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Archery deer permits on sale today

August 03, 2010 at 03:17 PM

Today brings one more sign that hunting seasons are approaching in Illinois.

Resident archery deer hunting permits are now on sale over the counter at license vendors across Illinois.

Combination and antlerless-only permits are on sale over the counter or at Archery season opens Oct. 1.

Permits for the Oct. 9-10 youth firearm deer hunt are also available over the counter or online starting today. Click here for a list of IDNR and public land sites open for hunting during the youth firearm deer hunt in 2010.

Any remaining non-resident archery deer permits are also for sale again on a first-come, first-served bases. Hunters may purchase remaining permits over the counter from an IDNR license and permit agent, through the DNR Direct Online License and Permit system at or by calling toll-free 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).  All non-resident hunters who applied for a combination archery permit during the June 2010 application period will receive their permit in the mail by mid-August.

Firearm deer hunters are reminded that Aug. 16 is the deadline to apply for the second lottery for resident and non-resident Illinois firearm and muzzleloader deer
permits for the 2010 season. To apply online, go to

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Does anyone know how many non-resident archery tags are still available after the initial sales?  I just wondered if it was still around 18,000, sold like the last couple of years? Did anyone hear anything about this?  Thanks for the info.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/04 at 08:15 PM

How many NR tags are available each year for gun/bow?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/05 at 10:37 AM

Tree… I have no idea on the gun, but 25,000 bow tags are available (kind of).... I think outfitters get 12,000 reserved for them (a topic that has stirred up a lot of talk).  I do know that for gun, NR’s can not apply until the 2nd lottery and there’s not a specific pool for them like there is for bow.  A couple years ago, my Dad tried to get a NR either sex tag for gun and although there were a few hundred left in the county, he wound up getting rejected.  In the second lottery, residents who were rejected applicants from the first lottery and people who didn’t get into the 1st lottery take precidence over NR.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/05 at 11:25 AM

goin aftr my tags today just so i have them and wont forget abouts em until last minute

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/05 at 04:35 PM

will anyone be buying less tags this year due to the price hike or will everyone buy the same amounts, it will be interesting to see the numbers.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/05 at 04:36 PM

Why does it take this long for the DNR to make the archery tags available?  Heck - it opens every year on October 1st.  And it’s not a lottery any longer.  I prefer to get all my stuff at the same time; hunting licenseand archery tags.  With the DNR making the tags available after hunting season starts (squirrel season is now open), it requires 2 trips to get all that I need for the season.  If there’s a legitimate reason, then I understand.  But I can’t think of one off the top of my head as to why they wait so late in the year to make them available.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/05 at 04:39 PM

MEMO: From- CEO Walmart To- Director IL. DNR…. Do not make all licenses and tags available at the start of the year. We demand that you stagger availibility dates, so that the average consumer will make at least 3 trips per year into our stores. If you fail to comply with our terms, there will not be anything in your Christmas stocking this year, and all your small appliances in your house from us will self destruct.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/05 at 06:18 PM

Even if you use the web site to buy the tags, you cannot buy the archery bow tags for deer and archery turkey in the same transaction.  They got to double ding on the convenience fee.  Every which way they can…

I would love to have the ability to mass submit everything in March.  Ding the credit card one time and then just wait for the stuff to be mailed.  But that might mean staff has a whole lot less to do.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/05 at 07:02 PM

The Colonel - that cracked me up!!! But sad to think that there might be same truth to that . . .

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/06 at 04:27 PM

I thought at first there was something wrong with me or my computer when I couldn’t purchase my archery deer and turkey tags in the same transaction.  Then things came clear - there is something wrong with the state.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/06 at 09:11 PM

Good points, all.  If we can buy our “Sportsman” licenses, salmon tags, HIP, Habitat Stamp under one transaction, then why can’t we buy our tags under the same transaction.  They only charge one (1) “convenience fee” for the licenses.  For that matter, why does this have to be so complicated if there are no drawings for tags any more.  The need for the IDNR as a viable State Agency has ceased to exist.  The front office has become nothing more than Governor Quinn’s re-election campaign headquarters, the law enforcement division is a joke with their under-cover division dismantled, CPO positions not filled, gasoline rationing for field work cut to the bone.  The sweeping of State surplus funds from the General Fund that should have come to the IDNR from the increased license fees and tag fees resulted in an overall decrease in the amount of funding to the Department, despite assurances to the contrary.  Political hack positions in the front office were filled prior to line and staff positions such as Wild Turkey Biologist and District Biologist positions, as well as CPO positions, despite promises made to the contrary.

Just got back from my intensive, pre-season scouting trip and have the following to report:  The White-tailed Deer Herd in Illinois is a small fraction of what it was five (5) years ago. This goes for both total number of deer as well as the quality of the deer herd.  The drought in Southern Illinois is not helping the prospects for a good deer season this year either.  Wish I had better news to report.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/06 at 11:55 PM

It was astounded; I received my tags via usps today.  That was pretty quick.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/07 at 09:23 PM

This may sound silly, but can you just order a single buck tag for archery ? Or is it all that they offer to sell now is the combo either sex and the antlerless only package ?

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