How to Get an Illinois Deer Tag
Pike County Illinois is the #1 County in the Nation for the number of bucks recorded in all records books. Now that you know that, how do you get an Illinois deer tag if you’re a non resident.
Well no matter what anyone tells you it is very easy to get an Illinois deer tag. In fact I have been an outfitter for 13 years and have never had a hunter NOT get an Illinois deer tag. While DNR requires no person guarantee you get a tag the truth is everyone gets a tag as long as they try.
Illinois Archery Tags for Nonresidents are purchased over the phone and are not “County Specific. On June 1st you simply call in and purchase your tag. In the event you would forget to do this normally there are tags left over for sale at the end of the summer. However my advise is to get them in June or run the risk of failure. Take your deer tag obtainment serious and do this in June by telephone as seen below. You may also obtain the tag online at the links shared below.
Non-Resident Illinois Archery Deer Hunting Permits
•Land Owner (Property Only Hunting) Archery Deer Permit Application (print and mail)
•Non-Resident Combo Archery Lottery On-Line application (June 1-30)
•Antlerless-Only Permits - available August 1
•Remaining Combo Archery Permits - Beginning Aug. 1, the remaining non-resident 2012 Illinois combination archery deer permits and non-resident antlerless-only archery deer permits will be available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors, by phone at 1-888-673-7648 (1-888-6PERMIT), or online at Illinois DNR License Sales Site through Aug. 31 (OTC only after Aug. 31).
•Archery Deer Hunting Information Sheet (PDF)
YOU MAY OBTAIN THE ARCHERY TAG ON LINE AT https://www2.il.wildlifelicense.com/license.php?action=custlkup&app=dt
How to get your Illinois Nonresident Gun tag
To obtain a gun tag one must apply online at the link below or obtain a application and fill it out and mail in it as seen below. Remember if you want a great hunt contact IMB Outfitters seen at www.imbmonsterbucks.com The best Illinois deer outfitter in the State.
State of Illinois
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
2012 NON-RESIDENT FIREARM DEER PERMIT APPLICATION
YOU CANNOT USE THIS APPLICATION TO APPLY FOR A MUZZLELOADER-ONLY PERMIT.
HERE IS WHERE TO APPLY FOR YOUR GUN TAG ONLINE
YOU MAY ALSO APPLY FOR THE ILLINOIS NON RESIDENT GUN TAG VIA US MAIL WITH THIS APPLICATION
The form for obtaining the non resident gun tag appears as follows
Applications received prior to a start date will be processed with mail received on that start
date. If your application is received after the deadline, you will be entered automatically into
the next application period.
SECOND LOTTERY – Non-residents may apply for permits where the quota has not been filled
during Illinois’ second lottery drawing. Applications must be received by June 30. Illinois
residents will be given preference for permits allocated in the Second Lottery Drawing. A list
of unfilled quotas will be announced approximately early June.
RANDOM DAILY DRAWINGS – Anyone may apply for any number of remaining permits issued
from the first random daily drawing from applications received prior to and including August 14.
Random daily drawings will be held up to September 10. A random daily drawing means all
applications from one day are randomly processed before applications from the next day are
OVER THE COUNTER PERMIT SALES – Permits remaining after the Random Daily Drawings
will be available over-the-counter from license vendors beginning October 16 on a first-come,
first-served basis. Permits will be sold until quotas are exhausted or until the close of the
firearm deer season, whichever occurs first. Persons may purchase one or more permits
during this period, subject to availability.
Non-residents that apply for non-resident “property only hunting” firearm deer permits may
apply in the second muzzleloader-only lottery. Non-residents ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for non-resident
“property only hunting” permits after applying for/receiving non-resident firearm permits.
You must use a 2012 Department of Natural Resources NON-RESIDENT Firearm Deer
Applications will be rejected, fees forfeited and permits revoked if you receive or attempt
to receive more than one Either-Sex and/or one bonus Antlerless-Only (Firearm) permit(s)
before August 14. You CAN apply in both of the firearm and muzzleloader-only lotteries.
NO permit transfers are allowed and no refunds will be made unless your county, hunt area
or permit type is not available.
The permit office is not open on weekends. Please call 217-782-7305 if you have a question
or need an application. Department of Natural Resources information is available to the hearing
impaired by calling DNR’s TTY: 217-782-9175.
November 16, 17 & 18 (first season) and November 29, 30 and December 1, 2 (second season).
SPECIAL HUNT AREAS
Special hunts held on federal or state lands are regulated by the agency which manages the
property. Some of these areas are included on the unfilled quota permit list. If you wish to apply
for a permit to hunt one of these areas, enter the abbreviated name of the area on your application.
Special Hunt area permits are not valid anywhere else in the county. County permits are not valid
for the Special Hunt areas listed on the unfilled quota permit list.
Legal Firearms: You may use either a shotgun, muzzleloader or a handgun with a
firearm permit. Shotguns must be not larger than 10 nor smaller than 20 gauge (a rifled
barrel is legal), not capable of firing more than three consecutive slugs (buckshot or
birdshot is illegal). Minimum barrel length is 18 inches. Handguns are not legal for
A muzzleloading firearm is defined as a firearm that is incapable of being loaded from
the breech end.
Muzzleloaders: a single or double barreled muzzleloading firearm of at least .45 caliber
shooting a single projectile through a barrel of at least sixteen inches in length; must be
percussion cap (a shotgun primer is a legal percussion cap), wheellock, matchlock or
flint type ignitions only, except the Connecticut Valley Arms (CVA) electronic ignition
shall be legal to use and only use black powder or a “black powder substitute” such as
Pyrodex. Modern smokeless powders (nitrocellulose-based) are an approved blackpowder
substitute only in muzzleloading firearms that are specifically designed for their use.
Handguns: The only legal handguns are centerfire revolvers or centerfire single-shot
handguns of .30 caliber or larger with a minimum barrel length of 4 inches. It shall be
unlawful to take or attempt to take white-tailed deer by the use of semi-automatic handguns,
muzzleloading handguns, or handguns altered to allow for shoulder firing.
The only legal ammunition for a centerfire handgun is (1) a bottleneck centerfire cartridge
of .30 caliber or larger with a case length not exceeding 1.4 inches, or (2) a straightwalled
centerfire cartridge of .30 caliber or larger, with no minimum case length; both of which
must be available with the published ballistic tables of the manufacturer showing a capability
of at least 500 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle.
Non-expanding military-style full metal jacket bullets cannot be used to harvest whitetailed
deer; only soft point or expanding bullets (including copper/copper alloy rounds
designed for hunting) are legal ammunition.
Either-Sex: $300; Special Hunt Area Antlerless-Only: $300; Bonus & random daily drawing
Antlerless-Only: $25. Each person, regardless of age, must enclose the appropriate fee
payable to the Department of Natural Resources when applying for a permit. DO NOT SEND
CASH. If your application is unsuccessful, you will be issued a refund check in approximately
6 weeks. Permits will be mailed as soon as possible.
Incomplete or incorrect applications will be RETURNED.
You must check ONE BOX ONLY to indicate which application period you are applying
for. If your application is received after the deadline, you will be entered automatically
into the next application period.
PERMIT TYPE(S) You must check one box only.
The Department always issues all full season permits first. When all full season permits
have been issued, you will receive a refund UNLESS you check box 3 (second season
option). If all second season permits have been issued, you will receive a refund.
If you check Box A, you will be processed for one Either-Sex permit.
If you check Box B, you will be processed for one Either-Sex permit and if successful,
will then be processed in an additional drawing for one Bonus Antlerless-Only permit
Box C – These Antlerless-Only permits are issued only in random daily drawings and
are available regardless of whether applicants already possess an either-sex permit.
These counties do not have any Antlerless-Only permits available: Ford, Kankakee,
Kendall and Pope.
SECOND SEASON OPTION – Check this box if you will accept a Second-Season Only
permit if there are no remaining Full-Season permits.This box must be checked if you
are applying for a second-season permit.
Enter your first choice of a county or special hunt area from the unfilled quota
Enter your second choice of a county or special hunt area (OPTIONAL).
Your social security number or DNR Direct customer number.
Your name and complete address.
Your date of birth (month, day, year)
The application must be signed by the individual whose name is on the application.
PLEASE GIVE US A PHONE NUMBER where you may be reached on weekdays.
This section to be completed ONLY by those applicants who intend to hunt as a group and
ONLY in the second Lottery. The Group Hunt procedure is not available after June 30. Up to
six individuals may apply to hunt as a group. All individuals in the group must preselect a
group leader and each application for the group must have sections 1, 3, 4, 5 and 10 filled
out identically, indicating the same lottery, second season option, county or special hunt
area choice, and same group leader’s name and date of birth. Since Illinois residents are
given preference for permits allocated in the Second Lottery Drawing, groups containing both
resident and non-resident applicants will be treated as non-residents.