posted on February 24, 2014 20:43
Pheasant hunters benefited from an extended period of hunting this pas January. The Illinois Department of Natural Resource’s (IDNR) made the decision to extend the hunting season. Hunters could go hunting for an extra three days at Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area in Clinton County and Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area in Franklin and Jefferson Counties. Previously the date for the last hunting was Thursday 9th January, but it has was extended until Sunday 12th January.
Hunters could go to the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in Cass County and could extend their hunting trips until Sunday 19th January. This is an extension of 4 days of hunting.
It is expected that the area will be pretty busy with Illinois pheasant hunters and there is likely to be a limited amount of space for hunters who turn up on the day. Therefore hunters were encouraged to log on to and utilize the online Controlled Pheasant Hunting Reservation System to secure the correct permits.
Reserved permits ensurec that Pheasant hunters had the opportunity to take full advantage of the extended hunting period.
With the recent poor results that hunters have suffered in the past year, with the decline in Pheasant populations and poor weather – having an extended period in which to salvage some joy from this past season, was a welcome break.
Whether or not this will brought in much needed funding for the IDNR, which it can then re-invest in supporting habitat conservation and future hunting season is unknown. However it was likely a step in the right direction – which perhaps some other states could adopt.
The daily permits for the three sites were $30 for residents and $35 for non-residents.
Did you be take the opportunity to use the extended hunting period?