Illinois Deer Hunting Season Dates and Regulations

Archery Season

  • Dates:
    • Counties with a firearm season and west of Route 47 in Kane County: 1 Oct–16 Nov, 20-29 Nov, 4 Dec 2023–14 Jan 2024
    • Cook, DuPage, Lake, and Kane (east of Route 47) Counties: 1 Oct 2023–14 Jan 2024
  • Hours:
    • 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
  • Limit:
    • One deer per archery permit
  • Additional Regulations:
    • See footnote below

Firearm Season

  • Dates:
    • Shotgun, Centerfire Rifle, Muzzleloader, Handgun: 17-19 Nov, 30 Nov-3 Dec 2023
    • Muzzleloader only: 8-10 Dec 2023
    • Special CWD: 28-31 Dec 2023 and 12-14 Jan 2024
    • Late-Winter Antlerless-only (Shotgun, Muzzleloader, Handgun): 28-31 Dec 2023 and 12-14 Jan 2024
    • Youth Firearm: 7-9 Oct 2023
  • Limits:
    • One deer per firearm/muzzleloader permit
    • One deer per valid permit (Special CWD)
    • One antlerless deer per permit (Late-Winter Antlerless-only)
    • One deer (Youth Firearm)
  • Additional Regulations:
    • See footnote below

No hunter, regardless of the quantity or type of permits in his/her possession, may harvest more than two antlered deer during a year, including the youth, archery, muzzleloader, and firearm seasons. For the purpose of this harvest limit, deer seasons are considered to be in the same year if their opening dates are within the same 12-month period that begins July 1.

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