Licences & Permits

For information on licences, permits, and regulations visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.


Licences and Permits

The information below is taken directly from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:

  • Anyone wishing to hunt in Illinois is required to purchase a hunting license. Most licences and permits can be purchased online.
  • Anyone born after January 1, 1980, will need to have a copy of the Hunter Safety Education Certificate available while hunting.
  • Waterfowl hunters will also need both the electronic state waterfowl stamp (license ID #600) and the federal waterfowl stamp-license ID #900 (federal waterfowl stamps may be purchased at US Post Offices or selected DNR offices).
  • In addition to the license and stamps, species-specific permits are also needed.
  • Hunters wishing to use firearms need to obtain a Firearm Owner Identification Card (FOID) from the Illinois State Police.