Illinois Hunting Seasons, 2019-2020

During Illinois hunting seasons, you’ll find a variety of standard game animals, including deer, turkey, rabbit and other small game.
Illinois offers online hunting permit registration and purchase, and permits are available for state residents and nonresidents. For some small game, permits are free of charge.

Illinois Deer Seasons

Archery Oct. 1-Jan. 19
Muzzleloader Dec. 5-8 and Dec. 13-15
Firearms Nov. 22-24, Dec. 5-8
Late Winter & Special CWD Season Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 17-19
Youth Firearms Hunt Oct. 12-14

Illinois Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall Firearms Oct. 19-27
Fall Archery Oct. 1-Jan. 19

Fall archery season is closed during deer firearms season for hunter safety.

Illinois Small Game Seasons

Bobwhite Quail Nov. 3-Jan. 15**
Hungarian Partridge Nov. 3-Jan. 15**
Rabbits Nov. 3-Jan. 15
Gray and Fox Squirrel Aug. 1-Feb. 15
Crow Oct. 28-Feb. 28

**Season dates vary by zone. Many small game hunting seasons are temporarily suspended during deer firearms season for hunter safety.

The state of Illinois does have strict firearms laws that may affect transportation of hunting guns and ammunition within the state. For additional information about gun transportation and storage laws during hunting season, read through the Illinois State Police “Commonly Asked Questions” brochure.

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Illinois hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.