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9/26/2013 8:39:00 AM
2013 DNR legislative session busy for hunters
NT Staff

SPRINGFIELD – The 2013 Illinois legislative session was a busy one for hunters and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The following bills were signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn.

  • SB1620 requires a hunter to use all usable parts of a game animal. In 2012, 18 percent calls to the TIPS hotline were for dumped carcasses. Until passage of this law it was not illegal for an Illinois hunter to shoot an animal and leave it in the field. This legislation requires the hunter to use the edible parts of the animal as long as they are safe for human consumption. Effective Jan. 1, 2014.
  • SB1170 makes it illegal to possess any animal that was not legally taken in another territory or state. The DNR has assisted poaching investigations in other states. When a person was found to have illegally taken animals in another state, the hunter would be prosecuted for the illegal taking but would not be punished for bringing the animal into Illinois. This legislation allows the department to recoup some investigative costs by charging the individual with illegal possession. Effective Jan. 1, 2014.
  • SB50 allows veterans who complete the online portion of hunter safety requirements to receive a hunter safety card without taking the field portion of the hunter safety course. To obtain the hunter safety card, the veteran must provide online hunter education certification and military verification. Effective immediately.
  • HB1003 changed the definition of deer and turkey baiting. In 2012, legislation was enacted to define deer and turkey baiting. Part of that bill could be interpreted that pure water was included as bait. There were questions whether farmers who put out water for livestock could be allowed to hunt their property. This bill defines that pure water is not bait. Effective immediately.
  • HB1651 allows shooting of furbearing mammals with shotguns loaded with deer slugs. This bill allows someone to shoot a coyote with a deer slug. Previously, the law allowed the shooting of coyotes with any firearm except a shotgun with deer slugs. Effective immediately.
  • SB1538 allows use of a slingshot bow and arrow to take rough fish. This legislation was identified and supported by the Central Illinois Tribal Council which manufactures these devices. The DNR supported this legislation to allow expansion of bowfishing in the state. Effective immediately.

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