IDNR Announces Late Summer Hunting Opportunities

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announces late summer hunting opportunities for 2022.

The following information is provided as a helpful reminder of the season deadlines, which begin in August and September.

Hunting licenses can be purchased through IDNR’s online license portal at or in person at a participating vendor. To find a list of participating providers, visit

Additional details will be announced in the upcoming 2022-2023 edition of IDNR’s Hunting and Trapping Digest. Information about hunting and trapping in Illinois can also be found here online at


Squirrel, statewide: August 1, 2022 to February 1. 15, 2023. Daily limit of 5, possession limit of 10*

Dove (mourning and white-winged), statewide: September 1 to November 1. December 14, 2022 and December 26, 2022-Jan. 9, 2023. Daily limit of 15, possession limit of 45

Teal, Statewide, All Zones: September 10-25, 2022. Daily limit of 6, possession limit of 18**

Train (Sora and Virginia only), statewide, all areas: September 10 to November 1. 18, 2022. Daily limit of 25, possession limit of 75

Snipe, statewide, all areas: September 10-December 1. 25, 2022. Daily limit of 8, possession limit of 24

Canada Geese (Early Season), North and Central Zones: September 1-15, 2022. Daily limit of 5, possession limit of 15

Canada Geese (Early Season), South Central and South: September 1-15, 2022. Daily limit of 2, possession limit of 6

* Squirrel season is closed November 18-20 and December 1-4 in counties open to gun deer hunting.

** “Areas” refers to the waterfowl hunting areas established in Illinois under the regulations of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. See the link below for more details and a map of the waterfowl areas and season dates for the 2021-2025 period: