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Illinois

Hunting

Turkey Hunting Seasons

FALL TURKEY PROGRAM

FALL TURKEY SHOTGUN INFORMATION

Season Dates: Oct. 23 – Oct. 31, 2021

Hunting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise until sunset during each day of the season. It is illegal for any person to shoot a wild turkey while it is in a tree before 7 a.m.

Hunting Devices: Shotgun (20 gauge to 10 gauge only, no 410 or 28 gauge allowed). Overall minimum length is 26 inches and the minimum barrel length is 18 inches. #4 shot is the largest size shot that may be legally used.

Hunting Area: Only the county, counties, or special hunt area designated on your permit.

Clothing: No special clothing is required.

FIREARM OWNERS I.D. CARD (Issued by Illinois State Police):

Regardless of who owns the gun, anyone who has a firearm or firearm ammunition in their possession must have in their possession a valid Firearm Owners’ I.D. (FOID) Card unless he or she is:

a) a licensed out-of-state sportsman hunting in Illinois, or

b) under the age of 21 and under the immediate control of a parent, guardian, or responsible adult who has in their possession a valid FOID Card.

FALL TURKEY ARCHERY INFORMATION

Season Dates: October 1, 2021 through January 16, 2022 EXCEPT closed during the 1st and 2nd Firearm Deer Hunting Seasons.

Hunting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Hunting Area: All counties are open to the Fall Archery Turkey Season.

Clothing: No special clothing required, except during the Muzzle- loader-Only, Youth Firearm, Late-Winter and CWD deer seasons and on those DNR sites that allow archery turkey hunting during the 1st and 2nd Firearm Seasons. Under the above circumstances any person attempting to take or taking a turkey by use of a bow and arrow shall wear, when in the field, a cap and upper outer gar- ment of solid blaze orange or solid blaze pink color displaying a minimum of 400 square inches of blaze orange or blaze pink material.

Spring Turkey Program

2021 SPRING TURKEY HUNTING ZONES AND SEASON DATES

2021 SOUTH ZONE SEASON DATES & COUNTIES

Season

Beginning Date Ending Date

1st Season

April 5

April 9

2nd Season

April 10

April 15

3rd Season

April 16

April 21

4th Season

April 22

April 28

5th Season

April 29

May 6

Open South Zone Counties

Alexander, Bond, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin-Hardin, Hamilton, Jackson, Jasper, Jeffer- son, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson

2021 NORTH ZONE SEASON DATES & COUNTIES

Season

Beginning Date

Ending Date

1st Season

April 12

April 16

2nd Season

April 17

April 22

3rd Season

April 23

April 28

4th Season

April 29

May 5

5th Season

May 6

May 13

Open North Zone Counties

Adams, Boone, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cham- paign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeKalb, DeWitt, Doug- las, Edgar, Ford, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jersey, JoDaviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Marshall-Putnam, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Menard, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Ogle, Peoria, Piatt, Pike, Rock Island, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermilion, Warren, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago, and Woodford