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.
All participating youths must have completed an IDNR-approved Hunter Education course
(unless using an Apprentice Hunting License).
All youth hunters must have a current, valid Youth Deer Permit and have a hunting license
or Apprentice Hunting License, unless exempt. Each hunter participating in the Youth Deer Hunt
while using an Apprentice Hunter License must be accompanied by a non-hunting, validly-licensed
(Illinois hunting license) parent, guardian or grandparent. 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
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 1-866-ILCHECK or by accessing the online check-in system
at this link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/HarvestReporting.aspx
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).
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).