Illinois Hunting News

Handgun Deer Hunting Regulations Announced
Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold today announced regulations governing sportsmen using handguns during this year’s firearm deer season. "Many hunters have asked for this additional deer hunting opportunity and we’re pleased to be able to provide it this fall," Brunsvold said. "This is one of a number of increased opportunities we are bringing to sportsmen."
More Muzzleloader Only Deer Licenses Available
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is providing more hunting opportunity this fall for deer hunters using muzzleloading rifles, Director Joel Brunsvold announced today. The Department is making thousands of additional muzzleloader-only deer permits available for the 2003 season.
Regulations To Allow Handgun Use Planned
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will allow the use of handguns during the firearm deer hunting season in the state this fall, Director Joel Brunsvold said today. We’re excited about this expansion of outdoor recreation opportunity in Illinois,” Brunsvold said. “Regulations are being drafted allowing handgun use during the firearm season.”
2003 Resident Youth Anterless Deer Permit Applications Available
2003 Resident Youth Anterless-Only Deer Permit applications are available now from IDNR’s web site. Illinois residents who have not reached age 16 by the dates of the hunt (Oct. 11-12) are eligible.
Second Firearm Deer Lottery
Individuals who were rejected for a deer permit during the first lottery, who are applying for their first permit, or who are non-residents may apply for firearm or muzzle-loader deer permits through August 14th. Applicants may apply for one either-sex deer permit and one bonus antlerless-only deer permit to be allocated from permits remaining after the first lottery.
Governor Signs Legislation Allowing Special Hunting Seasons
Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today signed legislation at the Mercer Court House in Aledo allowing establishment of special hunting seasons to help combat wildlife diseases threatening Illinois’ deer herd. The new law provides needed flexibility in efforts to contain the spread of chronic wasting disease, which was detected for the first time in wild deer in northern Illinois late last year.
Annual Shooting Classic for People with Disabilities
The Annual Shooting Classic for people with disabilities is coming up June 21 at the Aurora Sportsmens' Club in Sugar Grove just west of Aurora. The event will include sporting clays and 3D archery. Awards will be given. Lunch and drinks will also be provided. It is all for a good time and the event is free.
Outdoor Hall of Fame Nominations
Nominations are being accepted THROUGH June 13 by the Illinois Conservation Foundation for the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame. Nominees should include those outdoor sportsmen and women who truly have made significant contributions or exhibited unparalleled dedication in preserving, promoting, enhancing or supporting natural resources or outdoor recreational opportunities in Illinois.
Nonresident Archery Deer Permits
Illinois archery deer hunting permits for nonresidents of the state for the 2003-2004 season will go on sale on Saturday, July 12 at 8 a.m. The permits for nonresidents will only be available by telephone using a credit card to complete the transaction.
Seven New Cases of CWD
Seven additional cases of chronic wasting disease have been found in wild deer tested during follow-up sampling conducted in the northern Illinois counties where the wildlife disease was first confirmed last fall, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced today.