Hunters heading to the field for Illinois firearm deer season
Illinois’ most popular hunting season begins this Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20 as hunters head to the field for the opening weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season. The seven-day firearm hunt will conclude on December 1-4.
“Firearm deer season in Illinois is an anxiously awaited time of year for thousands of hunters,” said Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller. “We encourage hunters to enjoy their outdoor heritage and time afield, but to always make ethics and safety top priorities, for the good of the sport.”
“Conservation Police Officers will be out in full force during the firearm deer season,” said IDNR Conservation Police Chief Rafael Gutierrez. “We will be conducting airplane details in addition to our regular checks to prevent poaching and protect hunting opportunities for the thousands of legal sportsmen and women in the field.”
Hunters in Illinois harvested 98,944 deer during the seven-day firearm deer hunting season in 2010. So far this season, more than 327,000 permits have been issued. For information on remaining permits, check the IDNR website at: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/Deer.aspx
The legal hunting hours for the firearm deer season are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.