Enrollment now open for 2017 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt
Youth across Illinois can now obtain their Deer Permits at participating vendors in preparation for the upcoming 2017 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt, scheduled Oct. 7-9.
Interested youth must have a valid permit and be under the age of 18 to take part in the hunt. Additionally, hunters 16-18 are asked to have proof of a Habitat Stamp.
Each permit that is issued links to a single open county, and no more than one permit will be issued per hunter. Nearly all of Illinois’ counties are open this season, save for DuPage, Lake, Cook and part of Kane County.
In East Central Illinois, open areas for 2017 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt include Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area, Iroquois County State Wildlife Area, Hidden Springs State Forest, Lake Shelbyville Project Lands (not including Eagle Creekand Wolf Creek State Recreation Areas), Lake Shelbyville Project Lands in Moultrie County including Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area, Wildcat Hollow State Habitat Area, Meeker State Habitat Area, Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Crawford County State Fish and Wildlife Area, and Chauncey Marsh.
To find out more about this year’s hunt, visit the IDNR website.