Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law House
Bill 2893, which amended the Illinois Wildlife Code to repeal
restrictions on the use of crossbows during archery hunting
seasons in Illinois.
Illinois law previously allowed the use of crossbows for archery
hunting by persons age 62 or older, and those persons with
disabilities who qualified for a crossbow permit issued by the
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). In addition,
the previous law allowed certain youth hunters to use crossbows,
and allowed all archery hunters to use crossbows beginning the
Monday after the second firearm deer season.
The 2017-18 season dates for archery deer and fall turkey
archery hunting in Illinois are Oct. 1, 2017 through Jan. 14,
2018. Archery seasons will be closed Nov. 17-19 and Nov. 30-Dec.
3 during the Firearm Deer Season in those counties open to
firearm deer hunting.
[Illinois Department of Natural