Youth Deer Hunt expanded by one day this year
A new law extends this year's Youth Firearm Deer Hunt from a two-day to a three-day season. The season adds a Monday to the traditional weekend season. This year's Youth Hunt will be Oct. 12-14. The Columbus Day holiday of Oct. 14 will allow youth hunters to participate on a day off from school.
To participate, hunters must have a valid Youth Deer Permit and must be under 16 by the first day of the hunt. Youth Deer Permits are available over-the-counter at license vendors throughout the state. Hunters may purchase only one permit (either-sex) for one of the open counties.
DNR restrictions that apply: Hunters using an Apprentice Hunter License must be accompanied by a non-hunting, validly-licensed (Illinois hunting license) parent, guardian or grandparent. All other hunters participating in the Youth Deer Hunt must each be accompanied by a non-hunting supervisor (parent, guardian or responsible adult) who has a valid Illinois hunting license or who has in his or her possession a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card.
The non-hunting supervisor must wear the orange garments required of gun deer hunters (blaze orange cap and upper garment with a minimum of 400 square inches of solid blaze orange material), and must remain with the hunting youth. Each supervisor may only accompany a single youth at any given time during the hunt.