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 Herschel Workman Pheasant Habitat Area was purchased with revenue generated through the sale of the Illinois Pheasant Stamp and it's satellite was purchased with the revenue generated through the Illinois Habitat Stamp. These lands are developed in cooperation with the Pioneer, South Cook and Vermilion County Chapters of Pheasants Forever. These two areas provide high quality permanent habitat for ring-necked pheasants and hunting opportunity for Illinois sportsmen.
LOCATION: One mile west of Rankin, and the (Herschel Workman Satellite), one mile east and one mile south of Rankin in northwest Vermilion County.
DESCRIPTION OF THE AREA:
||HUNTABLE ACRES: 141|
||TIMBERED ACRES: 6|
|OPEN ACRES: 135
The total area of the two sites is 137 acres. Both of these areas are open to hunting.
SEASONS, HOURS, LIMITS
Pheasant, rabbit and quail hunting is by free Permit Only. 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 4:00 p.m. and limits are statewide. Trapping is also allowed under regulations below.
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 than three companions, will be allowed each day.
- All upland 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).
- Trappers must use only Egg Traps, D-P (Dog-Proof) Traps, box traps, cage traps, and traps of similar design for land sets.
- Traps must be clearly marked with owners name and address and must be checked daily.
- Trappers must possess a windshield card and report harvest. Windshield cards can be obtained from the DNR website at https://dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/
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.