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Youth Turkey Hunting

IRAP 2016 Youth Turkey Applications are now available!

The Basics
Who: Youth turkey hunters under the age of 18 who have completed their hunter safety course and have a non-hunting adult with a FOID card (if hunting youth is hunting with a shotgun) and hunting license to accompany them.
Where: IRAP has leased turkey hunting sites from private landowners in nearly 30  Illinois counties. The majority of the sites are at least 40 acres and have been evaluated for turkey activity to provide the highest possibility for a good hunting experience.  Follow this link for Map of Counties.
When: Leased sites are available in the spring for Youth season and regular 3rd and 4th season turkey hunting.
  • Youth Season:  March 26 &27 (south zone) - April 2 & 3 (north zone)
  • 2016 Spring 3rd Season:  April 15 – 20 (south zone) - April 22 – 27 (north zone)
  • 2016 Spring 4th  Season:  April 21 – 27 (south zone) - May 1 – 7 (north zone)


How: Applications are taken from November up until 30 days prior to the season the youth is applying for.  For youth season, IDNR will hold a lottery for each county.  


For 3rd and 4th season  the youth applicant must first obtain a county specific turkey permit through the IDNR lottery. The link can be found HERE.  Once the applicant receives his or her turkey permit, then immediately fill out the IRAP


Youth Turkey Hunting Application and LIABILITY WAIVER and mail to:


                                                IDNR – IRAP turkey application
                                                Attn.: Tammy Miller       
                                                One Natural Resources
                                                Springfield, IL  62702


Additional Information


If the youth hunter would like someone other than their parent or guardian to accompany them, then attachment C (Non-Hunting Adult Authorization) must be completed and sent with their application.  Hunting sites for seasons 3 & 4 are awarded on a first-come, first serve bases when all correct information is received from the applicant.  Successful applicants will receive a packet of information, including an IRAP parking and site permit, a map and directions to the site.
The hunter’s and landowner’s identity is kept private from one another and the hunter should not come in contact with the landowner, unless necessary.


IRAP access is provided through cooperation of private landowners and the IL Dept of Natural Resources.

Participating is this program is a special privilege.
Please be respectful, ethical and safe.

Leave site as you found it – take all garbage with you

Park vehicle in designated parking area.

For more information on turkey hunting in Illinois, please visit IDNR’s website or National Wild Turkey Federation website