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.
Illinois residents have preference over Random Daily Drawing: Residents and nonresidents may apply beginning September 1 for additional firearm or muzzleloader permits left over from the county quotas. Last date to apply is November 7. Hunters are encouraged to apply early, because drawings are conducted from the pool of permits received each day.