About the Illinois Hunting Season

White tailed deer along with all other wildlife belong to the people of Illinois. There are so many people who come out to make a living based on these animals. With as many available options as there are for hunting and using the beautiful public and private lands there’s a chance the conservationist system will last well into our futures.

Come out and enjoy all that there is to offer including watching nature up close and personal and getting in touch with it in a way that so many before have been able to do as well. With its snowy winters and warm summers there are options on how you would like to spend your time visiting or living up north! Be sure to check out the links below as well.

Illinois Hunting Seasons Offered

Big Game: Deer, Wild Turkey

Birds: Waterfowl, Upland game, Dove

Illinois Hunting Season Dates 2021

Deer Season
Archery oct 1- Jan 17
Muzzleloader Dec 11-13
Firearms Nov 20-22 and Dec 3-6

Wild Turkey
Fall Firearms Oct 24- Nov 1
Fall Archery Oct1 – Jan

IL Deer Hunting Seasons

First FirearmNov 20-22,2020
Second FirearmDec 3-6,2020
Muzzleloader onlyDec 11-13,2020Hunters may
use a
permit with a
rifle during 2nd
firearm season
Late- Winter
Deer Season
Dec 31, 2020 –
January 3, 2021
& January 15-
17, 2021
Illinois resident
hunters must
purchase a valid
Late- Winter
Deer Season

Public land sites open to late- winter deer seasons require a site- specific permit
Be sure to check with the the wildlife commission to confirm.

Illinois Hunting License Info

Purchase an Illinois specific license here:

Resident/ NonresidentLicenseCost
ResidentLifetime Hunting$360.00
ResidentLifetime Sportsman’s Combo
Hunting/Fishing License
ResidentSportsmen’s Combo Hunting/
Fishing License


NonresidentLandowner Deer
Firearm Permit
ResidentDeer Firearm lottery
Permit Application
(Either Sex)
ResidentDeer Firearm Lottery
Permit Application
(Antlerless Only)
ResidentDeer Muzzleloader
Lottery Permit Application (Either
Sex & Antlerless Only)
ResidentDeer Archery OTC
Permit (Antlerless

IL Hunting Lottery Application Dates

PermitApplication Date
1st Lottery (firearm deer drawing)March 10- April 30, 2020
2nd LotteryMay 1- June 30, 2020
3rd LotteryJuly 1- August 21, 2020

Illinois Hunting news

Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that maintains the health and abundance of game species and the balance of natural resources. There are many designated public hunting areas and a site specific permit might be required to hunt as well.

Find a Hunting Guide

Hunting Guides in Illinois

Official Site and Links

Illinois State Regulatory Site:
Illinois State Regulatory
PDF: https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/conservation/wildlife/Pages/default.aspx
License Purchasing: https://www.il.wildlifelicense.com/license.php?action=custlkup