Go to the Pheasants Forever website, don't mess with your local chapter. Recently, Pheasants/Quail Forever hired several biologists for Illinois. They cover a pretty large territory, so you might not get face to face assistance, but they should know what programs are available and who to contact.
If you've tried contacting federal agencies in the past month, don't be surprised that you didn't get a response. Since it became apparent that a shutdown was a distinct possibility, staff was probably in almost non-stop meetings on how to deal with a shutdown.
Semper Fi, Marines
Casey 1997-2011 RIP