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Gifford Pheasant Habitat Area

2018-2019 Season


The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is responsible for the preservation and restoration of wildlife habitat and for providing hunting opportunity for the residents of the state. Gifford Pheasant Habitat Area, developed with the cooperation of the Champaign County Pheasants Forever Chapter, provides for high quality permanent grassland habitat for the ring-necked pheasant and other grassland dependent wildlife species. Gifford Pheasant Habitat Area is a satellite of Kickapoo State Recreation Area.

LOCATION: This area is 2.0 miles west and 3/4 mile north of Gifford, in north east Champaign county. Access is 3/4 mile north of state route 136 on county road 2100 east.


The total area of the site is 100.5 acres. 100 acres is open to hunting.


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. Hunting hours are from sunrise until 4:00pm and limits are statewide.


  1. Hunters may apply for a free upland hunt until Aug 31. A Free Upland Game Permit Application must be submitted online for a lottery drawing to be held in August. The application is available at 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.
  2. Only one hunting party, consisting of the permit holder and no more than three companions will be allowed each day.
  3. All hunting must be with shotgun or bow and arrow.
  4. Hunters must wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid blaze orange (at least 400 square inches).

Grassland habitat renovation will be occurring on the area. These activities are designed to improve pheasant habitat.
For further information, please contact: Division of Wildlife Resources at (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.