A white-tailed deer
SPRINGFIELD – The 2014 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt is Oct. 11-13 for those hunters with a valid Youth Deer Permit who have not reached their 16th birthday by the first day of the hunt.
Youth Deer Permits are available over the counter at license vendors throughout the state. Hunters may purchase only one permit (either-sex) for one of the open counties.
Last year, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law legislation extending the Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt from a two-day to a three-day season, providing an additional hunting day on the Columbus Day holiday.
All youth hunters must have a current, valid youth deer permit and have a regular hunting license, youth hunting license or apprentice hunting license, unless exempt. If using a regular hunting license, participants must have completed an IDNR-approved Hunter Education course. Each hunter participating in the youth deer hunt while using an apprentice hunting or youth hunting license must be accompanied by a non-hunting, validly licensed (Illinois hunting license) parent, guardian or grandparent age 21 or older. All other hunters participating in the youth deer hunt must each be accompanied by a non-hunting supervisor (parent, guardian or responsible adult) who has a valid Illinois hunting license or who has in his or her possession a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card. The non-hunting supervisor must wear the orange garments required of gun deer hunters (blaze orange cap and upper garment with a minimum of 400 square inches of solid blaze orange material), and must remain with the hunting youth. Each supervisor may only accompany a single youth at any given time during the hunt.
Shooting hours for firearm deer hunting in Illinois are one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset.
All Illinois counties except Cook, DuPage and Lake counties, and that portion of Kane County east of State Route 47 are open for the youth deer season. Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise on to one-half hour after sunset on Oct. 11-13. The bag limit is one deer per legally authorized permit. All either-sex permits are subject to the following restrictions: 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.
Successful hunters must register their harvest by 10 p.m. on the same calendar day the deer is taken by calling the toll-free telephone check-in system at (866) ILCHECK or by accessing the online check-in system at www.dnr.illinois.gov/vcheck. They will be provided with a confirmation number to verify that they checked in their harvest. This number must be written by the hunter on the temporary harvest tag (leg tag).
Youth hunters are reminded that archery deer season will be under way and archery hunters will be afield during the Oct. 11-13 youth hunt. Archery deer hunters and all other hunters are reminded that they must comply with requirements to wear blaze orange the weekend of the youth deer hunt (except in counties closed to the youth deer season).
The IDNR-managed sites in the counties listed below are open to youth hunting during the Youth Deer Hunt. Note that some of the IDNR sites allow participation in the Youth Deer Hunt only by site-specific permit. Contact the sites listed below for special site regulations:
Jersey – Copperhead Hollow SFWA, Pere Marquette SP
Calhoun/Jersey - Mississippi River SFWA
For information on the Youth Deer Hunt in Illinois, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/deer.