Deer Firearm and Muzzleloader Hunting Information

​2022 Season Dates

  • First Firearm Deer Season:  November 18, 19 & 20, 2022
  • Second Firearm Deer Season:  December 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2022
  • Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season:  December 9, 10 & 11, 2022  - Hunters may also use a muzzleloader permit with a muzzleloading rifle during Second Firearm Season December 1 - 4, 2022

2022 Deer Harvest Reporting and Information Sheets 

FIREARM/MUZZLELOADER DEER HUNTING INFORMATION SHEET

ARCHERY DEER HUNTING INFORMATION SHEET

FIREARM DEER HUNTING INFORMATION SHEET FOR CWD 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. 18 - 20, 2022 and Dec. 1 - 4, 2022.  
 
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 8, 2022 - April 30, 2022
 
2nd Lottery:  May 11, 2022 - June 30, 2022
  • 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 11, 2022)
  • Click here to print and mail a paper application (nonresident application available May 11, 2022)
  • Group Hunt applications are accepted in the 2nd Lottery
 
3rd Lottery:  July 11, 2022 - August 19, 2022
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 18, 2022, 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.​​