Muzzleloader Deer Season December 10-12

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Deer hunters across Illinois have another opportunity to harvest a deer as the state’s muzzleloader season is set for Dec. 10-12. Hunters are reminded that only muzzleloader permits are valid for this upcoming season, and only legal muzzleloaders may be used. Unfilled firearm season permits are not valid for the muzzleloader season.

“We want to remind archery hunters that deer may also be harvested with bow and arrow during the muzzleloader season,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold. “Archery hunters also need to be aware that they are required to wear their blaze orange clothing while hunting with archery equipment in counties open to muzzleloader hunting and youth hunting.”

Last year 14,498 either-sex permits and 1,689 antlerless-only permits were issued with 3,037 deer harvested for a success rate of 19 percent.

For more information on state deer hunting regulations, check the 2004-2005 Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations or the IDNR web site at

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