Beginning this year, the new rule regarding archery hunting during firearm season takes effect. The following was provided by IL DNR Conservation Police :
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources would like to remind hunters of a new rule change. Archery devices legal for the first half of the archery deer season are now a legal device to be used during the firearm deer season if hunting private property. Furthermore:
- Crossbows may only be used by those with a valid crossbow permit or by persons age 62 and older.
- Hunters must be in possession of a valid firearm permit. Archery permits are not valid during the firearm deer season.
- Archery devices may only be used by hunters legally hunting private property, and does not extend to IDNR hunting areas
- An archery device may not be used to fill a firearm permit during the late-Winter Antlerless deer season
It’s pretty cut and dried, but it has generated a firestorm of confusion among many hunters. In a nutshell, those who are in possession of a valid firearm tag may use a legal archery device to fill that tag during firearm season if hunting private land.
As always if unsure about a regulation it’s always best to contact your local Conservation Police Officer for clarification.