DNR announced Tuesday that hunters who participate in the Youth Deer Season this fall will be allowed to use unfilled permits during the first weekend of the regular firearms season.
The new regulation was part of a proposal floated by DNR Director Wayne Rosenthal this spring.
“We want youth hunters to enjoy the excitement of deer season, and give them ample opportunity to bag a deer,” Rosenthal said while making the rule change public. “This suggestion came from hunters, and it is a great idea.”
Rosenthal added that DNR is also proposing to amend regulation on sales of non-resident single antlerless-only over-the-counter archery deer permits beginning in 2016. Non-resident single antlerless-only archery permits will be unavailable this fall, although an antlerless-only permit will still be available as part of the combination archery permit.
A recent DNR online survey on an archery deer bag limit showed that hunters in the state supported such a move, but DNR is not ready to make the change, which would require an administrative rule change. Rosenthal said more detailed questions on the bag limit idea will be included in the statewide DNR Deer Hunter Harvest Survey in early 2016.
“Our goals for managing the deer herd in Illinois are simple,” Rosenthal said. “We want to provide hunters with opportunities to enjoy our hunting heritage and chances to harvest deer during the fall, while also promoting healthy deer and deer habitat, protecting landowner rights and enhancing public safety.”
Read more about the deer season changes and potential future changes in the July 24 issue of Illinois Outdoor News.