Deer hunting season has officially returned to the Land of Lincoln. Deer archery hunting season began October 1 and will run through January 2024. For Illinois residents, the application for a single deer archery either-sex permit is already closed. A combination deer archery permit or a single deer archery antlerless-only permit are still available for purchase over the counter at a licensed vendor until January 14, 2024.

The first firearm deer season is scheduled from November 17 to November 19; the second firearm deer season is set from November 30 to December 3; and the muzzleloader-only deer season is set from December 8 to December 10.

All 2023 deer lottery application periods are now closed. However, remaining county-specific permits after the Lottery 3 drawings will be available for sale over the counter only at license vendors on a first-come, first-served basis beginning October 17. 

Important information to remember during the ongoing deer hunting season to remain safe and to avoid potential legal issues, includes:

You must have a valid Illinois Hunting, Sportsmen, Youth or Apprentice License in addition to your deer permit.
The hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
When in the field, be sure to wear your pink or orange outer garments.
Drive with caution in areas where deer crossing signs are posted, as hunting season can cause deer to be more active.

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