Last last week, I received my first free upland game permit in five years.
The last time I drew a free upland game permit, which give a hunter and up to three companions (at most sites) the right to hunt a pheasant or quail habitat site for one day, was five years ago for Clifton PHA (above).
This time I drew a distant site down by Peoria, a place I have never been, so it should be interesting.
So far, I haven't heard from any friends whether they drew lucky.
Five years between successful draws seems like a long time.
But it is the coolest hunting program in Illinois. The draw for 2011 begins on Aug. 1, 2011. Yes, it is worth looking that far ahead.