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Upland Hunting in the Prairie State

There are two primary factors that influence pheasant and quail populations:  the weather and habitat.  We still can't seem to control the weather, so at Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever we focus our efforts on providing quality habitat for our favorite birds (and a lot of other wildlife at the same time).  When it comest to habitat, it's both the limited quantity of habitat as well as the poor quality of the little habitat which remains.  Not surprisingly, lack of habitat for upland game not only influences wildlife populations, it also is directly related to a lack of opportunity for hunters.  In fact, a survey of Illinois hunteres identified "access" as the top challenge facing upland hunters.  

At PF/QF in Illinois we share a vision that in every county served by one of our 60 PF and QF chapters, we should have at least 80 acres of walk-in upland hunting available.  We're a long way from that today, but we're committed to moving towards realizing that vision in the future.  In the meantime, we're going to do our best to provide Illinois small game hunters information on where they can chase roosters and gentleman bob.



  • Forever Fields Upland Habitat Area (508 ac, Knox County) - open to public walk in hunting starting November 10, 2014.
    • Download the Site Regulations and map (hunting, fishing, birding, naturalist)
    • Print a site windshield permit (required for all hunting activities)
    • Get an IRAP site permit (for fishing and naturalist activities - only open April 1 - September 30)
    • Apply for a free special permit for hunting during the 1st 2 weeks of IL upland season (Available Aug 1 - Sept 15)
  • Busby - Meyer Habitat Area (108 ac, Vermilion County).  Purchased by PF with support from the IL Clean Energy Community Foundation and donated to the Vermilion County Conservation District with the caveat that it remain open to public walk-in hunting for upland game.


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