Illinois Hunting Seasons Dates (Updated)

Welcome to the Illinois Hunting Seasons page. Updated US Hunting Seasons for 2019-2020.

As part of our comprehensive guide to US Hunting Seasons By State on this page you will find out "When Is Hunting Season for Illinois?" 

There is also general information on the different hunting seasons for a wide range of wild game species. You will find links to the relevant State Authority so you can make sure you have all the correct legal obligations in place before you start your hunt.

The Director of Illinois hunting season website describes the hunting improvements in this State as follows:

" I am very familiar with Illinois’ tremendous hunting heritage.Because Illinois is a great place to spend time outdoors, we are working to improve hunting opportunities, recruit new hunters and trappers and expand public access. Hunters and trappers are our most important partners in managing wildlife in Illinois, and we appreciate the input we receive from you on ways to improve outdoor opportunities in the state."

IMPORTANT. All care has been taking in preparing this hunting season information for you. Please check the relevant State Authority's Website for further information and any changes to current US Hunting Season Regulations. We have provided a link to each States hunting season website for your convenience.

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Deer Hunting Season
Turkey Hunting Season

Illinois Deer Hunting Season

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2019-2020*

Firearms (Rifle, Muzzleloader, Hand gun)

Nov 22-24 & Dec 5-8

Muzzleloader Only

Dec 5-8 & Dec 13-15

Bow

Oct 1-Jan 19

Late Season

Dec 26-29 & Jan 17-19

Youth Hunt (Firearms)

Oct 12-14

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Illinois Turkey Hunting Season

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2019-2020*

Spring

April 6- May 14

Spring (Youth)

Mar 28-29 & April 4-5

Fall (Firearms)

Oct 19-27

Fall (Bow)

Oct 1-Jan 19

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website. Note Bow season in Fall is closed during Firearm season.

Illinois Small Game Hunting Season

Illinois has a variety of small game species for the hunter during hunting season.

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2019-2020*

Rabbits

Nov 2-Feb 15

Squirrel

Aug 1-Feb 15

Bobcat

Nov 10-Feb 15

Fox

Nov 10-Feb 15

Opossum & Raccoon

Nov 10-Feb 15

Beaver & Otter

Nov 10-Feb 15

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Illinois Game Bird Hunting Season

Illinois has a variety of wild game bird species for the hunter during hunting season.

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2019-2020*

Ducks

Oct 19-Jan 26

Canada Geese

Sept 1-Jan 31

Doves

Sept 1-Jan 9

Pheasant

Nov 2-Jan 15

Quail

Nov 2-Jan 15

Partridge

Nov 2-Jan 15

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website. some Waterfowl also has special early season dates for hunting.

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Paul

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