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Hunter Survey

The Basics

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 (17 and under) All youth hunters must have a non-hunting supervisor

  • 1st-Time Adult (someone who has not hunted turkey in the past five years)

  • Adult (any qualified hunter)

Please follow all CDC guidelines, do not contact the landowner and do not hunt if you feel sick.


Adult 3rd and 4th Season Application

Youth 3rd and 4th Season Application

Please note that the IRAP 2022 Spring Turkey application deadline was February 28, 2022 for the first round of IRAP site assignments. However, we are still taking applications online to account for people who are still receiving permits in the mail from the 3rd lottery, as well as those who plan to apply with an OTC permit.

Where: IRAP has leased 20,000 acres for turkey hunting from private landowners in 41 Illinois counties. Most of the sites are at least 40 acres, and all have been evaluated for turkey activity to provide the highest possibility for a good hunting experience.

When: IRAP leases turkey hunting acres for youth season and seasons 3 & 4 only.

2022 YOUTH season (two weekends - statewide):

  • March 26 & 27
  • April 2 & 3

2022 THIRD Season:

  • April 15 - 20 (south zone)
  • April 22 - April 27 (north zone)

2022 FOURTH Season:

  • April 21 - April 27 (south zone)
  • April 28 - May 4 (north zone)
Please check with your local permit vendor on the availability of OTC permits for the REMAINING 3rd and 4th Season IRAP sites listed below.
IRAP 3rd Season Site Available Counties as of 4/18/2022IRAP 3rd Season Sites Available as of 4/18/2022 IRAP 4th Season Site Available Counties as of 4/18/2022IRAP 4th Season Sites Available as of 4/18/2022

Calhoun1 Christian2
Clay3 Clay2
Cumberland1 Cumberland1
Fulton4 Fulton10
Greene3 Greene12
Henry4 Henry4
Jasper1 Jasper1
Jersey4 Jersey3
Knox1 Knox3
Marion4 Macoupin8
Mason1 Madison2
McDonough4 Marion5
Monroe2 Mason1
Montgomery1 McDonough3
Peoria1 Monroe3
Pike3 Montgomery1
Shelby2 Pike3
Warren2 Schuyler2
Washington1 Shelby2


How it works:

For YOUTH season: Fill out the application linked above and send it to IRAP by February 14, 2022.

Lottery will be held 4 weeks before start of youth season. Successful applicants will receive confirmation from IRAP within 3 weeks of the hunting dates. Once IRAP has confirmed a site, then the youth hunter can purchase an over-the counter youth turkey permit.

For spring season 3 and 4: the applicant must first obtain acounty specific turkey permit through the IDNR permit system (lottery). Please look at the IRAP turkey site availability county map (above) – only certain county sites allow youth and/or adult hunting. Once the applicant receives his or her IDNR turkey permit, they should immediately fill out the IRAP Turkey Online Application linked above.

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.

Additional Information

If you, the hunter, would like to have an adult mentor accompany you during your hunt, you will need to:

  • list them on your IRAP application
  • have them sign a liability waiver
  • complete an Adult/Mentor authorization form
  • make sure they do NOT hunt or carry a firearm or bow
  • make sure they have a valid hunting license

Hunting sites for seasons 3 & 4 are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, when a complete application is received from the applicant with a county specific permit number.

Successful applicants will receive a packet of information, including an IRAP parking and site permit, a map and directions to the site approximately 3 weeks before the start of the season applying for.

You may apply and hunt up to 3 turkey seasons/sites per year on IRAP property.

You are required to complete and return a survey about your hunting experience.

The hunter's and the landowner's identity are kept private from one another. We ask that the hunter not come in contact with the landowner, unless necessary.

Additional information on Illinois turkey hunting.

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.