The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced deer hunting season dates and revisions in the state’s Late-Winter Antlerless-Only Deer Season for the upcoming 2012-13 seasons. Later this year, the IDNR wildlife division will be seeking public input as it continues to look for ways to improve Illinois’ deer management program.
The Illinois Archery Deer Season will be Oct. 1, 2012-Jan. 20, 2013. The Youth Firearm Deer Season will be Oct 6-7, 2012, while the regular seven-day Illinois Firearm Deer Season will be Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2012. The Muzzleloader-only Deer Season will be Dec. 7-9, 2012. The seven-day Late-Winter Antlerless-Only Deer Season and Special CWD Deer Season dates will be Dec. 27-30, 2012 and Jan. 18-20, 2013.
Late-Winter Deer Season Changes
The IDNR revised the list of counties open for the Late-Winter Antlerless-Only Deer Season based on an annual review of antlerless deer harvest and deer management needs in individual counties. Ten counties that were open previously to the Late-Winter season will be closed for the 2012-13 season.
The 10 formerly-open counties that have met the harvest goal established by the Joint Task Force on Deer Population Control in 2008 are: Cass, Christian, Henry, Johnson, Lawrence, Mason, Morgan, Tazewell, Union and Wabash. Firearm hunters in those counties should plan on taking their antlerless deer during the regular firearm or muzzleloader seasons, as the Late Winter Antlerless-Only Season will not be an option during 2012-13.
There will be no change in the counties open for the Special CWD Deer Season for 2012-13.
Of Illinois’ 102 counties, 56 are open for the Late-Winter Season, 10 are open for the Special CWD Season, and 36 are closed during those seasons.
For more information on deer seasons and deer permit information, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer