SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Young hunters between the ages of 10 and 17 can apply now for the youth wingshooting clinics and Illinois youth pheasant hunts scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at Edward R. Madigan State Fish and Wildlife Area in Logan County, and Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in DeWitt County.
At each event, young hunters will participate in a wingshooting clinic during the morning with instruction from National Sporting Clays Association/IDNR-certified wingshooting instructors. Young hunters will practice safe shotgun handling and operation while advancing their wingshooting skills. Youth pheasant hunts will take place during the afternoon.
Young hunters must have successfully completed an approved hunter safety course and have a valid hunting license to participate.
Co-sponsors assist with the wingshooting clinics and pheasant hunts, providing funding for clay targets, target and field shot shells, and lunch for the young hunters. Co-sponsor organization members also provide bird dogs, bird dog handlers, and hunting guides. At Edward R. Madigan SFWA, co-sponsors are the Logan County Chapter of Pheasants Forever and the Logan County Chapter of the Quail and Upland Game Alliance. At Clinton Lake SRA, the co-sponsor is the DeWitt County Chapter of Pheasants Forever.
Permits for the Edward R. Madigan SFWA and Clinton Lake SRA youth wingshooting clinics and pheasant hunts are available through the IDNR Controlled Pheasant Hunting online reservation system. Hunters need to review the “Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt Information” and the “Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt Regulations” on the controlled pheasant hunting webpage prior to applying.
Participants in the clinics and hunts will be required to observe all guidance from the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health at the time of the event regarding face coverings and social distancing.
For complete details, check the controlled pheasant hunting website at https://dnr2.illinois.gov/controlledhunt/.