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I am somewhat new to bowhunting and have read the IDNR hunting and trapping regulations over and over to try and get a clear answer on this. Can you bow hunt during the 2 main firearm seasons in Illinois? The regulations digest is very confusing. In certain spots it seems that it is only legal in a few counties however in other sections it states it is legal if hunting on private land but must use a firearm tag. If anyone has a better understanding on this I would love to hear from you. I am located in southern Illinois and hunt private land mainly.

Question By Derrek SchwartzSeptember 3, 2020

It can be confusing, but you’ve got the right idea.  You can bowhunt during the Illinois firearms season, but you must have a firearms tag and must be on private land.  Your archery tags are not valid during the primary firearms seasons.  You also much wear orange and abide by all of the rules of the firearms season. ~Justin

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