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Versatile Hunter

Annual Gilles/PF Farm Youth Pheasant Hunt Coming Up

Sun, November 03, 2019

One of my favorite and most well-run youth upland hunts is coming up at the end of this month.  If you or anyone you know with young hunters is interested please read the details below!

Youth Pheasant Hunt:

The youth pheasant hunt will be the weekend following Thanksgiving Day:  Saturday, Nov. 30th, and Sunday, Dec. 1st at the Gilles Farm, 22025 N. Maher Rd, north off of Rt. 90 west of Princeville. Pheasants Forever will provide each youth 2 pheasants to be hunted on those 2 days.  There will be 3 hunting groups with dogs, dog handlers, and bird setters.  We will take 6 kids to the field, but only 2 will hunt at one time. Each child will have the opportunity to shoot 2 pheasants. Kids 10 years old through high school may attend the hunt. They MUST have taken the hunter safety class and passed.

Choose from these times on Saturday or Sunday

  8:00a – 10:00a
10:00a – 12:00a
12:00p –  2:00p
  2:00p –  4:00p

Please call ahead to schedule your hunt time.

Pheasants Forever will provide each youth 2 pheasants to be hunted on these days. Each group will take 5 kids with their parent or guardian field to hunt the birds. Groups will also include dogs, dog handlers, and bird setters.  PLEASE BE SURE TO WEAR YOUR ORANGE! ​

Committee members for these events are Ted Gilles and Mike Aldrich. If interested in these events e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Mike at (309) 229-4090.

Mike Aldrich
(309) 229-4090
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Ted Gilles
(309) 645-5739

Paid family or group hunts will be offered for a day hunt in December or January. Please call Ted Gilles at (309) 645-5739 for more details.

Copyright © 2019 PHEASANTS FOREVER, All rights reserved.


Oak Ridge Sportsman’s Club Tower Shoots

Thu, February 07, 2019

If you’ve never tried a traditional tower shoot then I suggest you do.  I’ve ran the dog for “pick up” on these events and have even shot at a few and they are always a good test of your shooting skills and a good way to get out of the house in the depression of winter and hang with friends.

Here are the details:

February 16 and March 9, 2019

Sign in starts at 8 am, head to the field at 9 am

Advanced registration requested

$100 entry fee includes 6 pheasants thrown and lunch for every hunter

Oak Ridge will throw an extra free pheasant for every 2 hunters

Extra dogs and dog handlers are often needed to retrieve at these shoots. If you would be interested in running your dog, please contact us.

Black Bird pool – $10 entry fee, shoot the one black bird thrown and win the pool. If the black bird is not harvested, the pool goes to the dog handlers. Black bird availability is unknown, will be offered if available.

These tower shoots will be in the same flat location as last year. Hill climbing no longer required. As usual, there will be a wagon ride to the field.

There is a minimum of 15 people required to hold each shoot – a date will be cancelled if the minimum is not met. Reach out to anyone who might be interested so we can have a full shoot!

The maximum for each shoot is 30 hunters, 2 per station. If less than 30 sign up, a drawing will be held to determine who shoots at a station alone.

A tower shoot is a group effort. Here’s how it works:
• There is a central tower from which the pheasants will be released, with a circle of shooters around it.
• Hunters will rotate to each station around the circle
• Shooting is to the outside of the circle only – this will be enforced
• Dogs and handlers will be provided to retrieve birds – please do not bring a dog
• All harvested birds will be kept by handlers until the end of the shoot. The birds will be collected by Oak Ridge and distributed evenly among the hunters.
• Lead shot size 4, 5 or 6 preferred, size 2 shot is not allowed
• Eye protection required
• Please bring your hunting license and orange hat
• No 4-wheelers or side by sides will be allowed unless the field is frozen or dry

Sign up today! Call Brian at 309-208-2624


Pheasant Fest!

Tue, January 22, 2019

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend the 2019 Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic—the Nation’s largest upland bird hunting and conservation trade show!

Hosted by Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, this 3-day celebration will be held February 22, 23 & 24 at the Schaumburg Convention Center in suburban Chicago.  Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic combines a national consumer show, wildlife habitat seminar series, and family events complete with puppies, tractors, shotguns, and art. It’s grown to be the country’s largest event for upland hunters, sporting dog owners, and wildlife habitat conservationists.

Register now at to get a COMPLIMENTARY 1-day pass (limited supplies) or go to for full ticket information.

While at the show, visit the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF)  booth in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources exhibit area and BECOME an ICF MEMBER at the special Pheasant Fest rate of only $20!  All those who join under this Pheasant Fest offer will have a chance to WIN YOUR CHOICE of an Illinois Lifetime Resident Hunting License or K2 Cooler!  Also, the first 250 new or returning members to join ICF also will receive a FREE “Bore Boss” flexible cleaning rod!

As an ICF member you will be supporting youth conservation education and youth hunting & shooting programs offered in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and other Illinois conservation organizations such as Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever.  Help us preserve our upland hunting heritage by attending the 2019 Pheasant Fest and becoming an ICF member!

Eric Schenck
Executive Director
Illinois Conservation Foundation

The Illinois Conservation Foundation inspires today’s youth—tomorrow’s leaders—by providing quality outdoor education and programs that instill a lifelong interest in conservation, ecology and sustainability.  Join us at

The Illinois Conservation Foundation, or ICF, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) conservation organization dedicated to conserving Illinois parks, fish and wildlife areas, and natural habitats, and maintaining Illinois outdoor heritage traditions.


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