Field Day Info

How to Book your Illinois Hunter Safety Field Day

Once you have successfully completed the online hunter safety course you must register for a Field Day with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. To complete the hunter education requirements for Illinois, you must pass both the online AND Field Day portions of the hunter education course.

Field Days are conducted by IDNR-certified hunter safety instructors, and are expected to last between 5 and 7 hours. Activities at the Field day include different hands-on activities, and a multiple-choice final exam. As you participate in the Field Day, always remember to follow the rules of hunting and firearm safety.

To book a Field Day in your area, consult the Field Day schedule: www.dnr.state.il.us. Field days tend to fill up quickly, so it's important to plan ahead. Field Days are added to the schedule on a regular basis.

You must bring a copy of your Field Day Voucher and a piece of valid identification to your Field Day. Youth who do not have their own ID may have their parents or guardians show ID on their behalf. It is the policy of the IDNR that youth under the age of 10 must be accompanied to and during the safety education courses by an adult or guardian at least 16 years of age.

Mere attendance of this safety education training and taking a written test will not guarantee the passing of this course. Multiple criteria such as mental and physical competency, the ability to demonstrate and recognize safe procedures, attitude and the maturity level of each individual student.

Military Exemption from Field Day

Military veterans may receive a Hunter Safety Card by completing the online self-study portion of Hunter Safety requirements, without taking the field day portion of the course. To obtain a Hunter Safety Card, veterans must provide their online hunter safety voucher and military duty documentation (DD214). Mail to: IDNR Safety Education Section, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL. 62702-1271.