Early Season Whitetail Hunting in Illinois

Mid-October successful whitetail hunt in Pike County, IllinoisNovember 23, 2018 – Early Season Illinois Whitetail Hunting Report – We had some great early season whitetail hunts here at the lodge even though we had several above average temperature days, our food plots and constant trail camera scouting led to some successful early season hunts!

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).