DNR Announces Non-Resident Archery Deer Permit Lottery

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for 2005 non-resident archery deer hunting permits. The permits will be issued through a computerized random lottery drawing this summer involving those hunters who apply by phone or through the Department web site through July 31.

Up to 20,000 combination archery deer permits have been allocated for non-resident bow hunters. The combination permits consist of one either-sex permit and one antlerless-only permit. The fee for the non-resident combination archery deer permit is $325 plus a processing fee of $2.50 and 2.5 percent of the total sale.

Non-resident hunters may apply through July 31 via telephone using the IDNR telephone vendor system at 1-800/705-4164 or through the IDNR web site at the following address: http://dnr.state.il.us/admin/systems/index.htm.

Clients of outfitters licensed by IDNR will be given preference in the drawing for the first 7,500 of the 20,000 combination permits. Clients of licensed outfitters should contact the outfitter prior to applying to receive a certification number to be used in the application process to verify their outfitter client status.

If the number of eligible outfitter clients in the drawing is less than 7,500, all remaining permits will be allocated to other applicants until the maximum number of permits (20,000) is issued. If the number of eligible outfitter clients in the drawing exceeds 7,500, those outfitter clients unsuccessful in obtaining one of the first 7,500 permits will be included in the drawing with other applicants for the remaining 12,500 permits.

Non-residents may submit only one application for a non-resident combination archery deer permit. Up to six hunters may apply as a group. Permits allocated to clients of outfitters from among the first 7,500 permits drawn are valid only on the property controlled by that outfitter.

The non-resident archery permits will be issued using a computerized random lottery drawing conducted after July 31. In addition to the 20,000 combination permits, an unlimited number of anterless-only archery deer permits will be available to any non-resident for $25 each. The antlerless-only permits will be available at any of the more than 1,200 IDNR license agents.

Non-resident deer hunters are required to possess a valid Illinois Non-Resident Hunting License ($50.75 for an annual license or $28.75 for a five-day license) and an Illinois Habitat Stamp ($5.50) in addition to their deer permit (unless otherwise exempt). These licenses and stamps may be purchased at the time of application for the non-resident archery deer permit via telephone or the Department’s web site, or from any IDNR license vendor.

The new permit application procedure for non-resident bow hunters replaces a telephone-only system through which permits were issued on a first-come, first-served basis in recent years.

Deer hunters are also advised that harvest-reporting requirements have changed effective with the 2005-06 season. Successful hunters beginning this fall must register their harvest by 10 p.m. on the same calendar day the deer is or are taken by calling a toll-free telephone check-in system at 1-866-ILCHECK or by accessing the on-line check-in system at http://dnr.state.il.us/vcheck.

Hunters will be provided with a confirmation number to verify that they checked in their harvest. This number must be written by the hunter onto the temporary harvest tag (leg tag). The deer must remain whole (or field dressed) until it has been checked in through the new check-in system.

The changes are part of the implementation of DNR Direct, Illinois’ new automated license, permit and registration system.