Illinois Department of Natural Resources

To manage, conserve and protect Illinois' natural, recreational and cultural resources, further the public's understanding and appreciation of those resources, and promote the education, science and public safety of Illinois' natural resources.

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Wild Turkey in the woods


Buy Licenses & Permits Online

Licenses and permits available for online purchase for hunting, fishing and more.

Parks & Recreation

Illinois features many state parks, outdoor recreation, lodging, and historic sites.

Hunting & Trapping

Resources available about fishing and hunting rules and regulations including hunting preserves and where to find public hunting areas.


Safety Courses – Visitors can learn about boating, hunting, trapping & others.

Outreach Education – IDNR features many educational resources including the ENTICE program that provides natural resources training for educators through hands-on, interdisciplinary workshops led by natural resources professionals and other educators.

Conservation and Preservation – Protect and save native species important to our ecosystems.

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