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Youth Firearm Deer Season Information

2020 YOUTH FIREARM DEER SEASON:  October 10 - 12, 2020

  • 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 (list upcoming).   
  • Hunters may only purchase one Youth Firearm Deer permit. 
  • In addition to their permit, all eligible youth hunters must have a current, valid hunting license (see Other Requirements below).   


  • Between August 4, 2020 - August 31, 2020:  Purchase online or over the counter at a License Vendor.
  • Between September 1, 2020 - October 12, 2020:  Purchase over the counter at a License Vendor only.


In addition to a 2020 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. 


For more information and further details, including supervisor requirements and harvest reporting information, please review the 2020 Illinois Youth Deer Hunting Information Sheet (upcoming)