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Deer Permit Applications/Sales Information

NOTES:

A $2.00 processing fee has been implemented on all fee-paid paper applications. The new fees are printed on each application. Thank you.

The Lottery 3 Firearm and Muzzleloader Deer application deadline date is August 20, 2021. Paper applications received in our office after this date will be returned.

LANDOWNER APPLICANTS: The application deadline date for 2021 Resident and Nonresident Landowner Fall Turkey and Deer applications is September 1, 2021. Landowner applications received after September 1, 2021, will not be processed for 2021.

Name

Fee

Available Online

Paper Application Available

Application thru Vendors

Application(s)/Permit(s) Available on:
Resident Landowner (POH) Application$0.00
Paper
Currently Available (Updated 08/2021)
Non-Resident Landowner (POH) Deer Firearm Permit Application (E/S & A/O)$175.00
Paper
5/1/2021
Non-Resident Landowner (POH) Deer Archery Permit Application (ES & AO)$210.00
Paper
5/1/2021
Resident Deer Firearm Lottery Permit Application (Either Sex)$25.00OnlinePaper
3/09/2021
Resident Deer Firearm Lottery Permit Application (Antlerless Only)$17.50OnlinePaper
3/09/2021
Resident Deer Firearm Lottery Permit Application (Either Sex & Antlerless Only)$42.50OnlinePaper
3/09/2021
Resident Deer Muzzleloader Lottery Permit Application (Either Sex)$25.00OnlinePaper
3/09/2021
Resident Deer Muzzleloader Lottery Permit Application (Antlerless Only)$17.50OnlinePaper
3/09/2021
Resident Deer Muzzleloader Lottery Permit Application (Either Sex & Antlerless Only)$42.50OnlinePaper
3/09/2021
Resident Deer Firearm OTC County Permit (Either Sex)$25.50

Vendor ListSales Begin 10/19/2021
Resident Deer Muzzleloader OTC County Permit (Either Sex)$25.50

Vendor ListSales Begin 10/19/2021
Resident Deer Late Winter Season Special Hunt Area (SHA) Permit Application$17.50Online

10/26/2021 to 11/22/2021
Resident Deer Late Winter Season Firearm OTC County Permit (Antlerless Only)$18.00

Vendor List12/14/2021 thru 1/16/2022
CWD Season Deer Firearm OTC Permit (Antlerless Only)$5.50

Vendor List12/14/2021 thru 1/16/2022
Resident & Non-Resident Youth Deer Season OTC Statewide Firearm Permit (Either Sex)$10.50

Vendor ListOTC 8/3/2021 thru 10/11/2021
Non-Resident Deer Firearm Lottery Permit Application (Either Sex)$300.00OnlinePaper
5/1/2021
Non-Resident Deer Firearm Lottery Permit Application (ES & AO)$325.00OnlinePaper
5/1/2021
Non-Resident Deer Firearm Lottery Permit Application (Antlerless Only) (Must already have an ES permit)$25.00
Paper
5/1/2021
Non-Resident Deer Muzzleloader Lottery Permit Application (ES & AO)$325.00OnlinePaper
5/1/2021
Non-Resident Deer Muzzleloader Lottery Permit Application (Antlerless Only) Must already have an ES Permit)$25.00
Paper
5/1/2021
Non-Resident Deer Firearm OTC County Permit (Either Sex)$300.50

Vendor ListSales begin 10/19/2021
Non-Resident Deer Firearm OTC County Permit (Antlerless Only) (Must already have an ES permit)$25.50

Vendor ListSales Begin 10/19/2021
Non-Resident Deer Firearm OTC County Permit (Antlerless Only) (Hunter has not purchased an ES Permit)$100.50

Vendor ListSales Begin 10/19/2021
Non-Resident Deer Muzzleloader OTC County Permit (Either Sex)$300.50

Vendor ListSales Begin 10/19/2021
Non-Resident Deer Muzzleloader OTC County Permit (Antlerless Only) (Must already have an ES Permit)$25.50

Vendor ListSales Begin 10/19/2021
Non-Resident Deer Muzzleloader OTC County Permit (Antlerless Only) Hunter has not purchased an ES Permit$100.50

Vendor ListSales Begin 10/19/2021
Resident Deer Archery Either-Sex Permit Application$15.00
Paper
8/1/2021 thru 9/1/2021
Resident Deer Archery OTC Permit (ES & AO)$26.00

Vendor List8/3/2021 thru 1/16/2022
Resident Deer Archery OTC Permit (Antlerless Only)$15.50

Vendor List8/3/2021 thru 1/16/2022
Non-Resident Deer Combo Archery Permit Application (ES & AO)$410.00Online

6/1/2021 thru 6/30/2021
Non-Resident Deer Combo Archery Permit OTC (ES & AO)$411.00

Vendor ListOTC 8/3/2021 thru 1/16/2022
Non-Resident Deer Archery Permit OTC (Antlerless Only) (Must already have an ES Archery Permit or a NR Landowner (POH) Archery Permit)$25.50

Vendor ListOTC 8/3/2021 thru 1/16/2022
Non-Resident Deer Archery Permit OTC (Antlerless Only) (Hunter has not purchased an ES Archery Permit)$100.50

Vendor ListOTC 8/3/2021 thru 1/16/2022
Non-Resident Deer Muzzleloader Lottery Permit Application (Either Sex)$300.00OnlinePaper
5/1/2021
Resident Deer Firearm OTC County Permit (Antlerless Only)$18.00

Vendor ListSales begin 10/19/2021
Resident Deer Muzzleloader OTC County Permit (Antlerless Only)$18.00

Vendor ListSales Begin 10/19/2021

Military Fee Exemptions

DEFINITIONS Active Duty − means active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, as evidenced by a DD Form 2, United States Uniformed Service Identification Card, marked "Active" or "Active Duty". Department − means the Department of Natural Resources. Members − means Illinois resident military, guard or reserve members. Mobilization − means that Reserves or Guard Members were called to active duty by the President of the United States under Title 10 or Title 32, United States Code. Service Abroad − means active duty service outside of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and includes all active duty service in territories and possessions of the United States. Verification of Service or Mobilization − means official documentation from the Department of Defense or the appropriate Major Command showing mobilization dates or service abroad dates, including a DD-214, a letter from the Illinois Department of Military Affairs for members of the Illinois National Guard, a letter from the Regional Reserve Command for members of the Armed Forces Reserve, a letter from the Major Command covering Illinois for active duty members, or personnel records for mobilized State employees. A copy of orders shall not be accepted as verification.

Veteran − means an Illinois resident who is a former member of the Armed Forces of the United States, as evidenced by a form DD-214. ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY MEMBERSThe purpose of this Part is to acknowledge and recognize the contribution of Illinois residents returning from service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States as an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces, the Illinois National Guard, or the Reserves of the United States Armed Forces. In recognition of the services of Illinois resident service members, the Department of Natural Resources will waive specified fees for camping, fishing and hunting for the amount of time that the active duty member spent in service abroad or mobilized. Illinois resident military members who have served abroad, or guard or reserve members who were mobilized, are eligible for the following without fee: 1) Camping, with no camping fee except:

  • camper is responsible for applicable utility fees; and
  • camper is responsible for applicable rent-a-tent fees and cabin fees.

The Armed Forces Special Pass (camping), issued to eligible military members, shall become effective on the date of application and shall expire on the same month and day in the year the entitlement expires. 2) Sport fishing and hunting:

  • Members will be issued a current Combined Sportsman's License and Habitat Stamp.
  • If requested by the member, one statewide archery deer permit will be issued upon verification if currently available. One free firearm deer permit for the county of choice (and the archery deer permit if not available at time of verification) will be mailed to the applicant when available.

The Combined Sportsman's License will expire March 31 of each year.

  • Military members are eligible for free sport fishing, hunting and camping for one year for each year served and for one year for each portion of a year served.
  • Eligible military members must apply within two years after their return from abroad or release from mobilization, provide verification of dates of service abroad or verification of dates of mobilization and provide a photo identification card.
  • To receive free passes, licenses, stamps and permits, eligible military members shall appear in person at the following Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office:

IDNR Springfield Headquarters Office

One Natural Resources Way

Springfield, IL 62702

  • If eligible, a new Combined Sportsman's License, stamp and deer permit may be obtained by following the procedures above. Eligible military members can show an unexpired Armed Forces Special Pass to obtain a new license, stamp or permit.

Non-resident military members are not eligible for no-fee hunting, fishing or camping.

VETERANS

The purpose of this Part is to acknowledge and recognize the contribution of Illinois resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces after returning from service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States. In recognition of the services of Illinois resident veterans, the Department of Natural Resources will issue veterans a current fishing license, sportsmen's combination license or hunting license at one-half the current fee.

Illinois resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have served abroad, or guard or reserve members who were mobilized by the President of the United States, are eligible to purchase licenses at one-half the fee charged for the following: 1) fishing license 2) sportsmen's combination license; and 3) hunting license

  • Veterans can apply at any time in person at: IDNR Springfield Headquarters Office, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702, and must provide a form DD-214 and a photo identification card.
  • After the initial issuance of one-half price licenses, eligible veterans may obtain one-half price licenses in subsequent years through the Department website or over the counter from any of the Department's direct license agents.

Non-resident veterans are not eligible for reduced fee hunting or fishing licenses. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION In addition to the fee exemptions explained above, pursuant to section 10 (a) of Illinois' Regulations for Hunting, Licenses and Stamps, a person on active duty in the Armed Forces, who entered the service from Illinois and is an Illinois resident, may, while on ordinary or emergency leave, hunt without a license; however, a Federal Waterfowl Stamp and State Habitat Stamp are required.Regardless of all fee exemptions referenced here, all other hunting/trapping regulations apply, as detailed in the Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations, including the requirement to obtain a Hunter Safety Card before obtaining fee-waived licenses, permits and/or stamps.

Turkey Permit Application Chart

​​ Paper applications are not available until the Application Availability Date. An error message will appear if a particular application is not available. ​​​​​​​

Name

Fee

Available Online

Paper Application Available

Available thru Phone

Available thru Vendors

Application(s)/Permit(s) Available on:
Non-Resident Fall Turkey Archery Permit$75.50


Vendor ListOTC 8/3/2021 thru 1/16/2022
Non-Resident Fall Turkey Landowner (POH) Shotgun/Archery Permit Application. See Application for Fees.

Paper

7/6/2021 thru 9/1/2021
Non-Resident Fall Turkey Shotgun Lottery Permit Application$125.00OnlinePaper

7/6/2021 thru 8/23/2021
Non-Resident Spring Turkey Landowner (POH) Permit Application$37.50
Paper

12/2/20 thru 2/09/21
Non-Resident Spring Turkey Lottery Application$125.00OnlinePaper

12/2/20 thru 2/09/21
Resident Fall Turkey Archery Over-the-Counter (OTC) Permit$5.50


Vendor ListOTC only 8/3/2021 thru 1/16/2022
Resident Fall Turkey Shotgun Lottery Permit Application$15.00OnlinePaper

5/4/2021 thru 8/23/2021
Resident Spring Turkey Lottery Application$15.00OnlinePaper

10/6/20 thru 2/9/21
Turkey Spring Youth Shotgun/Archery Over the Counter (OTC) Permit$10.50


Vendor ListOTC only 3/3/20 thru 4/5/20
Turkey Spring Youth Shotgun/Archery SHA Lottery Permit Application$10.00Online


1/21/20 thru 2/17/20

Waterfowl Hunting Credentials (does not include vendor fees)


Price

How to apply for or purchase


License/Permit/Stamps

Resident

Non-Resident

Lottery

Online

Vendors

Specifications

Hunting License

Variable

Variable


X

X

See Statewide Regulations section for license types.

State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp

$15.00

$15.00


X

X

Required for any person 18 years of age or older, including lifetime license holders, to

hunt migratory waterfowl except toe-clipped, hand-reared mallards on licensed Game Breeding and Hunting Preserve Areas. Disabled individuals, servicemen, and landowners may be exempt from this stamp (see qualification definitions below table).

Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp

$25.00

$25.00


X

X

Required for any person 16 years of age or older, including lifetime license holders, to hunt migratory waterfowl except toe-clipped, hand-reared mallards on licensed Game Breeding and Hunting Preserve Areas. Must be signed in ink across the face of the stamp. E-stamps are now available from many states and are legal nationwide. Upon purchase, the E-stamp will be temporarily valid, and a physical copy will be mailed to the purchaser. www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp/e-stamp.php

HIP Certification

Free

Free


X

X

To hunt migratory birds, all licensed hunters, including lifetime license holders, must register with HIP, see HIP Registration description hereafter. Not required to hunt crows in Illinois.

Site-specific Duck and Goose Hunting Permits

Variable

Variable

X

X


See Permit Applications hereafter for details. Some Permits require in-person drawing. Fee may be charged at sites.

Hunting Licenses (all Categories)

Don’t forget: 2021 hunting, fishing and sportsmen combo licenses do not go on sale until March 1. Licenses purchased before March 1 are for the 2020 license year.

Name

Fee

Available Online

Available thru Vendors

Paper Application Available

Title

collapse Residency : Resident ‎(10)
Resident Hunting License$12.50OnlineVendor List
100
Resident Lifetime Hunting License$360.00Online

804
Resident Lifetime Sportsmen's Combination Hunting/Fishing License$765.00Online

805
Resident Senior Hunting License$6.50OnlineVendor List
105
Resident Senior Sportsmen's Combination Hunting/Fishing License$13.50OnlineVendor List
225
Resident Sportsmen's Combination Hunting/Fishing License$26.25OnlineVendor List
200
Resident Super Senior Hunting License$1.50OnlineVendor List
151
Resident Super Senior Sportsman Combo Hunting and Fishing License$2.75OnlineVendor List
226
Resident Veteran Hunting License (Prior Certification Required)$6.50OnlineVendor List
103
Resident Veteran Sportsmen's Combination Hunting/Fishing License (Prior Certification Required)$13.50OnlineVendor List
203
collapse Residency : Non-Resident ‎(3)
Non-Resident Hunting License$57.75OnlineVendor List
101
Non-Resident Hunting License (5 day)$35.75OnlineVendor List
102
Non-Resident Hunting Preserve License$12.50OnlineVendor List
980
collapse Residency : Both ‎(2)
Hunting Apprentice License$7.50OnlineVendor List
105
Youth Hunting -18 & under no hunter safety required expires 3/31.$7.00OnlineVendor List
107

Apprentice License

The purpose of the Apprentice License Program is to extend limited hunting privileges, in lieu of obtaining a valid hunting license, to persons interested in learning about hunting sports.

  1. An Apprentice Hunter License may be issued to a person of any age, including residents and nonresidents.
  2. The Apprentice Hunter License shall entitle the licensee to hunt on private property while supervised by a validly licensed resident or nonresident hunter who is 21 years of age or older.
  3. The Apprentice Hunter License shall entitle the licensee to hunt on public property while supervised by a validly licensed resident or nonresident who is 21 years of age or older and has a hunter education certificate.
  4. The Apprentice License shall expire on March 31st of the following year.
  5. Purchase of the Hunting Apprentice License can be made online, at your nearest vendor location, or by calling 1-866-716-6550.

Youth Hunting License

Before any youth under 18 years of age shall take or attempt to take any species protected by Section 2.2 of this Code for which an open season is established, he or she shall first procure and possess a valid Youth Hunting and Trapping License. The Youth Hunting and Trapping License is one license and shall be a renewable license that shall expire on the March 31 following the date of issuance.

The Youth Hunting and Trapping License shall entitle the youth to hunt and/or trap while supervised by an adult who is 21 years of age and has a valid Illinois hunting license.

If the youth has a valid certification of competency from a hunter safety or trapper safety course approved by the Department, he or she is exempt from the supervision requirements for the youth license for that activity.

Name

Fee
Available Online

Title

Residency

Available thru Vendors

Youth Hunting -18 & under no hunter safety required expires 3/31.$7.00Online107BothVendor List

Stamps

Name
Fee
Available Online
Available thru Vendors
Available thru Phone

Title

Electronic State Habitat Stamp$5.50OnlineVendor List1-866-716-6550970
Electronic State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp$15.50OnlineVendor List1-866-716-6550600
Federal Migratory Waterfowl Stamp (may be purchased at US Post Offices or selected DNR offices)$25.50

1-866-716-6550900
Inland Trout Stamp$6.50OnlineVendor List1-866-716-6550750
Lake Michigan Salmon Stamp$6.50OnlineVendor List1-866-716-6550700
Resident Super Senior Habitat Stamp$0.50OnlineVendor List
971
Resident Super Senior Inland Trout Stamp$0.50OnlineVendor List
751
Resident Super Senior Lake Michigan Salmon Stamp$0.50OnlineVendor List
701