I finally confirmed with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources that the Nonresident Archery Deer Permits did in fact sell out by 11 PM CDSTon the first day that they went on sale (July 10th). I believe that the number of permits was capped at 15,000 for this year. Illinois must be doing something right! It just makes me wonder how hard they will be to come by next year?
Gobblergetter, how did you find out so soon? I heard rumors that they sold out on the first day but couldn't find anything officially. I kept checking the IDNR website but all it said was that they were sold out.