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Illinois hunting and fishing

Hunting seasons are here, ready or not

August 28, 2011 at 08:05 AM

The State Journal-Register

Temperatures were solidly in the 90s this week, so it is doubtful that anyone looked wistfully at the insulated camouflage coveralls or neoprene waders hanging in the garage.

But the truth is, hunting season is already here.

Squirrel season opened Aug. 1, and dove season opens Thursday. So does early Canada goose season.

Teal hunters can take to the water Sept. 3.

Archery deer hunting is only a month away.

Here is a roundup of seasons and dates for 2011-2012:

Squirrel
Dates: Aug. 1 – Feb. 15 statewide. Closed for firearm deer hunting seasons, Nov. 18-20 and Dec. 1-4.
Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
Daily limit: 5

Dove
Dates: Sept. 1 – Oct. 31 and Nov. 5 – 13.
Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
Daily limit: 15

Early Canada goose
Dates: Sept. 1 – 15
Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Daily limit: 5 in north and central zones; 2 in the south

Teal
Dates: Sept. 3 – 18
Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
Daily limit: 4

Rail
Dates: Sept. 3 – Nov. 11
Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
Daily limit: 25

Snipe
Dates: Sept. 3 – Nov. 18
Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
Daily limit: 8

Archery deer
Dates: Oct. 1 – Jan. 15. Closed during firearm deer season.
Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
Daily limit: One deer per archery permit.

Archery wild turkey
Dates: Oct. 1 – Jan. 15. Closed during firearm deer season.
Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
Daily limit: One either-sex turkey per archery permit, maximum of two.

Youth firearm deer season
Dates: Oct. 8 – 9.
Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
Limit: one deer

Woodcock
Dates: Oct. 15 – Nov. 28
Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
Daily limit: 3

Duck
Dates:
North Zone: Oct. 15 – Dec. 13
Central Zone: Oct. 22 – Dec. 20
South Central Zone: Nov. 12 – Jan. 10
South Zone: Nov. 24 – Jan 22.
Youth hunts generally are the weekend before the season opener except for the South Zone where the youth hunt is two weekends prior.

Canada goose
Dates:
North Zone: Oct. 15 – Jan. 7
Central Zone: Oct. 22 – Nov. 6 and Nov. 24 – Jan. 31
South Central Zone: Nov. 12 – 27 and Dec. 13 – Jan. 31
South Zone: Nov. 24 – 27 and Dec. 1 – Jan. 31

Snow Goose
Dates:
North Zone: Oct. 15 – Jan. 7. Conservation order: Jan. 8 – March 31
Central Zone: Oct. 22 – Jan. 31. Conservation order: Feb. 1 – March 31
South Central Zone: Nov. 12 – Jan. 31. Conservation order: Feb. 1 – March 31
South Zone: Nov. 24 – Jan 31. Conservation Order: Feb. 1 – March 31

White-fronted goose
Dates:
North Zone: Oct. 26 – Jan. 7
Central Zone: Nov. 19 – Jan. 31
South Central Zone: Nov. 12 – 27 and Dec. 5 – Jan. 31
South Zone: Nov. 24 – Jan 31.

Shotgun wild turkey
Dates: Oct. 22 – 30.
Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
Daily limit: One either-sex turkey per permit, maximum of two.

Crow
Dates: Oct. 28 – Feb. 28.
Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
Daily limit: No limit.

Rabbit
Dates:
North Zone: Nov. 5 – Jan. 8
South Zone: Nov. 5 – Jan. 22
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Daily limit: 4

Pheasant and Quail
Dates:
North Zone: Nov. 5 – Jan. 8
South Zone: Nov. 5 – Jan. 15
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Daily limit: 2 cock pheasants and 8 quail

Raccoon and Opossum
Dates:
North Zone: Nov. 5 – Feb. 10
South Zone: Nov. 10 – Feb. 15
Closed during firearm deer season
Hours: Season begins at sunrise on opening day. Otherwise, hours unrestricted.
Daily Limit: None

Fox
Dates: Nov. 10 – Jan. 31 statewide
Closed during firearm deer season.
Hours: Opens at sunrise Nov. 10, otherwise unrestricted
Daily Limit: No limit

Firearm deer
Dates: Nov. 18 – 20 and Dec. 1 – 4
Hours: One half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset
Daily limit: 1 deer per firearm permit

(Muzzleloading rifles only) deer
Dates: Dec. 9 – 11. Also allowed Dec. 1 – 4.
Hours: One half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset
Daily Limit: 1 deer per muzzloading rifle permit

Special CWD and late-winter antlerless deer seasons
Dates: Dec. 29 – Jan. 1 and Jan. 13 – 15
Hours: One half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset
Daily limit: 1 antlerless deer per permit

Coyote and Skunk
Open year round except during firearm deer season.
Hours: One half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. Open 24 hours Nov. 10 – Feb. 15.
Daily limit: No limit

Furbearer Trapping

Species other than beaver and woodchuck
Dates:
North Zone: Nov. 5 – Jan. 20
South Zone: Nov. 10 – Jan. 25
Hours: Unrestricted except opening day begins at sunrise and closing day ends at sunset
Daily Limit: No limit except for 2 badger per season in the North Zone and one per season in the South Zone.

Beaver
Dates:
North Zone: Nov. 5 – March 31
South Zone: Nov. 10 – March 31
Hours: Unrestricted except opening day begins at sunrise and closing day ends at sunset
Daily Limit: No limit

Woodchuck
Dates: June 1 – Sept. 30 statewide
Hours: Unrestricted except opening day begins at sunrise and closing day ends at sunset
Daily Limit: No limit

For detailed information on Illinois hunting regulations, visit: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/HuntTrapDigest.pdf

For detailed waterfowl season information, visit: http://www.prairiestateoutdoors.com/index.php?/pso/article/fourth_duck_zone_and_60-day_season_approved

 

 

 

 

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