Illinois DNR adds archery deer hunting sites

Category: hunting

 Jul 2nd, 2019 by Keith Worrall  558

Modified Jul 2nd, 2019 at 6:46 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced applications are being accepted for archery deer hunting on private land this October through the Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP). The application deadline for IRAP archery deer hunting opportunities is Aug. 23.

IRAP has more than 20,600 acres of private land leased for public access. At least 200 sites are available to the public for archery deer hunting for the month of October through IRAP in 30 counties, including Adams, Bureau, Calhoun, Christian, Clay, Coles, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Jasper, Jersey, Johnson, Lee, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, McDonough, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Pope, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, St. Clair, Wayne, Whiteside, and Williamson.

To participate, hunters must submit an application by Aug. 23 to be eligible for the IRAP archery deer drawing. Applicants must have passed a hunter safety course (if born in 1980 or after), have a valid hunting license, and choose whether they prefer to hunt October 1-15 or October 16-31. IRAP is open to both resident and non-resident hunters. Youth hunters are encouraged to apply and are given preference in the lottery when sites are assigned.

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