Non-Residents Can Apply for Archery Permits July 10th

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Hunters who are not residents of Illinois can begin applying for archery deer hunting permits beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold announced yesterday.

Permits are available via phone-ins ONLY at 1-888-673-7648.

Nonresidents archery hunters may obtain a limit of one archery combination deer permit for the 2004 hunting season – that allows the taking of a total of two deer, one antlered deer and one antlerless deer.

Permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis until the quota of 15,000 is reached. Callers should have a credit card ready, and their hunter safety certificate number on hand if born after Jan. 1, 1980. Applicants also will be required to supply their social security and driver’s license numbers. The fee for a nonresident archery combination permit is $225. A processing fee will be charged in addition to the normal issuing fees.

Nonresident archery deer hunters need a nonresident hunting license and state Habitat Stamp, in addition to a deer permit. Nonresidents may purchase either an annual license or a 5-day license, depending on the amount of time they intend to hunt, when they purchase a permit..

If any permits remain unsold by September, they will be available from several IDNR offices until sold out. The offices are in Sterling, Clinton, Alton, Benton, Springfield and Chicago. Addresses and phone numbers for those offices can be found on the DNR web site at: http://dnr.state.il.us/about/officeadd.htm, by consulting Illinois’ Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations, or by calling 217/782-2965.

In addition to the combination permit, successful nonresident applicants can obtain additional antlerless-only archery deer permits over-the-counter from license vendors. To obtain the nonresident single antlerless-only archery permit, hunters, in person, must show the stub from their archery combination permit and pay a fee of $25 to the license vendor. These additional permits are being offered to encourage the harvest of antlerless deer.