Il DNR News

Remaining Firearm Deer Permits: A limited number of Illinois firearm and muzzleloader deer permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors through Dec. 3, or until quotas are exhausted.  Find a vendor near you at this link:

Archery Deer and Fall Turkey Permits:  Illinois Archery Deer and Illinois Archery Fall Turkey seasons are open through Jan. 14, 2018.  Permits are available over-the-counter at DNR Direct license and permit vendors. Find a vendor near you CLICK HERE

Archery, Firearm, Muzzleloader, and Late-Winter/CWD Seasons CWD Sampling: Deer hunters statewide are encouraged to allow samples to be taken for chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling from adult deer they harvest.  Check the IDNR website at this link for locations that are serving as CWD sampling stations, taking samples from entire deer or deer heads through the end of the season (Jan. 14, 2018):    CLICK HERE

Spring Turkey Applications:  Resident hunters may now apply for the first lottery for 2018 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season permits online. Go to the IDNR website for more information at this link:  CLICK HERE

The application deadline for the first lottery for 2017 resident spring turkey permits is Dec. 1, 2017.   

Online Free Site Hunting Permits:  Hunters are reminded that Free Site Hunting Permits (windshield cards) to hunt upland, forest game and waterfowl at IDNR sites are available online from the IDNR website   CLICK HERE

Follow the link to windshield card page. For information or assistance, hunters should contact the site where they intend to hunt.

Hunting Regulations:  For information on Illinois hunting seasons and regulations, click here for the Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations 2017-18:    CLICK HERE

For information on waterfowl hunting seasons and regulations in Illinois, click on the Illinois Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations 2017-18   CLICK HERE

Upland Hunting: What are the prospects for the 2017-18 pheasant, quail and rabbit seasons in Illinois?  Check the IDNR website for the annual hunting prospects reports prepared by the IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources.  The links to the reports can be found on the IDNR website  CLICK HERE

Public Hunting Areas Report:  The latest edition of the IDNR Illinois Public Hunting Areas Report – with details on public lands hunting effort and harvest – is available online on the IDNR website at this link:  CLICK HERE

Controlled Pheasant Permits:  Hunters can apply online now for 2017-18 Illinois controlled pheasant hunting opportunities available at IDNR sites.  Sixteen of the sites are operated by the IDNR, while four other sites are managed by concessionaire T. Miller, Inc.  For application information, check the websites CLICK HERE

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