State Of Illinois Agency Web Links
IllinoisHunter provides useful direct links to selected official State of Illinois IDNR (Illinois Department of Natural Resources, aka ILDNR) and ISP (Illinois State Police) web pages. You don't have to search throughout the Web (or the comprehensive IDNR site) to reach the specific hunting and shooting-related information that you need. Just click on the links found below, or on any other relevant link found on the pages of IllinoisHunter.com.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is completely updating their web site, and landing pages for our links will be changing as the update process continues. Old Version pages have the URL "dnr.state.il.us" within their path name - New Version pages will have "dnr.illinois.gov" within their path name. IllinoisHunter.com will try to keep our own ages updated during this process, but your patience will be appreciated during this transition process. The good news is that the ILDNR site will be much improved when the process has been completed.
Note: The Illinois Department of Natural Resources web site is the primary source for official state hunting information, while the Illinois State Police web site is the primary source for researching firearms laws and learning about the Illinois FOID (Firearm Owner Identification) card that is required for all Illinois residents in possession of (including hunting with) any gun (including muzzleloaders and other blackpowder firearms.)
Illinois bucks can grow impressive sets of antlers, as shown by the rack pictured above decorating the head of a trophy whitetail buck in Sangamon County. However, they can be highly nocturnal and quite elusive when hunted!
Photo by Jim Mordacq
General Information and Contact Links
Licensing and Education
Illinois Deer Hunting Information
Upland & Small Game Hunting Information
Wild Turkey Hunting Information
NOTE: If you have alread applied in the first Wild Turkey Lottery for "hard-to-get" seasons and/or hunting areas such as public hunting sites, carefully read the IDNR-supplied information below:
The Following Information Was Released in a January 9, 2014 email from the IDNR:
"The results for the first lottery for 2014 Spring Wild Turkey Permits will not be available before the deadline for the second lottery application on January 13. We are advising you that if you are in the first lottery and want a chance in the second lottery, please go ahead and apply before the second lottery deadline. If you are successful in the spring turkey first lottery, and thus become ineligible for the second lottery, the IDNR will move your second lottery application to the third lottery. We apologize for this change from past spring turkey lottery procedures, and wish you luck in the lotteries and in the Spring Wild Turkey season. "
ALSO: The following notices were added to the IDNR Spring Turkey Webpage, and the Permit Status Webpage.
"Notice to Spring Wild Turkey Permit First Lottery Applicants: The IDNR Spring Wild Turkey Permit Application online inquiry system web link will be available on Jan. 24. Hunters who applied in the first lottery and are interested in applying for multiple permits may submit applications prior to the second lottery application deadline on Jan. 13. Hunters applying in the first and second lotteries who receive a permit through the first lottery drawing will have their later permit application automatically moved to the third lottery." and
"Notice to Property Only Hunting Spring Wild Turkey Permit Holders: Property Only Hunting Spring Wild Turkey Permit holders will be receiving their permit(s) or recertification application forms within the next three weeks from the IDNR. Hunters who receive Property Only Hunting Permits must wait to apply for additional permits beginning with the third lottery. "
Waterfowl & Dove Hunting Information
Just Click on a green-colored web link to go directly to the listed information!
Note: For jurisdiction over hunting and fishing laws and programs, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has superseded the old Illinois Department of Conservation structure, which was more narrow in scope. Officially, the acronym is expressed as IDNR, although some people still refer to it as the ILDNR. The naming of Fish and Game agencies is not consistent throughout the United States, as other states refer to their agencies variously as Division of Fish and Wildlife (IN,) Department of Conservation (MO,) Wildlife Commission (NC,) etc.
IllinoisHunter.com is designed to provide a friendly user interface to access useful information about hunting and outdoor conservation in Illinois. Many of our links will take you to other sites, especially selected portions of the IL Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) web site. Please note that IllinoisHunter.com is not officially associated with the IDNR or other organizations whose sites open in a new tab or browser window. We are not responsible for the accuracy of external links, or any information found on or derived from external pages or other sources.