Hunting, boating & camping in Illinois

Firearm Deer Permit Applications:  Resident and non-resident deer hunters can apply for the second lottery drawing for 2015 Illinois Firearm Deer and Muzzleloader-only Deer permits.  The deadline to apply for the second lottery is June 30.  Illinois resident hunters who applied in the first lottery for firearm and muzzleloader permits can check their permit status online on the IDNR website.

More information on deer hunting.

Apply Now for Non-Resident Archery Deer Permits:  The online lottery application period is open through June 30 for Non-Resident Illinois Archery Combination Deer permits for the 2015-16 deer season.  A link for the online application is available on the IDNR website.

Non-residents may apply for one combination archery permit per season.  The upcoming Illinois Archery Deer season is Oct. 1, 2015 - Jan. 17, 2016 (except closed in firearm deer counties on Nov. 20-22 and Dec. 3-6, 2015).

Online Dove Permits:  Online applications will be accepted from resident Illinois hunters from June 10-July 1 for the first lottery for Illinois Free Dove Hunting Permits for hunting at select state sites.  Applications may be submitted for the second lottery by resident hunters who were unsuccessful in the first lottery, residents who did not apply in the first lottery, and non-resident hunters for the second lottery drawing from July 2-15.  After the second lottery permit application deadline on July 15, hunters may apply for remaining free dove permits on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. on July 29-Aug. 25.  For more information on dove hunting permit areas and free dove permits, check the IDNR website.

Illinois Boat Owners Reminded to Check Registration:  The IDNR reminds boat owners in Illinois to check their current three-year boat registration/decal and renew their registration if it expires on June 30, 2015.  Renewing watercraft registration can be done online through the IDNR website or by phone by calling 1-866-867-3542.  To renew registration, have available the watercraft’s Illinois registration number, the first six characters of the watercraft’s hull ID number, the first three letters of the registered owner’s last name, and a credit card. For details on Illinois watercraft registration requirements and three-year boat registration fees, check the IDNR website at

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