Jim Edgar Panther Creek Hunter Fact Sheet

2013 - 2014 Season

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The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation opportunities. The use of wildlife populations, whether it be for hunting or observation, is one aspect of this role. This Hunting Fact Sheet is provided to insure that the regulations governing the use of our wildlife resources are available and understood. In addition, it is useful in acquainting visitors with common species and habitats on the area. In all cases, ask site personnel about additional rules, regulations and site information.

LOCATION: Jim Edgar Panther Creek SF&WA (JEPC) is located between Ashland and Chandlerville, Illinois, 25 miles Northwest of Springfield, Illinois, in Cass County.

DESCRIPTION:

Total Acres: 16,550         Huntable Acres: 16,400

Open Acres: 10,050        Timbered Acres 6,500

Jim Edgar Panther Creek SF&WA is characterized by rolling to steeply rolling uplands; 4,000 acres of crop land; 6,500 acres of timberland; with the balance of acres in native grass, food plots, or idled farmland.

SPECIES, SEASON, HOURS:

  Open Units Upland Game Mgmt Unit Controlled Hunt
Squirrel 1 1, 7 1,7
Youth Deer Firearm 9 CLOSED CLOSED
Deer Firearm 4 4 4
Deer Muzzleloader 4 CLOSED CLOSED
Deer Archery 1 - Resident

8 - Non-Resident
1 - Resident

8 - Non-Resident
1 - Resident

8 - Non-Resident
Youth Turkey Spring 4 4 4
Turkey Spring 4 4 4
Turkey Fall (Archery/Shotgun) 1 - Archery

4 - Shotgun
1 - Archery

4 - Shotgun
1 - Archery

4 - Shotgun
Dove (Check-in time is 7:00 - 11:00 AM) 1,6 1, 6 1, 6
Upland Game 1 2 3
Furbearer Hunting 1 1 1
Trapping 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5
Waterfowl 11 11 10


Antlered deer must have at least four (4) points on one site to harvest.

Statewide regulations.

  1. Free Site Hunting Permits (windshield cards are required for species as noted. These are available online at www.dnr.illinois.gov. Navigate to "Hunting/Trapping" and then "Public Hunting Areas" to print these permits. Hunters will be required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information. Failure to submit data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.
  2. For Free Upland Game Permit area, a Free Upland Game Permit Application must be submitted online for a lottery drawing to be held in August. The application is available at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/uplandgame. Hunters will be required to return their harvest card prior to February 15th each year. Failure to submit card will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year. Permit holders may bring up to three hunting partners.
  3. For the controlled hunting program applications must be submitted on-line starting August 1st by going to http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/controlled_hunt/default.asp
  4. Firearm deer hunting and Turkey Hunting permits are available through the permit Lottery System by going to http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting /Pages/ApplyForDeerOrTurkeyPermit.aspx
  5. Hunting with special permit form site office. Contact site office for details.
  6. Hunting with a special permit first 10 days (Sept 1 - 5 permit through the Permit Lottery System, http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/dove/Pages/OnlinePermitApplication.aspx Sept 6 - 10 site permit through special daily drawing. From 9/11 through 10/31 all areas open, see number 1 above.
  7. Hunting in controlled unit and upland game unit 8/1 through 10/31.
  8. Non-Residents are required to obtain a special permit to hunt during the period 28 days before the first statewide firearm deer season. Statewide regulations prior to and following these dates. Contact site office for details.
  9. Hunting with special permit form site office.  Youth hunters must submit their name, address and birth date to the site office for a drawing by August 31. Successful hunters must have a Cass County Youth Firearm Deer permit; permits are available over the counter at licensed vendors.
  10. Waterfowl hunting on Prairie Lake will be allowed on Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting November 1 of each year and will end no later than January 15 of each year. Blind sites shall be allocated at 5:00 a.m. at the Site Office.
  11. Conservation Order Snow Goose hunting is allowed after the close of the regular Canada goose season.

Parking allowed in designated parking areas only; no road side parking allowed.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Mike Wickens, Site Superintendent, 10149 County Highway 11, Chandlerville, IL 62627 or at (217) 452-7741.

Equal opportunity to participate in programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and those funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies is available to all individuals regardless of race, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, or other non-merit factors. If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the funding source’s civil rights office and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, IDNR, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; (217)785-0067; TTY (217)782-9175.