SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- Firearm deer hunting season begins on November 16 and continues through November 18.
The seven day hunt will conclude November 29 through December 2.
"Illinois has a great hunting tradition and the firearm deer season is a special time for hundreds of thousands of hunters in our state," said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director (IDNR) Marc Miller in a press release. "I want to reming hunters to be safe while enjoying the firearm deer hunt and all outdoor activity in Illinois."
According to the IDNR, hunters killed over 98,000 deer in 2011 during firearm season. So far this season, approximately 334,000 permits have been issued.
The legal hunting hours are a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset.
Hunters successful in taking a deer must register the deer through the IDNR webste or by calling 1-866-IL-CHECK. Hunters must register the deer by 10 p.m. on the day they take the deer.