The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for preservation and restoration of wildlife habitat and for providing hunting opportunity for the residents of this state. The Sibley Habitat Area purchased with revenue generated through the sale of the Illinois Pheasant Stamp Fund, Open Land Trust, and developed with the cooperation of the Ford County Pioneer Chapter of Pheasants Forever provides high quality permanent habitat for ring-necked pheasants and hunting opportunity for Illinois sportsmen.
LOCATION: This area is 1.0 miles south of Sibley on State Route 47 in Ford County.
DESCRIPTION OF THE AREA:
|TOTAL ACRES: 635
||HUNTABLE ACRES: 630
||WATER ACRES: 0
|TIMBERED ACRES: 0
||OPEN ACRES: 630
SEASONS, HOURS, AND LIMITS:
Pheasant, rabbit, and quail hunting is by free Permit Only issued through Springfield. Permits are issued for the first and second day of the statewide upland game season and on each subsequent Wednesday and Saturday in November and on each Thursday and Sunday in December, through December 24. Statewide hunting hours are sunrise to 4pm and daily limit apply.
OTHER SPECIAL REGULATIONS:
- A free Upland Game Permit Application must be submitted online for a lottery drawing to be held in August. The application is available at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/uplandgame. Hunters will be required to return their harvest card prior to February 15th each year. Failure to submit the card will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.
- Multiple permits are issued for this hunting area on the same day.
- Each hunting party, consists of a permit holder and up to five companions, will be allowed each day.
- All hunting must be with shotgun or bow and arrow only.
- Hunters must wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid blaze orange (at least 400 square inches).
Send application information for hunting to: Upland Game, P.O. Box 19457, Springfield, IL 62794-9457
Grassland habitat renovation will be occurring on the area. These activities are designed to improve pheasant habitat.
For further information, please contact: The Division of Wildlife Resources, (217) 782-6384. For general information about hunting regulations and applications please click here.
Equal opportunity to participate in programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and those funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies is available to all individuals regardless of race, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, or other non-merit factors. If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the funding source’s civil rights office and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, IDNR, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702; (217)785-0067; TTY (217)782-9175.