Resident Illinois deer hunters can apply through April 30 for the first lottery drawings for 2016 Illinois Firearm and Muzzleloader-only Deer Season permits.
Hunters can apply online through the IDNR website http://www.dnr.illinois.gov Appli.cation forms in PDF format are also available online at this link: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/ApplyForDeerOrTurkeyPermit.aspx
The first lottery drawings for firearm and muzzleloader-only deer permits are for Illinois residents only.
Resident hunters can apply in both the firearm and muzzleloader-only lotteries.
The 2016 Illinois firearm deer seasons are Nov. 18-20 (first season) and Dec. 1-4 (second season).
The 2016 muzzleloader-only permits may be used Dec. 9-11 (and in the second firearm season, Dec. 1-4).