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Deer Seasons; Application Periods; Permits Remaining Lists (after Lottery Drawings)

Permits Remaining Lists after Lottery Drawings

 After 2nd Lottery Drawing

County Firearm Permits Available

County Muzzleloader Permits Available

Special Hunt Area Firearm Permits Available

Special Hunt Area Muzzleloader Permits Available

Note:  County permits remaining after the 3rd Lottery Drawing will be available for sale over the counter at our License Vendors on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning October 15, 2019, at 8 a.m.   

Deer Seasons

  • 2019 Firearm Deer Seasons

       Firearm 1st Season - November 22, 23 & 24

       Firearm 2nd Season - December 5, 6, 7 & 8 

  • 2019 Muzzleloader Deer Seasons

        Muzzleloader-Only Season - December 13, 14 & 15 

        (Hunters may also use a muzzleloader permit with a muzzleloading rifle during 2nd Firearm Deer Season Dec. 5-8) 

  • 2019 Archery Deer Season

       October 1, 2019 - January 19, 2020 

  • 2019 Youth Firearm Deer Season  

       October 12, 13 & 14          

  • 2019-2020 Late-Winter & CWD Seasons:  

       December 26-29, 2019 and January 17-19, 2020                                                             

Application Periods (lotteries)

  • 2019 Deer Firearm/Muzzleloader Application Periods

1st Lottery:  March 12 - April 30  (Illinois Residents ONLY - Limit of 1 application in 1st Lottery)

2nd Lottery:  May 1 - June 30 (Nonresidents; Illinois residents who did not apply or were not successful in 1st Lottery - Limit of 1 application in 2nd Lottery)           

3rd Lottery:  July 1 - August 16 (Illinois residents and nonresidents - More than 1 application may be submitted in 3rd Lottery)

Notes: 
  1. Applicants, please allow approximately 4 weeks after the respective application deadline dates for Lottery Drawing results.  
  2. Remaining Deer Firearm/Muzzleloader permits (county-issued) after 3rd Lottery Drawing will go on sale over the counter(OTC) beginning October 15, 2019. 
  • 2019 Deer Archery Application/Sales Period (NONRESIDENTS)

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

      Aug. 6 - Aug. 31:  Sold online or over the counter (OTC) -  Combination Permit or single A/O Permit

      Sep. 1, 2019 - Jan. 19, 2020:  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.​​​ 
  • 2019 Deer Archery Application/Sales Period (RESIDENTS OF IL)

      Aug. 6, 2019 - Jan. 19, 2020:  Sold over the counter (OTC) - Combination Permit (E/S & A/O) or single

      A/O Permit

      Aug. 6, 2019 - Sep. 1, 2019:  Complete a paper application for Single E/S Permit

  • 2019 Deer Youth Firearm Either-Sex Permit Sales Period (Residents of IL & Nonresidents)

       Aug. 6 - Aug. 31:  Sold online or over the counter (OTC)

       Sep. 1 - Oct. 14 - Sold only OTC

  • 2019-2020 Late-Winter & CWD Seasons Application/Sales Period

       Oct. 29, 2019 - Nov. 25, 2019:  Special Hunt Area Lottery Application - ONLINE ONLY - IL RESIDENTS ONLY

       December 10, 2019 - January 19, 2020:  Permits for open counties sold over the counter (OTC)* 

             *OTC permits for open Late-Winter Season counties can be purchased by Illinois Residents only.

             *OTC permits for open CWD Season Counties can be purchased by residents of IL & nonresidents.