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Youth Firearm Deer Season Information

2021 YOUTH FIREARM DEER SEASON: October 9 - 11, 2021

Attention Youth Firearm Deer Hunt participants: Due to a programming error, Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Season permits sold between 08/03/2021 and 10/4/2021 have incorrect information regarding the 2021 season dates, indicating the season ends 10/11/2022. The correct season dates are 10/9/2021-10/11/2021. This error has been corrected. Youth permits purchased with the incorrect date remain valid for the 2021 Youth Firearm Deer Season, regardless of the printed end date. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please call Customer Support at 866-716-6550 with additional questions or concerns. Reminder: A hunter with an unfilled, valid Youth Firearm Deer Permit may also hunt during the first Firearm Deer Season 11/19/21-11/21/21.

  • The Youth Firearm Deer Season is only open to hunters who have not reached their 18th birthday prior to the opening date of the season.

  • The $10.50 Youth Firearm Either-Sex Deer Permit is available to eligible resident and nonresident youths. The statewide-issued permit is valid on private land, with landowner permission, or on public land sites open to the Youth Firearm Deer Season.

  • Hunters may only purchase one Youth Firearm Deer permit (available for purchase over the counter August 3, 2021 - October 11, 2021). 

  • In addition to their permit, all eligible youth hunters must have a current, valid hunting license (see Other Requirements below).


  • August 3, 2021 - October 11, 2021: Purchase over the counter at a License Vendor only.  Please note:  Youth Firearm Deer Season permits cannot be replaced after October 11, 2021.


In addition to a 2021 Youth Firearm Deer Permit, all eligible youth hunters must have a current, valid Hunting License (may be a Youth Hunting & Trapping license, an Apprentice Hunting License, or a Regular Hunting License), unless exempt. Purchase online or over the counter at a License Vendor.