GAME BIRD HUNTING
offers a challenging variety of Upland Game bird hunting and
under natural field conditions. Hunters are paired up and always hunt
over the dogs from mowed areas. This adds to safety and gives the
hunter an opportunity to watch skilled dogs work in cover. Our guests
may try their hands at bagging the feisty Ring-necked Pheasant or
Pheasant is perhaps the most popular of all upland game preserve
birds - comprising more than half of all preserve birds harvested
in the U.S. While not a native to Southeastern Illinois, they're
adaptable enough to be a successful and challenging bird at NILO.
We use Springers to flush pheasants rather than point them because
we feel the edge of unpredictability adds to the sport.
Chukar Partridge is arguably the best bird for game preserve
shooting and a very successful addition at NILO. It combines the
endurance of the Pheasant with the unpredictable flight pattern
of the Quail. Chukars, like Pheasants, are hunted with aggressive
flushing dogs like Springers and Labs.
Any number of hunted species has its share of dovoted followers.
no bird commands as much popularity as the Drake Mallard.
The Mallard - or "Green Head" - is one of the smartest
of the duck family. But fortunately, they can be conditioned to
ignore their migratory habits and still provide some exciting sport
for the hunter with fast flying pass shooting at speeds up to 60
miles per hour!
NILO duck shoots are supervised by two people:
a dog handler, and the manager of the hunt. We use one or two retrievers
to gather all crippled and dead ducks.
Before the hunt begins, the manager explains the shoot and all
safety rules. The duck hunters are then assigned to the blinds in
pairs for freedom of movement. NILO blinds are of a high-sided construction
hidden by corn stalks and positioned to add to the realism of the
hunt. This design also restricts the direction of shooting and protects
the hunters, guides and dogs. Trees located around the duck flighting
area also add to the challenge of the shoot.
The Mallards are flighted at varying time intervals and in varying
numbers. Because Mallards are powerful and direct fliers - and not
without some acrobatic ability - each hunter only has two or three
seconds to make his shot during each pass. We can often keep a group
of hunters shooting holes in the sky for at least an hour before
harvesting their limit of four ducks apiece!