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Hunting in Illinois: 3 Animals to Hunt Legally in the Spring

By    |   Sunday, 24 May 2015 04:46 AM

When it comes to hunting in Illinois the state is a hunter's paradise for deer, turkey, waterfowl, coyotes, and other furbearing creatures. However, not every animal can be legally hunted in every season, and during spring many animals, including the trophy bucks Illinois is known, for are off limits.

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Some animals are not off-limits in the spring, however, including the state's other most popular animal to hunt – the turkey. Here is some information on three animals that can be hunted between March and June in Illinois, provided you have the proper hunting permits and tags. Additionally, note that before you can hunt in Illinois, you must pass a hunter safety education class. Finally, Illinois is split into different hunting zones, so you must have the permit and dates right for the location you plan to hunt in. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website will point you in the right direction.

1. Turkey

Spring is a turkey-hunting time in Illinois and there is even a hunting session open only to children. Spring youth turkey season takes place on the weekend nine days prior to the opening of the spring main turkey-hunting season, which begins on the first Monday in April and runs for 32 days in the south zone of the state. In the north zone of Illinois, the season begins and ends one week later. Check the Illinois DNR website for specifics as it can be a bit confusing.

2. Coyotes

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Coyotes are considered a nuisance species in Illinois and can be hunted up to 24 hours per day up until March 31 in spring. After March 31, hunting is restricted to the hours of sunrise and sunset. Dogs are allowed to participate when hunting coyotes, but note it is illegal to allow your dog to hunt on private land without first asking permission from the landowner. Should you be caught, the landowner has the right to call animal control and your dog could be confiscated for being "at large." When it doubt, ask permission.

3. Striped Skunks

Skunk can also be hunted in spring. Up until March 15, they can be hunted 24 hours a day with or without dogs, although the same rules apply for private property for skunk hunting as they do for coyote hunting. After March 15, the nocturnal creature can only be hunted a half hour before and a half hour after sunset. Handguns can be used to hunt skunk and there is no bag limit on the number of skunks a hunter can take.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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