Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Many hunters need to plan vacations and hunting trips in advance
of the annual distribution of the Digest of Hunting and Trapping Reg-ulations.
For such planning purposes, we are providing the general
rules of thumb used for setting annual season dates. Although there
are no guarantees that these season dates will be used in future years,
this is the best information available for those who must make plans
well in advance of announcements of official season dates.
Rabbit – North – First Saturday in November through Jan. 8.
South – First Saturday in November through Jan. 22.
Pheasant,Quail and Partridge –
North – First Saturday in November through Jan. 8.
South – First Saturday in November through Jan. 15.
Squirrel – Aug. 1 - Feb. 15, except closed during firearm deer
Woodchuck – June 1 - March 31, except closed during firearm deer
Archery – Oct. 1 through the first Sunday after Jan. 13
(closed during firearm deer season except in Cook,
DuPage, Kane [that portion east of Hwy. 47] and Lake
Firearm – The Friday, Saturday & Sunday immediately
before Thanksgiving and the first four-day weekend
(Thursday – Sunday) after Thanksgiving.
Youth Firearm Deer Season – The weekend preceding the
observance of Columbus Day.
Muzzleloader – The third three-day weekend (Friday, Sat-urday
and Sunday) following Thanksgiving. Hunting also
allowed during the second firearm deer season.
Late Winter Antlerless Deer and Special CWD Deer –
The first Thursday-Sunday after Dec. 25; and the first
Friday-Sunday after Jan. 11.
Youth Turkey – the weekend 9 days prior to the opening
of each zone’s first season.
South Zone: begins on the first Monday in April after April
2 and ends 32 days later. Lengths for each season (in
days) are 5, 6, 6, 7 and 8, respectively.
North Zone: same as South Zone except one week later.
Fall Gun – the nine days beginning on Saturday of the
second complete three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday,
& Sunday) after Oct. 11.
Fall Archery – Oct. 1 through the first Sunday after Jan. 13
(closed during firearm deer seasons).
Early Canada Goose – Sept. 1-15
Teal – 9 or 16 days, opens on 1st or 2nd Saturday in Sept.
Rail – Opens with teal season and runs for 70 days.
Snipe – Opens with teal season and runs for 107 days.
Woodcock – The 45 days beginning on the third Saturday in October.
Furbearer Hunting and Trapping: Season dates listed for the 2011-2012
season will be used as guidelines.
Crow – Oct 28 - Feb. 28.
Dove – Split season opens September 1 – late October;
reopens with upland game season for about 9-16 days,
depending on gun deer season dates.
Waterfowl Hunting Zones
NOTE: Waterfowl Zones may change in 2011. Check the DNR
website at www.dnr.illinois.gov for updates.
North Zone – That portion of the state north of
a line extending west from the Indiana
border along Peotone-Beecher Road to
Illinois Route 50, south along Illinois Route 50
to Wilmington-Peotone Road, west along
Wilmington-Peotone Road to Illinois Route
53, north along Illinois Route 53 to New
River Road, northwest along New River
Road to Interstate Highway 55, south along
I-55 to Pine Bluff-Lorenzo Road, west along
Pine Bluff - Lorenzo Road to Illinois Route 47,
north along Illinois Route 47 to I-80, west along
I-80 to I-39, south along I-39 to Illinois Route 18,
west along Illinois Route 18 to Illinois Route 29,
south along Illinois Route 29 to Illinois Route 17,
west along Illinois Route 17 to the Mississippi River, and
due south across the Mississippi River to the Iowa border.
Central Zone – That portion of the state south of the
North Zone to a line extending west from the Indiana border along In-terstate
Highway 70 to Illinois Route 4, south along Illinois Route 4 to
Illinois Route 161, west along Illinois Route 161 to Illinois Route 158,
south and west along Illinois Route 158 to Illinois Route 159, south
along Illinois Route 159 to Illinois Route 156, west along Illinois Route
156 to A Road, north and west on A Road to Levee Road, north on
Levee Road to the south shore of New Fountain Creek, west along
the south shore of New Fountain Creek to the Mississippi River, and
due west across the Mississippi River to the Missouri border.
South Zone – The remainder of Illinois.
Note: Northeast Canada goose zone has been eliminated.
Upland Game,Furbearers &Turkey Zones
Cock Pheasant, Quail, Hungarian
Partridge, Rabbit: Divided by
U.S. Route 36 from the Indiana
state line to Springfield, Illinois
Route 29 from Springfield to
Pekin, and Illinois Route 9 from
Pekin to Dallas City, then due
west to the Mississippi River.
hunting (Raccoon, Opossum) and
trapping: Divided by U.S. Route 36.
North Zone includes that portion
of Illinois north of Crawford,
Jasper, Effingham, Fayette, Bond
and Madison counties. South
Zone includes the remainder of
Season Dates – Rules of Thumb
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