SEASON DATES: November 6, 2002- January 5, 2003 - closed on Monday and Tuesdays and December 25.
The Controlled Pheasant Hunting Permit System for 2002 has changed relative to the method used to obtain and pay for a permit. Permits will only be issued by a person calling a toll-free number (1-800-867-3547). Illinois residents may call and purchase one permit starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 3rd. Nonresidents may call to purchase one permit starting at 8:00 a.m. on August 17th. Persons may call to purchase multiple permits starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 7th.
Hunting permits must be paid for at the time of the call. Purchasers will be charged a transaction processing fee based on the value of the permit purchased. For example, if you purchase a permit and pay for one partner to also hunt, the permit and transaction fee will be $33.00 ($30. for 2 hunters - $15./per hunter, and a $3.00 transaction fee). The transaction fee will cover the cost of the reservation system including postage and handling. No permit refunds or transfers are allowed. The permit holder must be present for the partner to hunt.
Callers may make reservations for up to six individual hunters and their partners. Hunters making the reservations should have the name, address, phone number, birth date, social security number, hunting area and hunting date for each hunter.
The Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt is Sunday, November 10th. Young hunters 10-15 hunt for free and must be accompanied by a non-hunting supervising adult 18 or older . Permits may be obtained by calling the above phone number. There will be no transaction fee for the November 10th Youth Pheasant Hunt Permits. On December 1 and December 28, adults (over age 17) buying a permit will have the opportunity to take a youth hunting for free. The adult must identify this opportunity and request it at the time he/she buys the permit.
IDNR staff at Wayne Fitzgerell State Park will operate the Controlled Pheasant Hunting Program. Pheasants will be supplied to the site from the Mt. Vernon Wildlife Propagation Center and will be released at the site daily.
Standby hunting is available. Standby permits are available at the hunter check station beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. on each hunting day if the hunter quota is not filled.
The hunter quota at Wayne Fitzgerrell is 120 hunters/day except for the IL Youth Pheasant Hunt. All hunting must be done with shotguns or bow and arrow. Only non-toxic shot approved by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service may be possessed and only shot size of No. 3 steel or tin, No. 4 bismuth, or No. 5 tungsten-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-matrix or smaller may be used. Flu-flu arrows only may be used by bow and arrow hunters. All hunters are required to wear a blaze orange cap and upper outer garment while hunting. Residents and non-residents must have in their possession a valid Illinois Hunting License when hunting in the Controlled Pheasant Hunt at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park.
Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park is located in Franklin and Jefferson Counties about 6 miles north of Benton, IL. The Park is on IL Route 154 1.5 miles from Interstate 57. The Park is the southernmost controlled pheasant hunting area. The hunting area is characterized by crop stubble fields with strips of standing corn remaining, fallow fields that have been strip mowed, woody and switch grass field divisions and small woodlots. Internal access to the Park hunting fields is excellent.
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.