SPRINGFIELD, IL – The 2014 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt is Oct. 11-13 for those hunters with a valid Youth Deer Permit who have not reached their 16th birthday by the first day of the hunt. Youth Deer Permits are available over-the-counter at license vendors throughout the state. Hunters may purchase only one permit (either-sex) for one of the open counties.
Last year, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law legislation extending the Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt from a two-day to a three-day season, providing an additional hunting day on the Columbus Day holiday.
All youth hunters must have a current, valid Youth Deer Permit and have a regular hunting license, Youth Hunting License or Apprentice Hunting License, unless exempt. If using a regular hunting license, participants must have completed an IDNR-approved Hunter Education course.
Each hunter participating in the Youth Deer Hunt while using an Apprentice Hunting or Youth Hunting License must be accompanied by a non-hunting, validly-licensed (Illinois hunting license) parent, guardian or grandparent who is 21 years of age or older. All other hunters participating in the Youth Deer Hunt must each be accompanied by a non-hunting supervisor (parent, guardian or responsible adult) who has a valid Illinois hunting license or who has in his or her possession a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card. The non-hunting supervisor must wear the orange garments required of gun deer hunters (blaze orange cap and upper garment with a minimum of 400 square inches of solid blaze orange material), and must remain with the hunting youth. Each supervisor may only accompany a single youth at any given time during the hunt.
Shooting hours for firearm deer hunting in Illinois are one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset.
All Illinois counties except Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties, and that portion of Kane County east of State Route 47 are open for the youth deer season.
Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise on to one-half hour after sunset on Oct. 11-13. The bag limit is one deer per legally authorized permit. All either-sex permits are subject to the following restrictions: no hunter, regardless of the quantity or type of permits in his/her possession, may harvest more than two (2) antlered deer during a year, including the youth, archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons.
Successful hunters must register their harvest by 10 p.m. on the same calendar day the deer is taken by calling the toll-free telephone check-in system at 1-866-ILCHECK or by accessing the online check-in system at www.dnr.illinois.gov/vcheck. They will be provided with a confirmation number to verify that they checked in their harvest. This number must be written by the hunter on the temporary harvest tag (leg tag).
Youth hunters are reminded that archery deer season will be underway and archery hunters will be afield during the Oct. 11-13 youth hunt. Archery deer hunters and all other hunters are reminded that they must comply with requirements to wear blaze orange the weekend of the youth deer hunt (except in counties closed to the youth deer season).
The IDNR-managed sites in the counties listed below are open to youth hunting during the Youth Deer Hunt. Note that some of the IDNR sites allow participation in the Youth Deer Hunt only by site-specific permit. Contact the sites listed below for special site regulations:
Adams – Mississippi River Pools 21 and 22
Adams/Brown – Siloam Springs SP
Alexander – Cape Bend SFWA, Horseshoe Lake SFWA
Calhoun/Jersey – Mississippi River SFWA
Cass – Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA
Clinton – Carlyle Lake – East Fork Unit, Eldon Hazlet
SP – North Allen Branch Unit
Crawford – Crawford County SFWA
Effingham – Wildcat Hollow SHA
Fayette – Carlyle Lake SFWA
Franklin – Campbell Pond SHA
Hancock – Cedar Glen SNA
Henderson – Mississippi River – Pool 18
Jackson –Kinkaid Lake SFWA
Jackson/Union – Giant City SP
Jackson/Williamson/Union – Crab Orchard NWR
Jasper – Meeker SHA, Newton Lake SFWA
Jefferson/Franklin – Rend Lake SFWA and COE managed
areas of Rend Lake
Jefferson/Hamilton – Ten Mile Creek SFWA
Jersey – Copperhead Hollow SFWA, Pere Marquette SP
Jo Daviess – Apple River Canyon (Salem/Thompson
Units), Hanover Bluff, Rall Woods
(Falling Down Prairie), Tapley Woods, Upper
Mississippi River NWFR – Lost Mound
Unit to include IDNR properties Eagles Landing and
Stewardship Park (special permit required from
USFWS), Wards Grove, Winston Tunnel
Johnson –Cypress Pond SNA, Deer Pond SNA, Ferne
Clyffe – Cedar Draper Units only, Glass Hill SNA,
Skinner Farm SHA, Wise Ridge SNA
Johnson/Pulaski/Massac – Cache River SNA
Knox – Spoon River SF
Lawrence – Chauncey Marsh
Lee – Green River SWA
Marshall – Marshall SFWA
Mason – Sand Ridge SF
Massac – Fort Massac SP, Mermet Lake SFWA, Seilbeck
Menard County – Oakford CA
Mercer – Mississippi River – Pool 17
Moultrie – Lake Shelbyville Project Lands in Moultrie
County including Shelbyville SFWA
Montgomery – Coffeen Lake SFWA (Upland Management
Peoria – Portions of Marshall SFWA
Perry – Pyramid SRA (East Conant, Galum and Old Park
Management units only)
Pike – Mississippi River (Pool 24), Ray Norbut SFWA
Pope – Dixon Springs SP, Dog Island
Randolph – Turkey Bluffs SFWA
Randolph/St. Clair/Monroe – Kaskaskia River SFWA
Saline – Saline County SFWA
Sangamon – Sangamon River SFWA
Shelby – Hidden Springs SF, Lake Shelbyville Project
Lands (NOT including Eagle
Creek and Wolf Creek State Recreation Areas)
Schuyler/Brown – Weinberg King SFWA including Scripps
and Spunky Bottoms units
Tazewell – Mackinaw SFWA
Union –Trail of Tears SF, and Union County SFWA
Union/Alexander – Devil’s Island SFWA
Note: Crab Orchard, Dixon Springs, and Lake Le-Aqua-Na offer youth firearm hunts during the regular statewide firearm deer season and require a site specific firearm deer permit.
For more information on the Youth Deer Hunt in Illinois, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer.