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Deer Firearm and Muzzleloader Hunting Information

2024 Season Dates

  • First Firearm Deer Season:  November 22, 23 & 24, 2024
  • Second Firearm Deer Season:  December 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2024
  • Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season:  December 13, 14 & 15, 2024 - Hunters may also use a muzzleloader permit with a muzzleloading rifle during Second Firearm Season December 5 - 8, 2024 

2024 Deer Harvest Reporting and Information Sheets

FIREARM/MUZZLELOADER DEER HUNTING INFORMATION SHEET (UPCOMING)

ARCHERY DEER HUNTING INFORMATION SHEET (UPCOMING)

FIREARM DEER HUNTING INFORMATION SHEET FOR CWD COUNTIES (UPCOMING) 

Testing of deer for Chronic Wasting Disease by IDNR personnel will occur (so long as funding is available) during the Firearm Deer Season dates Nov. 22 - 24, 2024 and Dec. 5 - 8, 2024.  

2024 LOTTERY APPLICATION PERIODS
 

*Landowner permit applicants, please refer to note at bottom of page if you also plan to apply in the Lottery Drawings

1st Lottery:  March 5, 2024 - April 30, 2024

2nd Lottery:  May 13, 2024 - June 30, 2024

  • Illinois residents who did not apply/were not successful in the 1st Lottery Drawing
  • Nonresidents
  • Firearm - Limit 1 application (online or paper application)
  • Muzzleloader - Limit 1 application (online or paper application)
  • Click here to submit an online application (nonresident application available May 13, 2024)
  • Click here to print and mail a paper application (nonresident application available May 13, 2024)
  • Group Hunt applications are accepted in the 2nd Lottery

3rd Lottery:  July 11, 2024 - August 16, 2024

County-specific Firearm and Muzzleloader permits remaining after the 3rd Lottery Drawing will be available for sale only over the counter at License Vendors beginning October 15, 2024, on a first-come, first-served basis  


* Individuals who have received a Landowner permit, or who have submitted application for a Landowner permit that is still pending, may not apply for additional permits in the First or Second Lottery Firearm Deer Drawing, but may apply in the Third Lottery Firearm Drawing. Landowners who receive permits in the First or Second Lottery Firearm Deer Drawing are not eligible for Landowner Firearm Deer permits.  These individuals, however, are eligible to apply for additional permits in the First or Second Lottery Muzzleloader Deer Drawing.​​