DNR Releases Deer Season Dates

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced deer seasons will begin Oct. 1 this year for archers and Nov. 16 for regular firearms.

The DNR also announced that muzzleloader firearms season will start Dec. 7 and the annual late-winter season for antlerless deer will run in two sessions that start Dec. 27 and Jan. 18.

The agency also said 10 counties that in the past have been open for the late-winter deer season this year will be closed. They are Cass, Christian, Henry, Johnson, Lawrence, Mason, Morgan, Tazewell, Union and Wabash counties