Illinois Hunting News

Illinois DNR Conservation Police Charge 5 Individuals in Deer Poaching Case

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Law Enforcement announced recent charges filed in Cook and Sangamon counties against five men from Illinois and Michigan. The arrests came after a five month long deer poaching investigation.

Illinois Hunters Asked to Report Sightings of Feral Swine

Population threatens wildlife and domestic livestock, damage to land, water and habitat.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are enlisting the help of Illinois hunters in efforts to track feral swine and assist in slowing the population and expanding range of the invasive animals in the state.

Chicago-area Residents Pack First Shots® Seminars to Exercise Their Firearm Freedoms

With their individual right to keep and bear arms reaffirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court's McDonald ruling, Chicagoland residents are displaying their keen interest in owning firearms by filling First Shots® seminars at area shooting ranges.

Illinois Landowners Sought for New Program to Provide More Access for Outdoor Recreation

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is looking for landowners interested in helping meet a longstanding request from outdoor recreation enthusiasts:  “More places for outdoor recreation, please.”  

Two Year Investigation Leads to Multiple Turkey Poaching Charges

A two-year, cooperative investigation among the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has resulted in the prosecution of 11 Effingham County, Illinois, men for violating multiple Kansas game laws. The case had been referred to Kansas by Illinois Conservation Police and the USFWS in 2009 after investigation of a case in Illinois revealed that the same people being investigated there were also illegally taking wild turkeys in Kansas.

Illinois Hunters Harvest 98,700 Deer During Firearm Season

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 98,700 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season on Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 2-5, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced. A total of 99,419 deer were taken during the 2009 firearm season.

Illinois Firearm Deer Season Off to a Good Start

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) reports that hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 68,037 deer during the opening weekend of the 2010 Illinois firearm deer season, Nov. 19-21. The seven-day firearm season will conclude on Dec. 2-5.

Illinois Deer Season Begins Nov. 19th

Illinois' most popular hunting season begins on Friday through Sunday, Nov. 19-21 as hunters will head to the field for the opening weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season. The seven-day firearm hunt will conclude on Dec. 2-5.

"Illinois has a great hunting heritage and the firearm deer season is anticipated anxiously by hunters each fall. We want to encourage hunters to make safety a priority and enjoy their time afield," said Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller.

Wisconsin Offers New Web Based Alerts on Wolf Activity

Administrators from the natural resource agencies in 13 Midwestern states and three Canadian provinces have signed a joint resolution urging the U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list.

Illinois Non-Resident Archery Combo Deer Apps Due June 30
Non-resident hunters can apply through June 30 for Illinois Non-Resident Archery Combination Deer Permits for the 2010-11 deer season.