(520 ILCS 5/2.11)
(from Ch. 61, par. 2.11)
Before any person may lawfully hunt wild turkey, he shall first
obtain a "Wild Turkey Hunting Permit" in accordance with the prescribed
regulations set forth in an administrative rule of the Department. The
fee for a Resident Wild Turkey Hunting Permit shall not exceed $15.
Upon submitting suitable evidence of legal residence in any other state,
non-residents shall be charged a fee not to exceed $125 for wild
The Department may by administrative rule allocate and issue non-resident
Wild Turkey Permits and establish fees for such permits.
It shall be unlawful to take wild turkey except by use of a bow and arrow
or a shotgun of not larger than 10 nor smaller than 20 gauge with shot
size not larger than No. 4, and no person while attempting to so take
wild turkey may have in his possession any other gun unless in accordance with the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
It shall be unlawful to take, or attempt to take wild turkey except
during the time from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset or during
such lesser period of time as may be specified by administrative rule,
during those days for which an open season is established.
It shall be unlawful for any person to take, or attempt to take, wild
turkey by use of dogs, horses, automobiles, aircraft or other vehicles,
or conveyances, or by the use or aid of bait or baiting of any kind. For the purposes of this Section, "bait" means any material, whether liquid or solid, including food, salt, minerals, and other products, except pure water, that can be ingested, placed, or scattered in such a manner as to attract or lure wild turkeys. "Baiting" means the placement or scattering of bait to attract wild turkeys. An area is considered as baited during the presence of and for 10 consecutive days following the removal of the bait.
It is unlawful for any person to take in Illinois or have in his possession
more than one wild turkey per valid permit.
For the purposes of calculating acreage under this Section, the Department shall, after determining the total acreage of the applicable tract or tracts of land, round remaining fractional portions of an acre greater than or equal to half of an acre up to the next whole acre.
For the purposes of taking wild turkey, nothing in this Section shall be construed to prevent the manipulation, including mowing or cutting, of standing crops as a normal agricultural or soil stabilization practice, food plots, or normal agricultural practices, including planting, harvesting, and maintenance such as cultivating. Such manipulation for the purpose of taking wild turkey may be further modified by administrative rule.
(Source: P.A. 102-237, eff. 1-1-22