2024 SPRING TURKEY NOTES
The 2024 Spring Turkey Lottery 3 drawing is complete. To determine if you were successful in being issued a Lottery 3 Spring Turkey permit, please follow the instructions below.
- Go to ExploreMoreIL™ and click on the blue Log In To My Account button.
- Navigate to your Customer Homepage. Scroll down the page and select the Purchase History button.
- On the Purchase History page, if you were issued a 2024 Lottery 3 Spring Turkey permit, you will see PRIV CODE 1653-24 RESIDENT/NON-RESIDENT SPRING TURKEY 2024 PERMIT – LOTTERY 3
County-specific permits remaining after the Third Lottery Drawing will be available over the counter (OTC) from License Vendors beginning March 12, 2024, on a first-come, first-served basis. Permits will be sold until quotas are exhausted, or until the close of the specific turkey season segment (i.e., of seasons 1 through 5) in the Zone (north vs. south) for which the permit is being requested. Hunters may purchase one or more permits during this period, subject to availability, except that no one may exceed the limit of three permits in total for spring turkey hunting, including lottery-drawn, OTC, youth and landowner permits. Special Hunt Area permits are only available during the lottery application process and are not sold OTC.
License, Permit, & Application Links
2023 Fall Turkey Hunting
Fall turkey hunting information, season dates, and applications can be found here.
2024 Spring Turkey Hunting
Spring turkey hunting information, season dates, applications, and remaining permits after Lottery Drawings can be found here.
2024 Youth Spring Turkey Hunting
Current year youth turkey hunting season dates, open counties,& more.
Online License and Permit Site
Purchase your hunting license, habitat stamp, or apply for your turkey permit online.
Online Turkey Inquiry System
Check the status of your turkey application here.
Request a Correction or Replacement Turkey Permit
If you mistakenly put the wrong information, applied twice and/or need to cancel an application.
Hunting License Fee Chart
Find the cost and more information for all hunting licenses IDNR offers.
License and Permit Vendors
Find your nearest license and permit vendor to purchase your license, over the counter permits, and more.
License and Permit History Inquiry System
Not sure what permits and licenses you currently have? Click the link above to find your purchase history.
Report Your Harvest
Harvest check-in is simply a phone call away, or you can report your success online.
Windshield Card Harvest Reporting
Hunters will need to go to this page to print out their site Windshield Card for each IDNR owned, leased or managed public hunting sites they intend to hunt at. All trip/harvest activity must be reported online at this same Windshield Card link.
Buy a Turkey Pin
ICF Pins - Proceeds go to support IDNR youth programs and events.
Print My First Turkey Certificate
Fill out and print a certificate to always remember your first turkey hunt
Public Access Turkey Hunting Sites - IRAP
The Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP) has leased 15,000 acres for turkey hunting from private landowners in 39 Illinois counties. Apply today.
Season Dates - Rules of Thumb
Many hunters need to plan vacations and hunting trips in advance of the annual distribution of the Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations. For such planning purposes, here are the general rules of thumb used for setting annual season dates.
Wild Turkey Management
Find information on how the Forest Wildlife Program at IDNR manages the wild turkey population in Illinois, Annual Turkey Harvest Reports, and more.
Find information on how the IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources manages wildlife populations and their habitats, meet the division, contact your local District Wildlife Biologist, and more.
Hunting & Trapping Digest
Summary of Illinois hunting and trapping regulations. It is designed as a guide to help you understand the laws and regulations for hunting and trapping in Illinois. It also provides information such as seasons, harvest limits, and required permits.
Public Hunting Areas Reports
The Public Hunting Areas Report provides both hunting and trapping efforts and wildlife harvest information on Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) owned, leased or managed public hunting sites.
Illinois Licensed Wild Turkey and Deer Outfitters
List of all licensed outfitters in Illinois. These individuals are experienced outdoorsmen and woman who can guide clients on their hunting trips.
Hunter Fact Sheets
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.
National Wild Turkey Federation
Learn more about how the NWTF enhances wild turkey populations, hunting and wildlife habitat.
United Bow Hunters of America
An organization of traditional bowhunters that represent the interests of Illinois bowhunters while promoting outdoor ethics and values.