Today's Hunter in Illinois

Today's Hunter in Illinois


Today's Hunter in Illinois: A Guide to Hunting Responsibly and Safely is a student manual developed for hunting students in Illinois, approved by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. This manual introduces you to U.S. hunting regulations and provides general information about firearm equipment, basic shooting and hunting skills, ethics and safety, survival skills, and wildlife identification.

If you’re seeking trophy whitetail deer or wild turkeys, you’ll find them in Illinois. The state also features excellent migratory waterfowl hunting and predator hunting such as foxes and coyote. From the forests of the Shawnee to the Mississippi River, Illinois is a great state for hunters.

With this handbook, you can ensure you are well-prepared to make every hunting trip a safe one. Hunting safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Topics include:

  • Using the Correct Ammunition
  • Good Marksmanship and Accuracy
  • Hunting Strategies
  • Primitive Hunting Equipment and Techniques
  • Safely Carrying Firearms in the Field
  • Hunter Ethics
  • Preparation and Survival Skills
  • Wildlife Identification
  • And much more…

Hunter Education

Make your learning about hunting safety fun and easy by taking an online hunter education course at Hunter Ed works with IHEA-USA, more than 35 state agencies, and industry partners to develop approved and recognized online hunter safety courses. With a safety course, hunters of all ages can become more successful and ethical hunters.

Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1979, who buys a hunting license in Illinois needs to pass an Illinois Hunter Safety course. Become a safer hunter today!