Youth pheasant hunt

October 19, 2018 GMT

Daily Journal staff report

Free youth hunting for pheasants will be held Nov. 10 at Iroquois County State Wildlife Area, east of St. Anne; Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area, northwest of Wilmington; Moraine View Conservation Area, west of Gibson City; and other Illinois locations.

The events are open to hunters ages 10 to 17, who must be accompanied by a supervising, nonhunting adult age 18 or older and must have completed a state hunter safety course.

Standby entry usually is available at Iroquois County and Des Plaines, the site superintendents said Wednesday. Standby check-in starts at 7 a.m.

The events start with hunting dog demonstrations and an introduction to hunting safety. Hunting is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Additional free youth hunts will be offered Nov. 25 and Dec. 29 at Iroquois County, Des Plaines, Moraine View and Kankakee River State Park, with check-in times of 8 a.m. Fees are $30 for Illinois adult hunting chaperones and $35 for out-of-state hunters.

Check-in at Kankakee River is at the former concession stand at the Rock Creek suspension bridge parking lot. Iroquois County State Wildlife Area is 7 miles east of Illinois Route 1 on Iroquois County Road 3300N, a mile south of St. Anne. Des Plaines check-in is west of Interstate 55, at exit 241.

Controlled pheasant hunting sites are closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Christmas and New Year’s Day. Controlled pheasant hunting continues at Iroquois County and Des Plaines until Dec. 31 and through Jan. 7 at Kankakee River State Park. Iroquois County and Des Plaines are closed for the shotgun deer season Nov. 17-19.

Permits are available online at dnr.illinois.gov.