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What are the hunting requirements in Illinois?

In order to hunt turkey in Illinois, a person needs to have:
  • a valid hunting license
  • a state habitat stamp and
  • a turkey permit
You can purchase a license and the habitat stamp online through DNR Direct, over the counter from a license vendor or by calling 1-888-673-7648.

There are several types of permits available either online, over the counter, or by mailing in a paper application.

Hunting devices, ammunition and garment requirements can be found in the Digest of Hunting and Trapping RegulationsIt is recommended that a permit be obtained prior to purchasing a hunting license or habitat stamp.

You can correct a permit application or request a replacement permit if needed.

You can also check on the status of your permit on our Turkey Permit Application Inquiry System.

Where can I hunt turkey in Illinois?

IDNR allows turkey hunting at many of our owned or managed sites.  Hunting is also allowed on private property IF you have received prior permission from the landowner or tenant.  IDNR has a Land Access Permission Card to facilitate this approval.  "Property Only Hunting" permits are available to landowners who meet the requirements.

When can I hunt turkey in Illinois and when can I apply for the permits?

Illinois has three different seasons for turkey hunting.  There is the Spring Turkey Season that is broken down into five different seasons for a total of 32 hunting days.  Fall Archery Season opens October 1st and runs into January of the following year.  There is also a nine day Fall Firearm Season.  There are also specific application periods for the Spring and the Fall Turkey Seasons

Is there anything that I need to do once I harvest a turkey?

After a successful hunt, you are required to report the harvest by 3:00 p.m. for Spring Turkey Season and  by 10:00 p.m. for the Fall Turkey Seasons that same day either through our online Harvest Reporting System or by calling in the information at 1-866-452-4325.  Several measurements are required before either method of check-in can be completed.  Tagging and transportation requirements can be found in the Digest.