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The permit application process in affect for the public/private partnership sites operated by T. Miller, Inc. for the 2015/2016 controlled pheasant hunting season will be the same as last year, with only minor changes. We will again be accepting credit cards. We continue to operate these sites in cooperation with the Controlled Pheasant Hunting Program of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The system used is similar to that used by IDNR for the sites they operate, but customized for the public/partnership sites. We will continue with the system that requires use of credit cards, and an Internet based application procedure. The system is fairer to all applicants and spreads out the hunting opportunity among a greater number of hunters. At the same time, we will continue to allow multiple permits, the opportunity to harvest multiple birds, afternoon hunts at Silver Springs and Chain O' Lakes, and the opportunity to transfer permits among hunters, between dates and to other sites if dates are available. We will release 2, 3 or 4 birds per hunter, depending upon the type of permit each hunter holds. A second release is made prior to the afternoon hunt for those holding afternoon permits. Again this year we will have Special Hen Hunts at Chain O' Lakes and Silver Springs featuring four hens for $44.00. Cocks can also be taken during these hunts, but only hens will be released. See site information for dates.
RESERVED PERMIT INSTRUCTIONS
You must use the Public/Private Controlled Pheasant Hunting Permit Internet application system accessible at www.tmillerinc.com or through the link at the IDNR web site to reserve permits for the public/private partnership areas operated by T. Miller, Inc. We no longer will accept mail-in or phone-in applications except for Horseshoe Lake and Ramsey Lake in the 48 hour period prior to any hunt date.
Applications will be accepted beginning 1 July at 8:00 a.m. through 6 July at 8:00 a.m. CDT for inclusion in the first random drawing. Applicants unsuccessful in the first drawing can apply from 6 July at 10:00 a.m. through 19 July at 12:00 midnight CDT for inclusion in the second random drawing. A third random drawing will begin on 20 July at 10:00 a.m. through 2 August at 12:00 midnight CDT for hunters wanting a second permit through the drawing process.
Each applicant age sixteen and over may apply for only one area and receive only one permit during the first two drawing periods. Applicants that are successful in the first drawing period are not eligible for the second period. However, they may apply during the third drawing period for a second permit.
A random drawing means all applications from one period are randomly processed before applications from the next period are randomly processed. There is no advantage or disadvantage to entering a drawing early or late in the period. Drawings are typically completed on the first day following the close of a drawing period.
After the third drawing period, hunters will be able to acquire additional permits on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 10:00 a.m. on 3 August CDT until permit quotas are depleted or until 12 hours (48 hours at Ramsey and Horseshoe Lake) prior to any hunt date, whichever occurs first.
The application requires the permit holder’s name, complete address, e-mail address if available, hunting site name, hunt date, A.M. or P.M., number of partners, whether the application is for 2, 3 or 4 bird permits, and credit card number with expiration date.
Hunters are required to pay for permits in advance over a secure internet system using one of the following credit cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa. Pheasant hunting permits are $33 per person per day or afternoon for Illinois residents for a 2-bird permit at all sites (See site information for the cost or availability of 2, 3 & 4-bird permits at that site, fees for 3 & 4-bird permits are the same for residents and non-residents.) Two-bird permits for non-resident hunters are $35.00 per person per day or afternoon. A permit holder is allowed to bring up to three hunting partners, and must be present in order for the party to hunt. A prorated transaction fee from $3.75 to $11.25 depending upon the number of birds and/or reservations requested will be assessed for each transaction. Credit cards will be billed for hunters successful in the drawings and for hunters successfully acquiring permits on 3 August and thereafter. REFUNDS ARE NOT AVAILABLE EXCEPT ON A CASE-BY- CASE BASIS RELATED TO ILLNESS OR FAMILY EMERGENCY.
Hunters providing an accurate e-mail address will be sent an e-mail about the status of their application after each drawing period and when successfully completing a reservation on 3 August and thereafter. Hunters can check the website after each drawing period by using the “Check the Status of Your Application” feature and using the application number (DON’T FORGET TO WRITE DOWN YOUR APPLICATION NUMBER) to see if they were successful in a drawing. The “Check the Status of Your Application” feature can also be used to determine the status of the application during the first-come, first-served reservation period beginning on 3 August. Hunters successful in a drawing or successfully completing a reservation on or after 3 August may print either the e-mail notification or the web page resulting from the “Check the Status of Your Application” feature. THIS INFORMATION WILL SERVE AS THE HUNTING PERMIT. DON’T FORGET TO PRINT YOUR PERMIT.TRANSFERRING PERMITS
Permits at sites operated by T. Miller, Inc., may be transferred to another person, to another open date on that area, from A.M. to P.M. at sites having afternoon hunts, or to an open date on another site operated by T. Miller, Inc. Transfers must be completed through the 2015/16 hunting permit reservation system. Permit transfers can be completed only between 10:00 a.m., 3 August and 12 hours (48 hours at Ramsey and Horseshoe Lake) before the hunt date. A transaction fee of $5.00 will be charged to your credit card each time you transfer a permit.
Public/private partnership sites operated by T. Miller, Inc. will allow standby hunters if the daily quota at the site is not filled. Standby hunters acquire permits at the site hunter check station on the day of the hunt. No standby permits will be available for afternoon only hunters.
Chain O' Lakes (Lake County) – On Rt. 12, 2.5 miles west of Fox Lake, then 2 miles north. Follow signs. Fee $33 per 2 pheasant permit for residents; $35.00 per 2-pheasant permit for non-residents; $44 per 3-bird pheasant permit and for Special Hen Hunt Permits; $55 per 4-bird pheasant permit. Two permits can be hunted at the site per day. Check-in time: 7:00-8:00 a.m., or 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for afternoon only hunters. Season dates: 4 November – 20 December 2015. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays and 14 November for the Youth Hunt, and 20-22 November for firearm deer season. We do not operate the Youth Pheasant Hunt, contact IDNR. Special Hen Hunts will be held on 5 November and 3 December. No either sex permits will be issued for these dates but cock pheasants may be harvested though no cock birds will be released on those dates.
Horseshoe Lake (Madison County) – 4 miles North of Interstate 55-70 interchange (exit 6) on Illinois Rt. 111. Fee: $33 per 2-bird pheasant permit for residents, $32 for standbys paying at the site; $35.00 per 2-pheasant permit for non-residents; $44 per 3-bird pheasant permit, $43 for standby hunters paying at the site; $55 per 4-bird pheasant permit, $54 for standby hunters paying at the site. Check-in Time: 7:00-8:00 a.m. Afternoon only permits not available. Season dates: The first hunting day after the close of the 2015 Central Zone Duck Season or the second Wednesday of December, whichever comes first, through 31 January 2016. Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays, Christmas Day & New Years Day. Special Hunt Dates: To be announced. NOTE: This site will not be available for reservations until the opening day has been set.
Ramsey Lake (Fayette County) – 1 mile North of Ramsey on US Rt. 51, then west 2 miles. Follow signs. Fee $33 per 2-bird pheasant permit for residents, $32 for standby hunters paying at the site; $35.00 per 2-bird pheasant permit for non-residents; $44 per 3-bird pheasant permit, $43 for standby hunters paying at the site; $55 per 4-bird pheasant permit, $54 for standby hunters paying at the site. Check-in Time: 8:00-8:30 a.m. Afternoon only permits not available. Season dates: 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 20 - 22 and 25, 27, 28 & 29 November; 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 26 & 27 December 2015; 2 & 3, 8-10, 14-15 January 2016. Closed on dates not listed. Special Hunt Dates: To be announced.
Silver Springs (Kendall County) – Illinois Rt. 47 to Yorkville, then 5 miles west on Fox Road. Follow signs. Fee $33 per 2-bird pheasant permit for residents; $35.00 per 2-bird pheasant permit for non-residents; $44 per 3-bird pheasant permit and for Special Hen Hunt Permits; $55 per 4-bird pheasant permit. Check-in Time: 8:00-8:30 a.m., or 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for afternoon only hunters. Season dates: 17 October 2015 – 8 January 2016. Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Special Hen Hunt dates are 16 October and 10 November. No Either Sex permits will be issued for these dates but cock pheasants may be harvested though no cocks will be released on those dates.
1. Hunters with permits for Chain O' Lakes or Horseshoe Lake are required to check in at the check station between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Hunters with permits for Ramsey Lake or Silver Springs are required to check in at the check station between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Afternoon only hunters at Chain O' Lakes and Silver Springs must check in between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
2. When daily quotas are not filled, permits will be sold on a first-come first-served basis until the daily quota is reached, or until 9 a.m., whichever occurs first.
3. Hunters are required to deposit their hunting license in the check station while hunting. Persons exempt by law from having a hunting license must deposit their Firearms Owners Identification Card (NOTE: Self check-out sites may waive these requirements.) If they are under 21 years of age and do not have a card they must be accompanied by an adult who has a valid card in possession.
4. Hunters must carry their permit while hunting.
5. Hunting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Afternoon hunts are from 12 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
6. Hunters must stay within the assigned area for the first hour before they can move to another hunting area.
7. All hunting must be done with shotguns or bow and arrow. Only shot shells with a shot size of No. 5 lead or a nontoxic shot size ballistically equivalent to No. 5 lead or smaller may be used. NOTE: At Chain O' Lakes only nontoxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service may be possessed and only shot shells with a non-toxic shot size ballistically equivalent to No. 5 lead or smaller may be used or in possession. Flu flu arrows only may be used.
8. Hunters must unload and case shotguns before moving to a new area by vehicle.
9. Hunters are required to wear a blaze orange cap and upper outer garment of at least 400 square inches while hunting.
10. Back patches must be worn on the back of the hunting coat or cap.
11. Daily limits:
Chain O' Lakes State Park: 4 pheasants of either sex; 2 pheasants of either sex may be taken per permit with a maximum of 2 permits per hunter per day, or a 3 or 4-bird pheasant permit with a maximum of one of either of these permits per day.
Horseshoe Lake State Park: 4 pheasants of either sex; each hunter may obtain a 2 pheasant permit with a maximum of 2 of these permits per day or a 3 or 4-bird pheasant permit with a maximum of one of either of these permits per day. On the first day of the controlled pheasant hunting season, each hunter will also be allowed to harvest 4 quail and 2 rabbits.
Ramsey Lake State Park: 4 pheasants of either sex; each hunter may obtain a 2 pheasant permit with a maximum of 2 of these permits per day or a 3 or 4-bird pheasant permit with a maximum of one of either of these permits per day; 8 bobwhite quail and 4 rabbits.
Silver Springs State Park: 4 pheasants of either sex; each hunter may obtain a 2 pheasant permit with a maximum of 2 of these permits per day or a 3 or 4-bird pheasant permit with a maximum of one of either of these permits per day.
12. Hunters with previously harvested game in possession or in their vehicle must declare the game with the person in charge of the area during check-in. Undeclared game found in the hunter’s possession after the hunter has started hunting on the area will be considered illegally taken.
13. Non-hunters are not allowed in the field.
14. No fires or smoking allowed in the field.
15. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
16. Hunters must dispose of trash properly in the trash receptacles provided or they must take trash home.
17. Hunters must check out before leaving the area. Note; some sites may be self-check out.
18. Hunters must bring pheasants to the check station for banding and return back patches and permits when checking out.
19. It is unlawful to take pheasants or quail when not flying.
20. Hunters must make sure the target background is safe before firing.
21. Hunters are expected to be careful and courteous while hunting by practicing gun safety and good sportsmanship.