Hunting rules & regs
Go to any place that sells hunting licenses and pick up the Il DNR 2008/2009 hunting & trapping guidebook. Pretty much all firearm hunting in Illinois is done with shotgun except for seasons for deer using handguns & muzzle loading rifles. On state owned lands squirrels & varmints are by shotgun , on your own land almost anything is acceptable.
To find public hunting grounds go to IL DNR website , clikc on link to state parks & rec areas on left side, and for areas where hunting is allowed each areas page will have a link to it's hunter fact sheet. Not a fast process by any means but will pretty well show all available public lands. Good luck hunting for a place to hunt. Be aware that only 5% of Illiniois is public land and about 1/3 of that is open to hunting.
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