Hunters with Standing Vehicle Permits need to review Additional
Disabled Hunter Regulations before hunting.
- Each IDNR operated
controlled pheasant hunting area has a portion of the hunter quota allocated
to standby hunters. Standby hunters acquire permits at the area's hunter
check station on the hunt date. Standby permit information for the Illinois
Youth Pheasant Hunt is available at Illinois Youth
THE STATUS OF PERMITS
- Hunters can
determine if they were successful in a drawing by using the "CHECK
THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION" feature with their customer
number on the website.
- The "CHECK
THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION" feature can also be used
to determine the status of the application when first-come first-served
permit reservations become available.
- Hunters successful
in a drawing or successfully obtaining a first-come first-served permit
reservation are encouraged to print the web page resulting from the
"CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION"
feature. This information will serve as the hunting permit.
- Reserved Controlled
Pheasant Hunting Permits (CPHP's) may be transferred beginning at 8:00
a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27th CDT until 24 hours before the hunt date listed
on the permit.
- A Reserved CPHP
can be transferred up to three times.
- CPHP's cannot be transferred to a hunt date where the permit holder already has another permit.
- Resident permit holders cannot transfer a permit to a nonresident hunter.
- At the Jim Edgar Panther Creek SF&WA, Reserved
CPHP's may only be transferred to another available hunt date at
the original site or to an available hunt date at another controlled
pheasant hunting site. Reserved CPHP's cannot be transferred
from the original permit holder to another permit holder at this
- At all other
controlled pheasant hunting sites Reserved CPHP's may be transferred
from the original permit holder to another permit holder, to another
available hunt date at the original site or to an available hunt date
at another controlled pheasant hunting site.
- Reserved youth
opportunity permits may be transferred to another site but can
only be transferred to another youth opportunity hunt date.
- Disabled Hunter
Permits and IL Youth Pheasant Hunt Permits cannot be transferred.
DATE CHECK-IN PROCEDURES
- Permit holders
and partners must have identification with a picture when checking-in
on the hunt date. Permit holders under 16 must have some form of identification
(e.g., hunting license, hunter safety card, school ID, library card)
when checking-in on the hunt date.
with a confirmed permit reservation must be present to hunt on the hunt
date for the partners to hunt.
TO FIX YOUR CONTROLLED PHEASANT HUNTING ON-LINE APPLICATION
During the on-line application process applicants are provided
an opportunity to recheck all of the information on the application.
Please use this opportunity to recheck the accuracy of your information
before submitting the application. Corrections to the on-line
application are most easily made during the recheck opportunity.
If the on-line application has been submitted with errors, if
you mistakenly apply twice or if you need to cancel an application,
contact us by e-mail at: DNR.Pheasant@illinois.gov
during the drawing period in which the application was entered.
Your e-mail must include your customer number, your name and your
We are unable to assist with an application after the close
of a drawing period.
- If there are
questions, please e-mail us: DNR.Pheasant@illinois.gov
Department of Natural Resources information is available to the hearing
impaired by calling IDNR's TTY. (217) 782-9175