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Deer Seasons; Application Periods; Permits-Available List (after Lottery Drawings)

 

 Deer Seasons

 
  • 2018 Firearm Deer Seasons

       Firearm 1st Season - November 16, 17, & 18

       Firearm 2nd Season - November 29 & 30; December 1 & 2 

  • 2018 Muzzleloader Deer Seasons

        Muzzleloader 1st Season -   November 29 & 30; December 1 & 2 

        Muzzleloader-Only Season - December 7, 8 & 9 

  • 2018 Archery Deer Season

       October 1, 2018 - January 20, 2019 

  • 2018 Youth Firearm Deer Season  

       October 6, 7 & 8          

  • 2018-2019 Late-Winter & CWD Seasons:  More information to follow at a later date                                                                                                                                
 

 Application Periods (lotteries)

 
  • 2018 Deer Firearm/Muzzleloader Application Periods

       1st Lottery:  March 13 - April 30 (Illinois Residents ONLY)

       2nd Lottery:  May 1 - June 30 (Illinois residents who did not apply in 1st Lottery and nonresidents)

       3rd Lottery:  July 1 - August 17 (Illinois residents and nonresidents)

Notes: 
  1. Applicants please allow approximately 4 weeks after the respective application deadline dates for Lottery Drawing results.  
  2. Remaining Deer/Muzzleloader permits (county-issued) after 3rd Lottery Drawing will go on sale over the counter(OTC) beginning October 16, 2018. 
  • 2018 Deer Archery Application/Sales Period (NONRESIDENTS)

      June 1 - June 30:  Apply online for Combination Permit (E/S & A/O)   

      Aug. 7 - Aug. 31:  Sold online or over the counter (OTC) -  Combination Permit or single A/O Permit

      Sep. 1, 2018 - Jan. 20, 2019:  Sold only OTC - Combination Permit or single A/O Permit

Notes: 
  1. Nonresident applicants may apply for and receive a maximum of one Nonresident Combination Archery Deer permit during a license year. (Receiving Nonresident Landowner Archery Deer permits does not preclude the recipient from also applying for & receiving the regular Nonresident Combination Archery Deer permit.)  
  2. Nonresidents may not purchase a Combination Archery Deer permit after September 30 if they have previously purchased any Single Antlerless-Only Archery Deer permit for the current deer season.​​​ 
  • 2018 Deer Archery Application/Sales Period (RESIDENTS OF IL)

      Aug. 7, 2018 - Jan. 20, 2019:  Sold over the counter (OTC) - Combination Permit (E/S & A/O) or single

      A/O Permit

      Aug. 7, 2018 - Sep. 1, 2018:  Complete a paper application for Single E/S Permit

  • 2018 Deer Youth Firearm Either-Sex Permit Sales Period (Residents of IL & Nonresidents)

       Aug. 7 - Aug. 31:  Sold online or over the counter (OTC)

       Sep. 1 - Oct. 8 - Sold only OTC

PERMITS REMAINING LISTS AFTER LOTTERY DRAWINGS:

After 2nd Lottery - County Permits Remaining - Firearm Deer

After 2nd Lottery - County Permits Remaining - Muzzleloader Deer

After 2nd Lottery - Special Hunt Area (SHA) Permits Remaining - Firearm Deer

After 2nd Lottery - Special Hunt Area (SHA) Permits Remaining - Muzzleloader Deer