The state’s controlled pheasant season is being extended.
Three state sites will be offering extra days for pheasant hunting. The new dates will be Jan. 10-12 at Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area in Clinton County and Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area in Franklin and Jefferson Counties. The extended season at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in Cass County will run Jan. 16-19.
“The weather’s not been particularly good and we have some leftover birds, and if we’ve got birds and hunters interested, we’ll put the birds out and hunters will have a shot at them,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesman Tim Schweizer.
Schweizer says the controlled pheasant hunting program has been popular, so hunters should go online at www.dnr.illinois.gov to reserve a permit.