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Youth Firearm Deer Season Information

October 7 - 9, 2023

2023 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunting Information Sheet (upcoming)

List of public land sites open to hunt the 2023 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Season (upcoming) 

  • Hunters may only purchase one Youth Firearm Deer permit (available for purchase over the counter at License Vendors August 1, 2023 - October 9, 2023).
  • 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.

  • A hunter with an unfilled, valid Youth Deer Permit may also hunt during the first firearm deer season November 17 - 19, 2023, subject to restrictions outlined in Administrative Rule 17-685

  • In addition to their permit, all eligible youth hunters must have a current, valid hunting license (see Other Requirements below).


In addition to a 2022 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.