The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for the preservation and restoration of wildlife habitat and for providing hunting opportunities for the residents of this state. Birkbeck Pheasant Habitat Area, purchased with the revenue generated from the Illinois Habitat Stamp, provides high quality permanent habitat for ring-necked pheasants and hunting opportunities for Illinois sportsman.
LOCATION: Five miles east of Clinton on IL Route 54 to Birkbeck, then 3 miles north on County Road 21.
DESCRIPTION: TOTAL ACRES: 80.0 HUNTABLE ACRES: 77.0 OPEN DITCH: 3.0 TIMBERED ACRES: 0 OPEN ACRES: 80.0.
Birkbeck is characterized by grasslands (96%) as the major habitat component.
SEASONS, HOURS, LIMITS
Pheasant, rabbit and quail hunting is by Free Upland Game Permit Only issued by 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 and limits 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.
- Only one hunting party, consisting of the permit holder and no more the three companions, will be allowed each day.
- All hunting must be done 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.