This weekend! Please be careful out there. From the DNR site: SEASON DATES AND OPEN COUNTIES Firearm: You may use either a shotgun, muzzleloader or a handgun with a firearm permit on November 21, 22 & 23 (first season) and December 4, 5, 6 & 7 (second season). Cook, DuPage, Lake and that portion of Kane county east of State Route 47 are closed to firearm deer hunting. Individuals with unfilled free property only hunting firearm permits may also use these permits with a muzzleloader during the muzzleloader-only season on December 12, 13 & 14 and the Late- Winter Firearm season with a handgun, shotgun or muzzleloader on January 16, 17, & 18.