This is a FREE 1-day Learn to Hunt: Deer workshop. This workshop is designed to teach new hunters: why, how, and where to hunt deer in Illinois. Advanced registration is REQUIRED. You must be 18 years or older to attend.
Prior to the event, you will be distributed a link to an online e-learning module detailing pertinent deer hunting regulations. This module will provide a brief overview of deer hunting regulations prior to your attendance at the workshop. This will ensure ample time for hands-on learning activities at workshops. We will have some allotted time to discuss regulations and answer any questions you may have. You will be distributed the e-learning module 3 weeks prior to the event date via the email address provided upon your registration. If you register within 3 weeks of the event date, you will be distributed the e-learning module on the next business day.
This module can be completed at any time and allows you to save your progress if you create an account (creating an account is NOT required). Completing this course is not a requirement to attend the workshop, but it will ensure you get the most out of the workshop, participation is greatly encouraged.
Since these events will be entirely outdoors, if inclement weather is imminent, the event may be postponed to a later date. If this occurs, you will receive an email to the email address you provided during registration. Field events will follow all health and safety guidance in response to COVID-19.
10:00 - Introductions and Welcome
10:15 - Deer Ecology
10:45 - Deer Hunting Equipment Overview and Use
11:30 - Deer Hunting Tactics
12:15 - Lunch (Please bring your lunch)
12:45 - Deer Scouting Strategies and Sign Identification
1:15 - Archery/Firearm Equipment Overview and Safety
2:00 - Archery Target Practice (crossbow and compound)
2:45 - Field Dressing and Processing
3:15 - Q&A and Wrap-Up
If you require any reasonable accommodations for the event, please reach out to us via email of by phone at 217-300-0875.