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Archery Deer Hunting



The Basics:

The Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP) will be accepting applications from July 1st until August 23 for deer hunting sites on private land in several counties throughout Illinois.

Who can apply: 

Any legally licensed hunter who has completed their hunter safety course (if born in 1980 or after) and who complies with all Illinois hunting laws.

  • Youth (under age 19) All youth hunters must have a non-hunting supervisor

  • 1st-Time Adult (19 years or older and have not hunted deer in past five years)

  • Adult (any qualified hunter)

We are no long accepting applications for Archery Deer Season 2019. Please check back July 1, 2020 to apply for the October 2020 season. Thank you for your interest in IRAP.


Where: IRAP leases land from private landowners in exchange for specific hunting rights and to assist the landowner in improving his property with beneficial habitat projects. See County Map Below.


How it works:

Applicants applying for an IRAP archer deer site must complete an application (above) along with the liability waiver and non-hunting adult (if applicable) forms.  Only successful applicants will be notified and instructed as to where their hunting site is located within the county they apply for and given a site-specific permit allowing them to hunt on the private property.

IRAP archery deer is only for the month of OCTOBER.  Each hunter will have approximately 2 weeks on the site to scout and hunt deer. Several sites are doe only. Hunters applying for IRAP must be willing to harvest a doe only if place on one of these sites.

Beginning in 2019, hunters MUST fill out a survey after each hunt. Future hunting privileges are dependent on the return of your survey. For your convenience, an online survey is linked at the top of the page or click the link here.


Hunting Period 1 is October 01 - 15

Hunting Period 2 is October 16 - 31

IRAP archery deer hunting for 2018 is over and we had a terrific year!

IRAP was able to put hunters on 155 private land sites in October.


IRAP access is provided through cooperation of private landowners

and the IL Dept. of Natural Resources.

Participating is this program is a special privilege.

Please be respectful, ethical and safe.

Leave site as you found it. Take ALL garbage with you.

Park vehicle in designated parking area.