When it comes to applying for your firearm permit, don't delay. Waiting until the last minute could result with something delaying your making your application and missing the date. Do it now because resident Illinois deer hunters can apply online beginning March 12 through April 30 for the first lottery drawings for 2013 Illinois firearm and muzzleloader-only deer season permits through DNR Direct. Just click on the Online Services tab on the IDNR website home page at www.dnr.illinois.gov.
Application forms in PDF format will be available online in April. The first lottery drawings for firearm and muzzleloader-only deer permits are for Illinois residents only.