the hunting requirements in Illinois?
In order to hunt dove in Illinois,
a person needs to have a valid hunting license, a state habitat stamp
and you must be registered with HIP. You can purchase a license and
the state habitat stamp online through DNR Direct, over the counter from a license vendor, or by calling 1-888-673-7648. Hunting devices, ammunition and
garment requirements can be found in the Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations.
Ammunition size and type is very important when hunting dove in Illinois,
especially on public areas.
I hunt dove in Illinois?
IDNR allows dove hunting at many
of our owned or managed sites. Hunting is also
allowed on private property IF you have
received prior permission from the landowner or tenant. IDNR has a Land Access Permission Card to
facilitate this approval.
When can I
hunt dove in Illinois?
Illinois has set a split season for dove hunting. Please
view our Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations for
current year hunting dates.
can I apply for a free dove permit in Illinois?
Please visit our Free Dove Permit One Stop page for instructions, application periods, seasons, and more.
What do I do if I harvest a
We encourage you to report
information about when and where you harvested the bird. You will be emailed a
Certificate of Appreciation with information about when and where the dove was
banded. Your cooperation on reporting band numbers gives dove biologists a
wealth of information useful in managing the resources to provide hunters with
maximum recreational opportunities while protecting dove populations. Reporting banded birds will only be available through the internet by clicking here.