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Youth Firearm Deer Hunting

Youth Deer Hunting Season Information

  • Only young hunters (resident or non-resident) who have not reached their 18th birthday before Oct. 8, 2016 may participate in the Youth Deer Hunt (Oct. 08-10, 2016).

  • Participants must have a current, valid Youth Deer Hunt Permit ($10.50).

  • Participants must have an Illinois hunting license unless exempt.

  • Each youth must be accompanied by a supervising, non-hunting adult.

  • Beginning August 2nd, Resident and non-resident Youth Firearm COUNTY Deer permits will be available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors, by phone at 1-888-673-7648 (1-888-6PERMIT), or online at  Illinois DNR License Sales Site through Aug. 31 (OTC only after Aug. 31).

  • Hunters may purchase only a single permit (either-sex) for one of the open counties.

  • All counties except Cook, DuPage and Lake counties, and that portion of Kane County east of State Route 47, are open to youth deer hunting.

  • Legal firearms are limited to shotguns and muzzleloading rifles allowed during the firearm deer hunting season.

Sites Open to Youth Deer Hunters

IDNR & Public Land Sites Open to Youth Deer Hunters