Illinois’ most popular hunting season begins Friday through Sunday, Nov. 19-21 as hunters will head to the field for the opening weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season. The seven-day firearm hunt will conclude on Dec. 2-5.


Illinois’ most popular hunting season begins Friday through Sunday, Nov. 19-21 as hunters will head to the field for the opening weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season. The seven-day firearm hunt will conclude on Dec. 2-5.

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 99,493 deer during the seven-day firearm deer hunting season in 2009. More than 370,000 permits have been issued for this year’s firearm deer season so far. For information on remaining permits, check the IDNR website at this link:  http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/Deer.aspx

The legal hunting hours for the firearm deer season are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Hunters successful in taking a deer during the firearm season in most counties must register the deer they harvest online through the IDNR website at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/HarvestReporting.aspx or by phoning 1-866-IL-CHECK (1-866-452-4325). Hunters using the online or phone-in system must register their harvest by 10 p.m. on the day they take the deer. It is recommended that hunters using cellular phones to register their harvest wait until they are out of the field and have a clear cell phone signal before attempting to make the harvest report phone call.

For more information on Illinois deer hunting regulations, check the IDNR web site at this link: 

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/Deer.aspx