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.