Early Season Whitetail Hunting in Illinois

October 08, 2019 – Early Season Deer Hunting Report –Opening week of the 2019 archery season started off very hot with temperatures into the 90’s!  A cold front moved through mid-week and deer activity increased dramatically. We ended up harvesting two great bucks at the end of opening week. Bob Parrott’s buck pictured below scored 176 4/8! Looking ahead, temperatures look to stay cool and deer activity should remain good for the remaining part of  the early season.” early season bowhunting whitetail hunting in illinois

The Illinois whitetail archery season begins on October 1st. Most of the month of October is considered early season whitetail hunting in Illinois and the entire Midwest. October deer hunting can be divided up into three different hunting times: opening week, mid-October, and late October (considered pre-rut).