Illinois waterfowl hunting season is within range
Waterfowl hunting season is within sight in Illinois, with an opening day of Sept. 1 for a 15-day statewide Canada goose season, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), which recently posted the latest information on duck, Canada goose, snow goose, white-fronted goose and teal seasons.
September will also feature a statewide teal season on Sept. 9-24.
Regular season hours begin a half hour before sunrise and end at sunset, though September teal season hours will begin at sunrise.
The seasons are broken down by the state’s four waterfowl hunting zones: North, Central, South Central and South. The upcoming seasons include 60 days for duck hunting in each zone and 107 total days of Canada goose hunting in the North and Central zones, 99 days in the South Central Zone and 87 days in the South Zone. Each zone will also have a two-day youth hunt for duck and goose. Start dates for the duck, Canada goose, snow goose and white-fronted goose seasons range from mid-October to late November, varying by zone.
Hopeful hunters need to apply for Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area permits. The IDNR is accepting applications for the first lottery through Aug. 31, the second lottery on Sept. 1-14 and the third lottery on Sept. 15-28. The remaining permits will be available online beginning on Oct. 1.
The IDNR has a full breakdown of the season dates and bag and possession limits available on its website.