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Controlled Pheasant Hunting Hunter Quotas Increased

Thu, December 07, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced that the daily hunter quotas will be increased on the Controlled Pheasant Hunting Unit at the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in Cass Co. beginning Wednesday, December 6 through the close of the hunting season on Sunday, January 14.  Additional pheasants will be released at the site as a result of the hunter quota increase.

Hunters are encouraged to use the online Controlled Pheasant Hunting Reservation System at to secure permits.  Reserved permits ensure hunters will have the opportunity to hunt, and further ensure that the correct number of pheasants are released for each hunter trip.  Standby permits are also available for each hunt date, although standby hunting opportunities are limited.

To access the reservation system:
Click on “Hunt/Trap” on the IDNR website homepage
Then click on “Upland Game”
Then click on “Controlled Pheasant Hunting Permits, Hunting Areas, Regs, etc.”

Hunters are reminded that the daily permit fee for the controlled pheasant program is $30 for resident hunters and $35 for nonresident hunters.  The daily permit fee applies to each hunter.  Daily permit fees are collected during the online application process for reserved permits, or at the site hunter check station for standby permit hunters.

Hunters without computers are encouraged to gain access to the controlled pheasant hunting online reservation system by checking with family or friends who have computers with internet access 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 website at


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