New DNR Director Wayne Rosenthal then noted that he was ready to take action on some proposed changes that have been discussed for the past few years.
"After listening to constituent groups, and talking with our Office of Law Enforcement, I have decided to push to make these changes this year, and not wait for another hunting season to pass," Rosenthal said. "To do that, we encourage input and patience as we work through the administrative rules process."
Rosenthal asks hunters to take a survey on overall bag limits for archery deer hunters. A link to that survey can be found below.
According to DNR, the proposed deer season changes include:
1. Youth Deer Season permit: DNR is amending the rule to allow unsuccessful
youth deer season hunters to use unfilled permits during the first weekend
of the regular firearm season.
2. Bag limit: As mentioned, DNR is surveying hunters to gather their
opinion on establishing a bag limit on archery deer hunters. This survey
is open to all deer hunters.
3. Non-resident OTC: DNR intends to eliminate the sale of non-resident
over-the-counter antlerless-only archery deer permits. Non-residents need
to be aware of the intent to make this change and plan accordingly for the
You can find the hunter survey on bag limits here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KMJMQVG. The survey is open now, and will close on June 9.
All changes must proceed through the Administrative Rules process which requires a 45-day public comment period, revision, and review by the Illinois General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. If changes are approved, they will be in place prior to the opening of archery deer hunting season on Oct. 1.