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Youth Shotgun Deer

(click here for a printable application)

*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. 

The Basics:

The Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP) will be accepting applications from July 1st until August 24 for Youth Shotgun Deer Hunting sites on private land in several counties throughout Illinois.

Who can apply: Any legally licensed YOUTH (under the age of 18) hunter who has completed their hunter safety course and who complies with all Illinois hunting laws. All youth hunters must have a non-hunting supervisor.

When: Hunting will be Saturday-Monday  on Columbus Day Weekend in October with scouting 7 days prior.

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

Please Note: We suggest you check back periodically as we will be adding new youth shotgun deer sites during the 2020 application period.


How it works:

Applicants applying for an IRAP Youth Shotgun Deer Hunting must complete an application (above) along with the liability waiver and non-hunting adult supervisor forms. 

During the first week of September, successful applicants will be notified and instructed as to where their hunting site is located within the county they applied for and given a site-specific permit allowing them to hunt on the private property.

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

Park vehicle in designated parking area.