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Furbearer Hunting and Trapping

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Please see the current Hunting and Trapping Digest for Furbearer Hunting and Trapping regulations, season dates, and more.

In Illinois, 14 species are classified as furbearers, all of which can be legally hunted and/or trapped. More than 75 state, federal and international laws apply to the hunting and trapping of furbearers in Illinois. Such laws set standards for animal welfare and place limits on hunting and trapping so that animals are not endangered by these activities. For more information on Illinois Furbearers, visit our Furbearer Guide here.


The 2021-2022 Bobcat Lottery results are in! Applicants with an email address on file will receive an email from noreply@egov.com alerting them if they were successful or not, (if you do not see this email, please check your spam/junk folder). Applicants can also log into their ExploreMoreIL account here and select Purchase History. Successful applicants will see privilege code 1300 with a purchase date of 10/12/2021 if successful. If unsuccessful, there will only be an application in the purchase history. Permits will be mailed within 2 weeks of the date listed above.

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