Hunters may apply online through Nov. 25 for site-specific permits for designated Illinois DNR Special Hunt Areas for the Late-Winter and CWD Deer Hunts.
The online application system will be available through the IDNR website. A list of Special Hunt Areas:
CWD Special Hunt Area Sites
Apple River Canyon State Park (SP) – Thompson/Salem Units SP in Jo Daviess County
Castle Rock SP in Ogle Co.
Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area (SNA)/Heidecke State Fish and Wildlife Area (SFWA)/Morris Wetland in Grundy Co. – Check-in by 5 a.m.*
Hanover Bluff SNA in Jo Daviess Co.
Lowden-Miller State Forest in Ogle Co.
Kishwaukee River SNA in DeKalb Co.
Rall Woods (Falling Down Prairie) SNA in Jo Daviess Co.
Starved Rock SP – includes Starved Rock SP, Mathiessen SP, Margery C. Carlson SNA,
Mitchell’s Grove SNA and Sandy Ford SNA in LaSalle Co.
Tapley Woods SNA in Jo Daviess Co.
Wards Grove Nature Preserve in Jo Daviess Co.
White Pines SP in Ogle Co. – Check-in by 5 a.m.*
Winston Tunnel SNA in Jo Daviess Co.
Late-Winter Special Hunt Area Sites
Franklin Creek SNA in Lee Co. – Check-in by 5 a.m.*
Jubilee College SP (January 17-19 Only) in Peoria Co.
Sahara Woods in Saline Co.
Sam Dale Lake in Wayne Co.
Siloam Springs SP in Adams/Brown Co.
* Permit hunters at these sites must sign in at the site check station by 5 a.m.; standby hunting available afterward, as space allows.
Permits for these sites are limited and will only be available through the online application through Nov. 25 (paper applications are not available). Hunters may submit only one online Special Hunt Area application. Unfilled 2013 site-specific firearm, muzzleloader or youth permits for these sites are not valid during the Late-Winter Firearm and CWD Deer season (except at sites where standby hunting is available).
Late-Winter and CWD Deer season dates are Dec. 26-29, 2013 and Jan. 17-19, 2014. For a Late-Winter and CWD deer hunting information sheet, with details on sites open to deer hunting with county permits during Late-Winter and CWD seasons, check the IDNR website at this link.
The online application system will be available through the IDNR website.