The allocation of nonresident archery and firearm deer permits continues to evolve as more hunters apply to hunt whitetail deer in Illinois. Heartland Outfitters does everything possible to assist our clients in obtaining permits.
Several ago, the number of out of state archery permits available was capped at 12,500 and hunters were required to call the Bass Pro Shop in Springfield, Missouri, to apply for a permit. Beginning with the 2008 season, the Illinois DNR raised the out of state quota to 25,000 and the price of these permits has increased as well. Bass Pro Shops will no longer be involved in processing archery deer permits.
Heartland Outfitters will send each of you an archery or firearm permit application, which must be returned to us two weeks in advance of the DNR deadline. We will hand deliver your application to the DNR here in Springfield. We have always assisted our hunters in obtaining permits and have never had a problem. Hopefully, this year will not be any different if we receive everyone’s permit applications on time.
Heartland Outfitters will also assist hunters in obtaining a wild turkey permit. Illinois has five seasons within a one month period from mid April to mid May. Hunters must specify the season and the county desired along with other personal information on the permit application. Permits are allocated on a first come, first serve basis, and must be submitted in December of the prior year. We will assist all hunters in obtaining permit applications and will submit them to the DNR.
Licensing Information at Illinois Department of Natural Resources>>