Legislation


Below you'll see a list of House and Senate bills that relate to hunting and fishing.  After each bill number you'll see the title of the bill and a synopsis.  Please make sure to scroll all the way down so you don't miss important issues.

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Resolutions: 

  •  HJRCA0024  - CONAMEND-HUNT & FISH
    • Synopsis As Introduced - Proposes to amend the Environment Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that each person has the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, including using traditional methods, subject only to laws enacted by the General Assembly and rules adopted under authority granted by the General Assembly to: (1) promote wildlife conservation and management; and (2) preserve the future of hunting and fishing. Provides that public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means to manage and control wildlife. Provides that nothing shall be construed to modify any provision of law that relates to trespass, property rights, or eminent domain. Effective upon being declared adopted.

 House Bill

  • HB 240 - HUNTING-CARRYING HANDGUNS
    • Synopsis As Introduced - Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that a person with a valid concealed carry license issued under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, or an off-duty law enforcement official or officer, may carry a handgun on or about his or her person while hunting. Effective immediately.
      • Notes:  Scheduled for Judiciary - Criminal Committee on February 5, 2018 at 8:55 A.M.  With the abundance of legislation on the docket, it is unlikely this bill will be called for discussion 
  • HB 888 - FOID-SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS
    • Synopsis As Introduced - Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that the Department of State Police shall conduct a search of the purchasers' social media accounts available to the public to determine if there is any information that would disqualify the person from obtaining or require revocation of a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card. Provides that each applicant for a Firearm Owner's Identification Card shall furnish to the Department of State Police a list of every social media account.
  • HB 1598 - 5 YR HUNTING & FISHING LICENSE
    • 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.  Read More...
      • Notes:  Hearing Scheduled for February 19, 2019
  • HB 2036 - HUNTING & FISHING LICENSE FEES
    • Synopsis As Introduced - Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code. Provides that the fee for all sport fishing licenses shall be waived for resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have been honorably discharged. Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that the fee for a hunting license to hunt all species shall be waived for resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have been honorably discharged. Makes technical changes. Effective immediately.
  • HB 2051 - WILDLIFE-LAND PERMIT-RESIDENCY
    • Synopsis As Introduced - Amends the Wildlife Code. Allows a landowner deer, turkey, and combination permit to be issued without charge to Illinois landowners (removes residing in the State) who own at least 40 acres of Illinois land and wish to hunt upon their land only.
  • HB 2425 - WILDLIFE-ENDANGERED SPECIES
    • 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, habitat conservation plan, or safe harbor agreement that includes conservation practices conducted in the State in effect and approved by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. Provides that incidental taking of species that are listed as endangered or threatened by the State only and not listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service shall follow the provisions under the Act. Provides that of the remaining appointed members, one member shall be a landowner representing the State's largest general farm organization. Effective immediately.
  • HB 2576 - WILDLIFE-YOUTH DEER PERMITS
    • 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.
  • HB 2731 - DNR-BACKGROUND CHECKS
    • Synopsis As Introduced - Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that it is unlawful for a person to volunteer for the Department of Natural Resources on Department owned or controlled property until a criminal background check has been approved by the Department. Provides that each volunteer applicant shall complete and sign a Department of Central Management Services Authorization for Release of Criminal History Information. Provides for certain criteria to determine if the applicant may volunteer with the Department. Provides that if the applicant believes the criminal history information is inaccurate, incomplete, or maintained in violation of any State or federal law or regulation, the applicant may order a Federal Bureau Investigation identity history report and challenge the criminal history within 30 days of the notification of denial by the Department. Provides that a criminal background check may be required by the Department at any time during the volunteer's time with the Department. Makes conforming changes to the Department of State Police Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Makes other changes.
  • HB 2777 -  WILDLIFE-SURPLUS DEER REPORT
    • Synopsis As Introduced - Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that beginning July 1, 2019, and on an annual basis thereafter, the Department of Natural Resources shall provide a report to the General Assembly providing information regarding deer management programs established by the Code or by administrative rule that includes: (1) the number of surplus deer taken during each separate harvest season; (2) the number of deer found to have a communicable disease or other abnormality; and (3) what happens to the deer taken during each separate harvest season. Effective immediately.
  • HB 2778 - WILDLIFE CD-HUNTING OPENING
    • Synopsis As Introduced - Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that notwithstanding any provision of the Code, each opening weekend for every hunting season established by the Department of Natural Resources shall be at least 4 days long. Effective immediately.
  • HB 2783 - WILDLIFE CD-RIFLE HUNTING
    • Synopsis As Introduced - Amends the Wildlife Code. Permits hunting with a rifle for the taking of deer. Provides that rifle hunting permits issued by the Department of Natural Resources shall be approved by county ordinance. Provides that notwithstanding any provision of the Code, it is unlawful to take a deer with a rifle in a county of the State with a population of 500,000 or more. Defines "rifle" as any firearm designed, made, or adapted to be fired from the shoulder that uses the energy of an explosive in a fixed metallic cartridge to fire a projectile through a rifled bore by a single function of the trigger.

Senate Bill 

  • SB 56 - BOAT SIZE FOX WATERWAY
    • Synopsis As Introduced - Creates the Fox Waterway Agency. Provides that no person shall operate a boat or watercraft that exceeds 40 feet in length on the Fox Waterway, with the exception of boats or watercraft that: (i) are used for dredging, construction, lake maintenance, or similar activities; and (ii) do not carry passengers for hire.
  • SB 201 - WILDLIFE-LEAD AMMUNITION
    • Synopsis As Introduced - Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that nontoxic ammunition, as certified by the Department of Natural Resources, shall be required when taking all wildlife, including game mammals, game birds, non-game birds, and non-game mammals with any firearm. Provides that the Department shall adopt by rule a public process to certify ammunition as nontoxic ammunition and shall define, by rule, nontoxic ammunition to include only ammunition in which there is no lead content, excluding the presence of trace elements of lead. Provides that to the extent that funding is available, the Department shall establish a process that provides hunters with nontoxic ammunition at no or reduced charge. Grants rulemaking authority to the Department. Provides for penalties. Makes other changes.
  • SB 238 - BOAT SIZE FOX WATERWAY
    • Synopsis As Introduced - Amends the Fox Waterway Agency Act. Provides that a person shall not operate a boat or watercraft that exceeds 40 feet in length on the Fox Waterway, with the exception of boats or watercraft that: (i) are used for dredging, construction, lake maintenance, or similar activities; (ii) carry passengers for hire; (iii) are restaurants as defined in the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act; or (iv) are riverboats as defined in the Riverboat Gambling Act.
  • SB 1110 - DNR-NATIVE BEE HABITATS
    • Synopsis As Introduced - Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources shall designate, in each State park and forest, native bee nesting habitat areas.
  • SB 1310 - DNR-STARVED ROCK
    • Synopsis As Introduced - Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources may implement an annual vehicle admission fee and daily access fee for entrance into Starved Rock State Park. Provides that the Department may implement a daily access fee to pedestrians and owners of vehicles who do not have a current annual vehicle sticker. Provides that the Department may establish a fee for individuals who use Starved Rock State Park without paying the annual vehicle admission fee or daily access fee. Creates the Starved Rock State Park Fund. Makes conforming changes to the State Finance Act. Effective January 1, 2020.
  • SB 1336 - WILDLIFE-ENDANGERED SPECIES
    • 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, habitat conservation plan, or safe harbor agreement that includes conservation practices conducted in the State in effect and approved by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973. Provides that incidental taking of species that are listed as endangered or threatened by the State only and not listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service shall follow the provisions under the Act. Provides that of the remaining appointed members, one member shall be a landowner representing the State's largest general farm organization. Effective immediately.