Nonresident Archery Deer Permits

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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.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, nonresident archery deer permits will be available via toll-free telephone using a credit card at 1-888-6-PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).

The 2003 nonresident archery deer permit fee is $226 plus a processing fee. This permit includes an either-sex and an antlerless-only permit. In addition to their permit, nonresident deer hunters must also purchase a nonresident hunting license and a habitat stamp. Nonresident hunters may purchase either the annual license ($50.75) or a five-day license ($28.75) depending on the amount of time they will be hunting.

Nonresident archery deer hunters are limited to one archery deer permit for the 2003 hunting season. The sale of these permits is capped at 12,843 (the cap represents the number of nonresident permits that have been sold annually since the 2000-2001 archery deer season). Nonresident archery deer permits are not available over-the-counter at hunting license vendors.

During the 2002 permit sales period, these permits were completely sold out within four weeks. More than 2,000 hunters inquired about nonresident permits after they were sold out. Permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis until the quota is reached. Habitat stamps and hunting licenses will also be available to callers, who should have their hunter safety certificate number on hand if born after January 1, 1980. Applicants must also provide their social security and driver's license numbers.

A processing fee of $13 will be charged in addition to the normal issuing fees. If any permits remain unsold as of September 2, 2003, they will also be available from seven Illinois Department of Natural Resources offices until sold out. The offices are located in Sterling, Bartlett, Champaign, Alton, Benton, Springfield and Chicago. Addresses and phone numbers can be found at the IDNR web site (, by consulting an Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations, or by calling 217/782-2965. Also, please visit our web site ( for updates.