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For $30 a day hunters in Illinois can hunt pheasants in 19 different counties in Illinois.

The Illinois DNR recently made the announcement and will make the licenses available on its website starting August 5th.

It’s a great opportunity for hunters to experience pheasant hunting right in their home state. The program is also aimed at helping youth hunters get exposure to pheasant hunting, which isn’t as popular in Illinois as it is in more western states like North and South Dakota.

Seasons begin in October and go into the early part of 2014. More information is available on the DNR website. Each area has specific rules and season dates so make sure to get the full story on your hunter as you go through the application process.

The birds are part of the annual release program put on by the state DNR. Some of the work is part of a public-private partnership that makes the release and hunt possible for Illinois pheasant hunters.

Pheasants were much more common in the early part of the 1900s in Illinois. Farming wasn’t as intensive and the birds had natural habitat. Around the 1960s and 1970s, new farming processes took over, which brought many positive things to the state, but the pheasant couldn’t maintaining its status as a favorite hunting bird.

While the pheasant numbers have been on the decline, efforts like this one make it possible for hunters to still enjoy pheasant hunting in Illinois. There are also a number of private reserves that offer pheasant hunting to anyone that is interested.

It’s a great way to continue the great tradition of hunting in Illinois. Adult hunters that remember a time when there were more pheasants can be part of the annual hunt and some will even be able to make time to visit one of the reserves.

It’s a great way for residents to stay close to home while still experiencing real pheasant hunting like they have out in the West.

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