Laws on hunting, in general, can be confusing to begin with. Throw in a specific subject such as deer hunting and you’re just asking for trouble!
Now, for an experienced hunter in Illinois, it’s not as difficult to understand the limitations set by Illinois law. However, for a beginner, it’s easy to make mistakes when you can’t really make head or tail of the rule.
Pure Outdoor Alliance is here to put your mind at ease. Here’s the gist on what the laws in Illinois says about deer hunting.
Basic Deer Hunting Requirement
Firstly, to hunt deer in Illinois, you must have the following paperwork:
- Valid license for hunting
- State habitat stamp
- Deer permit
For the stamp and license, you’ll need to purchase both online or over the counter from Illinois DNR. As for permits, you can get a certain type of permit by checking the listing on the government site.
Areas for Deer Hunting
According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, you are allowed to hunt deer, but only in areas that are managed and privately owned by those who have prior permission or Property Only Hunting permits.
Time for Deer Hunting
The Illinois government has different times and dates set for muzzleloader, firearm, archery, youth and other seasons. For each season, there are different set times when you can apply.
Deer Hunting Limitations
The Illinois law states that it is unlawful to:
- Kill more than one deer per permit during archery season
- Harvest more than two antlered deer during archery, youth, firearm or muzzleloader season, regardless of type of permit or quantity the hunter may possess
- Harvest all-white white-tailed deer. Pie-bald deer are allowed.
However, deer harvested during Special CWD Deer season will not be counted toward the limit for antlered bucks.
Regulations on Archery Equipment
In accordance with statewide regulations, it is unlawful to:
- Have a nocked bow in the field, expect in case of legal hunting hours
- Have possession of a firearm during any season when it is not permitted
- Not wear a solid blaze orange or blaze pink hat/cap or outer garment (Compulsory to wear if hunting deer during firearm season, to track wounded deer with dog during firearm season, when accompanying youth during youth firearm hunt.)
- Use more than one tree stand on a site owned and managed by IDNR
- Construct your own tree stand using basic building tools such as nails, screws and other instruments that pierce the tree bark
These are just the basics of what the law requires. If you want more information though, you can always check the government website on a full report.
Caught Up on the Details?
Now it’s time to hunt!