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First lottery complete for Illinois resident deer hunters

The mailed applications went out late for the first lottery for Illinois deer hunters, but it looks like the IDNR is getting back on track.

On Tuesday, forest wildlife program manager Paul Shelton e-mailed, “Both the muzzleloader season and the firearm season lotteries have been completed.”

Bucks like these are why deer hunting is the big cash cow for Illinois.

On Tuesday, I was unable to check the online inquiry system, but by Wednesday morning I could. Check the online inquiry system at

Thank God, I managed to draw my first choice again.

The list of counties and sites available after the first draw are listed at

The second lottery deadline is Aug. 14.