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Monday, February 19, 2018

Illinois 100th General Assembly Hunting and Fishing Related Legislation 2018

The second year of the 100th GA has begun with legislators filing new bills left and right.  Below you will see a list of all the new pieces of legislation related to hunting and fishing.


Governor Rauner Releases Proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Illinois Department of Natural Resource Budget

Bills filed in 2018
HB 4231 - Blaze Pink Clothing - Illinois 100th General Assembly
HB 4487 - Funding State Parks through Lottery Game - Illinois 100th General Assembly
HB 4585-ROCK RIVER-CATFISH- Illinois 100th General Assembly
HB 4592 -$DNR-SNOWMOBILES- Illinois 100th General Assembly
HB 4714 - Deer Hunting - Air Guns - Illinois 100th General Assembly
HB 4759 - Wildlife - Duck Blind or Pit - Illinois 100th General Assembly
HB 4783 and SB 2663 - Wildlife - Youth Hunt/Trap - Illinois 100th General Assembly

Saturday, February 17, 2018

HB 5440 - WILDLIFE-YOUTH HUNTING -Illinois 100th GA

House Sponsors
Rep. Charles Meier

Filed: HB 5440 on 2/15/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that the fees for a youth resident and non-resident archery deer permit shall be the same. Provides that a resident or non-resident youth under age 18 (rather than only resident youth) may apply to the Department of Natural Resources for a Youth Hunting License and Youth Trapping License.

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HB 5317 - WILDLIFE-RESTITUTION VALUE -Illinois 100th GA

House Sponsors
Rep. Jerry Costello, II

Filed: HB 5317 on 2/15/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Wildlife Code. Raises the fair market value or replacement cost of various species protected by the Act. Provides that a person who possesses whitetail antlered deer, in whole or in part, captured or killed in violation of the Act, shall pay restitution to the Department of Natural Resources in the amount of $1,000 per whitetail antlered deer and an additional $500 per antler point, for each whitetail antlered deer with at least 8 but not more than 10 antler points. Provides that for whitetail antlered deer with 11 or more antler points, restitution of $1,000 shall be paid to the Department per whitehead antlered deer plus $750 per antler point. Defines "point". Effective immediately.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

HB 5293 - WILDLIFE-ENDANGERED SPECIES - Illinois 100th GA

House Sponsors
Rep. Jerry Costello, II

Filed: HB 5293 on 2/15/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act. Provides that a permit for incidental taking under the Act shall not be required if a federal conservation agreement, including but not limited to, a candidate conservation agreement, habit conservation plan, or safe harbor agreement, is in effect and approved by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. Provides that in making Endangered Species Protection Board appointments of naturalists, the Governor shall give consideration to recommendations of conservation groups. Provides that of the remaining appointed members, 2 members shall be landowners representing the State's largest general farm organization. Removes the exemption for notice or public hearing when the Endangered Species Protection Board automatically places a species or subspecies of an animal or plant on the Illinois endangered list after designation as endangered by the U.S. Secretary of Interior. Effective immediately.

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HB 5278 - 5 YR HUNTING & FISHING LICENSE - Illinois 100th GA

House Sponsors
Rep. Monica Bristow

Filed: HB 5278 on 2/15/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code. Provides that residents of this State may obtain a 5-year fishing license. Provides that the fee for a 5-year fishing license is $62.50. Provides that for residents age 65 or older, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a 5-year fishing license. Provides that for resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces after returning from service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a 5-year fishing license. Provides that residents of this State may obtain a 5-year sportsmen's combination license that shall entitle the holder to the same non-commercial fishing privileges as residents holding a license and to the same hunting privileges as residents holding a license to hunt all species under the Wildlife Code. Provides that the 5-year sportsmen's combination license fee shall be $112.50. Provides that no sportsmen's combination license shall be issued to any individual who would be ineligible for either the fishing or hunting license separately. Provides that for residents age 65 or older, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a 5-year sportsmen's combination license. Provides that for resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces after returning from service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a 5-year sportsmen's combination license. Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that residents of this State may obtain a 5-year hunting license to hunt all species for $52. Provides that for residents age 65 or older and resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces after returning from service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a 5-year hunting license.
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HB 5693 & SB 2963 - WILDLIFE - TRAPPING TAGS - Illinois 100th GA

House Sponsors
Rep. Jerry Costello, II

Filed: HB 5693 on 2/16/2018

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Neil Anderson

Filed: SB 2963 on 2/14/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that traps used in the taking of mammals protected by the Code, for which an open trapping season has been established, shall be marked or tagged with metal tags or inscribed in lettering giving the name and address of the owner, or the name and customer identification number issued by the Department of Natural Resources, and absence of such mark or tag shall be prima facie evidence that such trap or traps are illegally used and the trap or traps shall be confiscated and disposed of as directed by the Department. Effective immediately.


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HB 5692 & SB 2962 - RIVER OTTER-LIMIT - Illinois 100th GA

House Sponsors
Rep. Jerry Costello, II
Filed: HB 5692 on 2/16/2018

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Neil Anderson

Filed: SB 2962 on 2/14/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Wildlife Code. Deletes language providing that the season limit for river otter shall not exceed 5 river otters per person per season. Effective immediately.


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SB 2833 - $APPROP-NATURAL RESOURCES - Illinois 100th GA

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Karen McConnaughay

Filed: SB 2833 on 2/13/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Appropriates $179,900 from the State Boating Act Fund to the Department of Natural Resources for the ordinary and contingent expenses related to ice boom establishment and maintenance at East Dundee and Carpentersville. Effective immediately.


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HB 5130 & SB 2824 - DNR WORST CASE ANALYSIS SCENARIO - Illinois 100th GA

Senate Sponsors
Sen. David Koehler

Filed: SB 2824 on 2/13/2018

House Sponsors
Rep. Jay Hoffman
Filed: HB 5130 2/15/18

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Rivers, Lakes, and Streams Act. Provides that when considering whether to issue a permit for construction or maintenance or repair of a levee or flood wall under a provision in the Act, the Department of Natural Resources shall consider the flood discharge that would just overtop a levee or flood wall when conducting a worst-case scenario analysis. Defines "worst-case scenario analysis". Effective immediately.



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HB 5066 & SB 3247 - IDOT/DNR LAND TRANSFERS- Illinois 100th GA

House Sponsors
Rep. Avery Bourne

Filed: HB 5066 on 2/14/2018

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Dale Fowler

Filed: SB 3247 on 2/14/2018


Synopsis As Introduced:

Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to make certain real estate conveyances in Bureau County, Menard County, and Pulaski County, subject to specified conditions. Authorizes the Department of Transportation to make certain real estate conveyances in Grundy County, DuPage County, DeKalb County, Montgomery County, Tazewell County, and Mason County, subject to specified conditions. Effective immediately.

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HB 5049 - Youth Deer Permits - Illinois 100th GA

House Sponsors
Rep. Michael J. Zalewski

Filed: HB 5049 on 2/14/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that deer hunting permits for youth hunters shall be open statewide and not limited to one specific county.

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HB 5015 - DNR Programs Equipment - Illinois 100th GA

House Sponsors
Rep. Ryan Spain

Filed: HB 5015 on 2/14/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Amends provisions concerning the Department of Natural Resources Adopt-A-Park and Adopt-A-Trail programs. Provides that a volunteer may bring his or her own light equipment, including, but not limited to, a lawn mower, chainsaw, or other appropriate equipment to carry out functions granted by the Department at his or her own risk, so long as it does not interfere with work historically performed by Department employees.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Governor Rauner Releases Proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Illinois Department of Natural Resource Budget

Governor Rauner Releases Proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Illinois Department of Natural Resource Budget

Photos from the Office of Management & Budget & the DNR 

Today Governor Rauner released his FY19 proposed operating budget for the DNR.  You can find it on page 262 of the Proposed Operating Budget.  An operating budget is where 'appropriations are for consumable goods and services such as salaries and benefits, commodities, utilities, and professional services that are purchased and used during any one fiscal year.' 

The Governor is proposing a 1.5% increase from FY18 that would support a Conservation Officer Trainee class which will be required due to retirement and other similar situations. This proposed budget also maintains a fully funded historic preservation department which the IDNR acquired during 2017.  Hunting and fishing licenses will remain the same price for FY19 while maintaining operations of all state parks and campgrounds.

If this is your first time looking at the DNR budget, it can be overwhelming due to the fact that there are many different programs, departments and funds associated with the agency.  You can find this breakdown on page 263 of the Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget.

The Governor also proposed a Capital Budget for the IDNR.  A Capital Budget is when 'appropriations are for assets that have a long-term useful life, such as buildings, highways, underground or surface infrastructure, durable equipment and land. Capital appropriations may span multiple fiscal years.' You can find the DNR Capital Appropriations beginning on page 56 of the Governor Proposed FY19 Capital Budget.

Over several years, the DNR has gone without capital appropriations and with that came deterioration of many DNR properties.  A fully funded capital budget in FY19 will allow the agency to do the over $24 million improvements that they have identified. These projects are highlighted on page 57 of this budget.

The fiscal year 2019 proposed budget provides funding for a complete DNR capital program. This includes: 
  • The continuation of prior year outdoor grant projects, flood hazard mitigation buyouts, mined lands reclamation, recreational trail and water resources programming; 
  • Additional spending authority to finish previously awarded projects; and 
  • Pay-as-you-go appropriations allowing the department to carry out projects and programming that are both core to its mission and can allow for federal match or reimbursement. 
BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS 
The recommended fiscal year 2019 capital budget continues to fund grants and programs that were included in the fiscal year 2018 budget. 
  • Additional spending authority to finish out prior year obligations is included, such as: 
    •  $25 million in authority to fund previous years’ awards for the Museum Grant Program; and  
    • $64 million to continue prior year grants from the Park and Recreational Facilities (PARC) program. 
  • $30.5 million is included for Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) projects, including $15.0 million for new projects in fiscal year 2019.
As hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts we understand how bad the DNR needs this capital appropriation to just maintain our state parks and make them more enjoyable for all visitors.

As a reminder, this is the Governor's Proposed budget, it has not been enacted or approved.  This begins the long negotiations of a budget in Illinois, so continue to check back with Capitol Outdoors throughout this process. 

Remember Enjoy the Outdoors, Good Luck and Stay Safe


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

HB 4783 and SB 2663 - Wildlife - Youth Hunt/Trap - Illinois 100th General Assembly

House Sponsors
Rep. Avery Bourne
Filed: HB 4783 on 2/13/2018

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Chuck Weaver
Filed: SB 2663 on 2/13/18

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Wildlife Code. Combines youth hunting and trapping licensing. Provides that the fee for a Youth Hunting and Trapping License is $7. Provides before any youth 18 shall take or attempt to take any species protected by the Code for which an open season is established, the youth shall first procure and possess a valid Youth Hunting and Trapping License. Provides that a Youth Hunting and Trapping License shall entitle the licensee to hunt or trap while supervised by an adult (rather than a parent, grandparent, or guardian) who is 21 years of age or older and has a valid Illinois hunting or trapping license. Provides that youth licensed shall not hunt or trap or carry a hunting or trapping device, including, but not limited to, a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow unless the youth is accompanied by and under the close personal supervision of an adult (rather than a parent, grandparent, or guardian) who is 21 years of age or older and has a valid Illinois hunting or trapping license. Provides that if a youth has a valid certificate of competency for hunting or trapping approved by the Department of Natural Resources, he or she is exempt from supervision requirements. Eliminates provision providing that before a trapping license shall be issued to any person under the age of sixteen years, the person shall obtain the written consent of his father, mother, or legally constituted guardian to obtain the license. Defines "youth". Makes conforming changes.

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HB 4759 - Wildlife - Duck Blind or Pit - Illinois 100th General Assembly

House Sponsors
Rep. Terri Bryant
Filed: HB 4759 on 2/13/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that a person shall not establish or use a blind or pit for the taking of wild ducks within 100 yards of the boundary of property on which the blind or pit is located without consent from the landowner of the adjacent property. Provides that the provision only applies to property located in Alexander County, Union County, Williamson County, or Jackson County. Effective immediately.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

HB 4714 - Deer Hunting - Air Guns - Illinois 100th General Assembly

House Sponsors
Rep.Natalie Phelps Finnie

Filed: HB 4714 on 2/8/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that a person may take deer with a .45 caliber or larger air-powered gun. Defines "air-powered gun" as any implement, designed as a gun that will expel a BB or pellet by spring, gas, or air charged from an external high compression power source.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

HB 4592 -$DNR-SNOWMOBILES- Illinois 100th General Assembly

House Sponsors
Rep. Tony McCombie

Filed: HB 4592 on 2/6/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Appropriates $442,403 from the Snowmobile Trail Establishment Fund to the Department of Natural Resources for the administration and payment of grants to nonprofit snowmobile clubs and organizations for construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation of snowmobile trails and areas for the use of snowmobiles. Effective immediately.

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HB 4585-ROCK RIVER-CATFISH- Illinois 100th General Assembly

House Sponsors
Rep. Tony McCombie
Filed: HB 4585 on 2/6/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:

Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code. Provides that all properly licensed individuals shall be permitted to take, in any one day, no more than one flathead catfish under 35 inches in length within the waters of Rock River. Provides that a flathead catfish in possession of an individual from Rock River that is over 35 inches in length shall be released immediately. Provides that all properly licensed individuals shall be permitted to take, in any one day, no more than 6 channel catfish under 30 inches in length within the waters of Rock River. Provides that a channel catfish in possession of an individual from Rock River that is over 30 inches in length shall be released immediately.

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SB 2295 -FISHING LICENSES-Illinois 100th General Assembly

Senate Sponsors
Sen.
Julie A. Morrison

Filed: SB 2295 on 1/10/2018

Synopsis As Introduced: Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code. Defines "fishing license" for purposes of the Act as an electronic or physical license authorizing the person to take a certain type of fish during a specified period of time. Effective immediately.

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SB 2493 -WILDLIFE-DEER BAIT-Illinois 100th General Assembly

Senate Sponsors
Sen. 
Chapin Rose

Filed: SB 2493 on 1/31/2018

Synopsis As Introduced:Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that a person may supplementally feed deer with items otherwise prohibited by the Code when not in active deer hunting season which shall be implemented by the Department of Natural Resources by rule.

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