IDNR Launches New ‘Hunt Illinois’ Website

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced the launch of the new Hunt Illinois website – an online resource for Illinois residents and visitors to the state interested in hunting in the Land of Lincoln.

The website includes information on Illinois hunting seasons, places to hunt, licenses and permits needed, hunting and trapping regulations, hunter harvest reporting, hunter safety, wildlife management, and conservation programs.

“The new Hunt Illinois website is an easy-to-use one-stop resource for hunters to find just about everything they need to know about planning a hunt, no matter the species, no matter the season,” said IDNR Hunter Heritage Program Manager Jared Duquette.

The new website was developed by the IDNR in cooperation with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, with funding support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife Restoration Program.

The Hunt Illinois website can be accessed through most desktop and laptop computer web browsers, or by using most mobile devices, at

2020 YOUTH FIREARM DEER SEASON:  October 10 – 12, 2020

  • The Youth Firearm Deer Season is only open to hunters who have not reached their 18th birthday prior to the opening date of the season. 
  • The $10.50 Youth Firearm Either-Sex Deer Permit is available to eligible resident and nonresident youths.  The statewide-issued permit is valid on private land, with landowner permission, or on public land sites open to the Youth Firearm Deer Season.   
  • Hunters may only purchase one Youth Firearm Deer permit. 
  • In addition to their permit, all eligible youth hunters must have a current, valid hunting license (see Other Requirements below).  

Click here to view the 2020 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunting Information Sheet.  

Click here to view the list of public land sites open to hunt the 2020 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Season.


  • Between August 4, 2020 – August 31, 2020:  Purchase online or over the counter at a License Vendor.
  • Between September 1, 2020 – October 12, 2020:  Purchase over the counter at a License Vendor only.


In addition to a 2020 Youth Firearm Deer Permit, all eligible youth hunters must have a current, valid Hunting License (may be a Youth Hunting & Trapping license, an Apprentice Hunting License, or a Regular Hunting License), unless exempt.  Purchase online or over the counter at a License Vendor.