Participants must have successfully completed an approved hunter safety course and have a valid hunting license.

GRAFTONYoung hunters between the ages of 10 and 17 can apply now for the Pere Marquette Youth Wingshooting Clinic and Pheasant Hunt scheduled for Saturday, March 5 at Pere Marquette State Park in Jersey County.

Get The Latest News!

Don't miss our top stories and need-to-know news everyday in your inbox.

The Pere Marquette youth clinic and hunt have been popular late winter/early spring additions to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ wingshooting and youth pheasant hunting programs.

Young hunters will participate in a wingshooting clinic during the morning taught by instructors certified by the National Sporting Clays Association and IDNR. Young hunters will advance their wingshooting skills while practicing safe shotgun handling and operation.

Article continues after sponsor message

The pheasant hunt will take place during the afternoon. Participants must have successfully completed an approved hunter safety course and have a valid hunting license. Participants are required to observe current guidance from the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health regarding face coverings and social distancing.

Permits for the Pere Marquette Youth Pheasant Hunt are available through IDNR’s Controlled Pheasant Hunting Internet Reservation System. Hunters should review Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt Information and Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt Regulations on the website prior to applying.

To navigate to the controlled pheasant hunting website from dnr.illinois.gov:

  • Click on “Controlled Pheasant Hunting” from the drop-down menu under the “Hunt/Trap” button the homepage toolbar.
  • Select the box labeled “Click Here for Applications,” then choose “Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunts.”
  • Complete the online form. Choose “IYPH – Pere Marquette (Mar 5)” when prompted to “Select Area” in Part 2 of the form.

More than a dozen co-sponsors are assisting with the events by providing funding for clay targets, target and field shot shells, and lunch for participants. Through the assistance of some of their members, co-sponsors also provide bird dogs, bird dog handlers, and hunting guides.

Co-sponsors include Alwerdt’s Pheasant Farm, Altamont; Bollini Taxidermy; Channel-Seedsmanship At Work; Clemens Insurance; Ducks Unlimited, Jersey County Chapter; Friends of Pere Marquette State Park; Fur Takers of America; Green Roof Kennels; the Illinois Federation of Outdoor Resources; the Illinois National Shoot-To-Retrieve Field Trial Association; Migratory Waterfowl; the National Wild Turkey Federation, Midwest Gobblers Chapter; Pfister Seed Co.; Quail Forever, Illinois Pioneer Chapter; Todd Parish, attorney at law; Ward Financial Services; Whitworth-Horn-Goetten Insurance Agency; and Winchester/Olin.

Read More:

Jan 11, 2022 | Apply Now For Pere Marquette Youth Wingshooting Clinic, Pheasant Hunt Jan 11, 2022

Jan 11, 2021 | Events Held At Pere Marquette State Park March 20, Apply for Youth Wingshooting Clinics and Pheasant Hunts Jan 11, 2021

Jan 30, 2022 | Apply Now For World Shooting And Recreational Complex Youthwingshooting Clinic And Illinois Youth Pheasant Hunt Jan 30, 2022

Sep 1, 2016 | IDNR releases September "Newsbits" Sep 1, 2016

RBRadioLaunchGif"ZZ Top - La Grange" now playing on The Eagle, the Riverbend's only Classic Rock station. Check out Riverbender Radio Today and Listen to Win!