DO I NEED A HUNTING LICENSE TO HUNT WITHIN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS?
Yes. A Hunting License is different from a Hunter Education Certificate and is required for any person who hunts any game animal within the state. This includes both residents and non-residents. Varying licenses must be purchased and carried depending on the hunter’s age, residency, and the type of game being hunted. Certain exceptions may apply depending on the game animal being hunted. For more information on Illinois, hunting licenses visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.
WHAT ARE THE ILLINOIS TAGGING REQUIREMENTS?
Certain game animals must be tagged and checked or reported after they’re taken, including big game animals such as deer. It’s important for hunters to understand the tagging and/or harvest reporting requirements for the game animal they’re hunting, and to ensure that the animal is tagged and reported properly.
Mandatory Harvest Reporting Requirements
All deer that are harvested within the state of Illinois during the muzzleloader, archery, or late winter antlerless seasons, in addition to deer harvested during special CWD seasons, and during the firearm season in counties without CWD surveillance, must be registered.
The harvest must be registered by 10 pm on the same calendar day that the deer was taken. Deer harvests can be reported by using the telephone check-in system by calling 1-866-452-4325, or online by visiting dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/
In counties that have CWD surveillance, harvested deer must be physically registered at designated check stations. Upon registering the harvest, the hunter will be issued a permanent leg tag and harvest confirmation number which must be written on the tag. The harvested deer must remain whole (field dressed) until it has been checked.
For more information on tagging and harvest reporting requirements, visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.