The 2013 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt is October 12th through the 14th for those hunters with a valid Youth Deer Permit who have not reached their 16th birthday by the first day of the hunt. Governor Quinn signed legislation extending the youth hunt from a two-day to a three-day season, with an additional hunting day on the Columbus Day holiday. All Illinois counties except Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties, and a portion of Kane County are open for the youth season. Youth hunters are reminded that archery deer season will be underway and all hunters are reminded that they must wear blaze orange. Some IDNR-managed sites will be open to youth hunting, including the Spoon River State Forest in Knox County and Mississippi River Pool 17 in Mercer County. For more information on the Youth Deer Hunt in Illinois, check the IDNR website.