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Archery Deer Hunting



The Basics:

The Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP) will be accepting applications from July through August 24 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 18) All youth hunters must have a non-hunting supervisor

  • 1st-Time Adult (18 years or older and have not hunted deer in past five years)

  • Adult (any qualified hunter)

2021 Archery Deer online applications will be available July 1st. 

*MAC USERS: You must use Adobe Reader if you wish to apply online using the fillable form above. Apple Preview is not compatible with the fillable application. If you experience any issues;  you may either print, scan and email the application to DNR.Irap@illinois.gov or print and mail the application to the address provided. If you have any questions, please email DNR.Irap@illinois.gov and someone will assist you. 

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 hunting is only for the month of OCTOBER and DECEMBER 16-31.  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.

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

Park vehicle in the designated parking area.