What Are Some Hunting Regulations in Illinois?


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Hunters in Illinois are required to purchase hunting licenses, species-specific permits and, in most cases, state habitat stamps, as of 2015, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. People hunting with guns must also obtain Firearm Owner Identification Cards from the Illinois State Police.

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Illinois allows residents and nonresidents to hunt, and offers an apprentice license for first-time hunters and youth licenses for those ages 16 years and younger, notes the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. People need site-specific permits to hunt in public hunting areas, and may hunt on private land with the permission of landowners. Hunters can hunt for deer, turkey, upland/small game species and several types of birds, and may also trap for fur-bearing animals. Illinois has specific hunting seasons for most species.

People hunting deer with firearms in Illinois must wear orange caps or hats and upper outer garments that have at lease 400 square inches of solid blaze orange material, states the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. During gun season, archery deer and turkey hunters must comply with the same blaze orange requirements as firearm deer hunters. People born after Jan. 1, 1980, must take a hunter safety course that includes material on safety, ethics and hunting skills before they can legally hunt in Illinois.

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