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Deer Management

 White-tailed deer, along with all other wildlife, belong to the people of Illinois. While the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is legislatively mandated to steward Illinois’ natural and cultural resources, and meet the outdoor recreation needs of a large and diverse population, an assortment of interest groups—everyone from the private landowner to sportsman, outfitter, photographer, shed antler hunter and more—have a stake in deer management.

For more information, visit our new White-tailed Deer Illinois website.  

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Find information on how Illinois is managing Chronic ​Wasting Disease in deer.

Find interesting facts about white-tailed deer in Illinois.​​​​

Find permit, season, applications, and other related information to deer hunting.

Find your previous deer or turkey harvest reports.

Find summaries for each state-owned property that describes the types of hunting that are

offered, as well as any special regulations and restrictions that may be in effect.

Find out how we maintain and enhance the composition of Illinois' existing forested habitats

and to increase distribution of those habitats in identified priority areas and statewide with

many conservation partners.

FAQ's on how deer in Illinois are managed