The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications from youth shotgun and youth and adult archery hunters for fall 2022 deer hunting on private land through the Illinois Recreational Access Program or IRAP. The IDNR has leased more than 16,400 acres of private land for the deer season this fall creating 380 public hunting sites in 42 counties. There will be sites available during the youth shotgun period and for archery deer hunting for October and the last part of December.
IRAP deer hunting applications are only accepted online and must be submitted by August 10th at 5 PM. There is no cost associated with this program. Hunters may submit up to three IRAP deer hunting applications per year which means one for each IRAP deer hunting period including youth shotgun, second, and third IRAP periods. You can find applications by visiting https://bit.ly/IRAPyouthshotgun. You can also visit https://bit.ly/IRAParchery.
Youth shotgun is from October 8th through the 10th, youth and adult archery is from October 1st through the 15th, October 16th through the 31st, and December 16th through the 31st. There will be a lottery when more applications are received than there are sites available. To participate, youth hunters must not have reached their 18th birthday by the first day of the hunting period, and they must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years old.
Adult archery deer hunters must be at least 18 by the start of the period which they’re applying for. All adult hunters born in 1980 or later, must have completed an IDNR-approved hunter education course and have an Illinois hunting license, and a valid IDNR archery deer hunting permit for the county in which they’re applying for. You will find out by mail about three weeks prior to their period if they’re approved. Then they will receive a map, driving directions, and a site permit.
For more information, visit https://bit.ly/IDNR_irap or email email@example.com.