Many types of hunting permits still available

August 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Firearm Deer Permits:

Permit applications will be accepted from Aug. 13 through Sept. 9 for random daily drawings for 2013 Illinois firearm and muzzleloader deer permits. Visit:

Resident Archery Deer and Fall Turkey Permits:

Resident combination archery deer permits, resident antlerless-only archery deer permits, and resident archery fall turkey hunting permits are now available over-the-counter from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. Find a vendor:

Non-Resident Deer and Turkey Permits:

The remaining non-resident 2013 Illinois combination archery deer permits, as well as non-resident antlerless-only archery deer permits and non-resident archery fall turkey permits are now available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. Find a vendor:

Youth Deer Permits:

Resident and non-resident Illinois Youth Firearm Deer permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors, by phone at 1-888-673-7648 (1-888-6PERMIT), or online at through Aug. 31 (OTC only after Aug. 31). The Youth Deer Hunt is Columbus Day weekend, the second weekend in October.

Upland Game Permits:

Hunters may apply through Aug. 31 for the Illinois 2013 Free Upland Game Hunt Permit program. Applications must be made online at

Controlled Pheasant Permits:

Information is now available online for hunters to apply for 2013-14 Illinois controlled pheasant hunting opportunities available at 19 IDNR sites. Fifteen of the sites are operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, while four other sites are managed by concessionaire T. Miller, Inc. For application information, visit: or

Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permits:

Resident hunters may apply online from Aug. 13-27 for the first lottery for the Illinois 2012 public duck and goose hunting area permit program. The second lottery deadline will be Sept. 10 for those unsuccessful resident applicants from the first lottery, residents who didn’t apply in the first lottery, and non-residents. The third lottery deadline will be Sept. 24. All initial applications must be made at

New Hunting and Trapping Digest:

The Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations 2013-2014 edition is now available to view online in PDF format through the IDNR website at this link: