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Deer Firearm and Muzzleloader Hunting Information

 
 

​2021 SEASON DATES

  • First Firearm Deer Season:  November 19, 20 & 21, 2021
  • Second Firearm Deer Season:  December 2, 3, 4 & 5, 2021
  • Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season:  December 10, 11 & 12, 2021  - Hunters may also use a muzzleloader permit with a muzzleloading rifle during Second Firearm Season December 2 - 5, 2021

2021 FIREARM/MUZZLELOADER DEER SEASON INFORMATION SHEET

2021 FIREARM/MUZZLELOADER DEER SEASON INFORMATION SHEET FOR CWD-TESTING COUNTIES 

Click here for the 2021 Firearm Deer Season Hunting Regulations Information Sheet for CWD-Testing Counties.  Testing of deer for Chronic Wasting Disease by IDNR personnel will occur (so long as funding is available) during the Firearm Deer Season dates Nov. 19 - 21, 2021 and Dec. 2 - 5, 2021.   

LOTTERY APPLICATION PERIODS

*Landowner permit applicants, please refer to note at bottom of page if you also plan to apply in the Lottery Drawings
     
1st Lottery:  March 9, 2021 - April 30, 2021
 
2nd Lottery:  May 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021
  • Illinois residents who did not apply/were not successful in the 1st Lottery Drawing
  • Nonresidents
  • Firearm - Limit 1 application (online or paper application)
  • Muzzleloader - Limit 1 application (online or paper application)
  • Click here to submit an online application (nonresident application available May 1, 2021)
  • Click here to print and mail a paper application (nonresident application available May 1, 2021)
  • Group Hunt applications are accepted in the 2nd Lottery
  • Drawing results will be available approximately August 1, 2021
 
3rd Lottery:  July 1, 2021 - August 20, 2021
  • Illinois residents and nonresidents
  • No application limit for Firearm or Muzzleloader
  • Click here to submit an online application
  • Click here to print and mail a paper application
  • Group Hunt applications are NOT accepted in the 3rd Lottery 
  • Drawing results will be available approximately mid-September
  • County-specific Firearm and Muzzleloader permits remaining after the 3rd Lottery Drawing will be available for sale only over the counter at License Vendors beginning October 19, 2021, on a first-come, first-served basis  
 

* Individuals who have received a Landowner permit, or who have submitted application for a Landowner permit that is still pending, may not apply for additional permits in the First or Second Lottery Firearm Deer Drawing, but may apply in the Third Lottery Firearm Drawing. Landowners who receive permits in the First or Second Lottery Firearm Deer Drawing are not eligible for Landowner Firearm Deer permits.  These individuals, however, are eligible to apply for additional permits in the First or Second Lottery Muzzleloader Deer Drawing.​​