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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Preliminary Deer Harvest Totals from Illinois Muzzleloader-only Season

Check out this weeks preliminary numbers of the Illinois Muzzleloader-only Season. 



MUZZLELOADER DEER SEASON

Illinois deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 3,863 deer during the 2018 muzzleloading rifle deer season (Dec. 7-9), compared to 3,765 in 2017.

Harvest sex ratios were 56% does and 44% males (2172:1691).

The top five counties for muzzleloader season harvest were Pike (164), Randolph (132), Adams (129), Hancock (109), and Fulton (99).

Check out County by County numbers.  



Sunday, February 12, 2017

Wildlife CD Management Plan-100th GA - SB 1983

Wildlife CD Management Plan-100th GA - SB 1983


Senator Don Harmon (D)

Filed: SB 1983 on 2-10-17

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that prior to the opening of a new hunting season for an animal that was listed on the endangered or threatened species list in the past 15 years, the Department of Natural Resources shall develop a management plan including: (1) an overall goal for the continued growth of the animal's population and return of a stable population in all prime habitat areas throughout the State for that animal; (2) an analysis demonstrating the impact of hunting in different regions of the State and the impact on different take limits on statewide animal populations; (3) identification of biological indicators that would indicate vulnerability in animal populations in particular counties or regions of the State and a plan for immediately suspending a hunting season in those areas based on those biological indicators; (4) a summary of any scientific data considered and a list of scientific and academic literature consulted; (5) identification of the steps that will be taken to enforce the management plan, to inform hunters and the public, and the financial resources needed by the Department; and (6) an emergency plan to cancel a hunting season if the Department finds that the proposed season conflicts with the management plan, staffing or resource constraints that fail to provide adequate enforcement of the management plan, or new scientific findings or research indicate the closing of the hunting season is appropriate. Provides that if the Department opens a hunting season for a new animal, it shall set a fee for hunting permits for the animal. Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to take an animal in this State that was added to the list of hunting seasons on or after January 1, 2017, and prior to the development of a management plan by the Department. Effective July 1, 2017.


SB 1983 Action

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Hunting & Fishing License Fees-100th GA - HB 635

Hunting & Fishing License Fees-100th GA - HB 635



Representative John Cabello (R)
Filed: HB 635 on 1-24-17


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 that 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 that have been honorably discharged. Effective immediately.

Hearings: None Scheduled at this time

HB 2685 Action

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Wildlife CD- Deer Bait-100th GA - SB 2039

Wildlife CD- Deer Bait-100th GA - SB 2039

Senator Chapin Rose (R)

Filed: SB 2039 on 2-10-17


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.

Hearings:  None Scheduled at this time.

Previous Actions:
  • Date - Chamber - Action

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5 YR Hunting & Fishing License- 100th GA - HB 3373

5 YR Hunting & Fishing License- 100th GA - HB 3373

Representative Daniel V. Beiser (D)

Filed: HB 3373 on 2-9-17


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.

Hearings:  None Scheduled at this time.

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Deer Hunting- Air Guns- 100th GA - HB 2410

Deer Hunting- Air Guns- 100th GA - HB 2410

Representative Brandon W. Phelps (D)

Filed: HB 2410 on 2-6-17


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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Prohib Bobcat Trapping- 100th GA - SB 1981

Prohib Bobcat Trapping- 100th GA - SB 1981

Senator Don Harmon (D)

Filed: SB 1981 on 2-10-17


Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to trap bobcat in this State at any time. Provides that no person shall knowingly sell, offer for sale, or purchase a bobcat pelt of a bobcat taken in this State. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.

Hearings:  None Scheduled at this time.

Previous Actions:
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2/10/2017 Senate Filed with Secretary by Sen. Don Harmon

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Wildlife Duckblind or Pit- 100th GA - HB 1788

Wildlife Duckblind or Pit- 100th GA - HB 1788


Representative:  Terri Bryant (R)

Filed: HB 1788 on 2-1-17



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.

Hearings:  Agriculture & Conservation Committee Hearing Feb 22 2017 2:00PM Capitol Building Room 115 Springfield, IL


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Wildlife Trapping-Green Hides-100th GA - HB 2685 & SB 1468

Wildlife Trapping-Green Hides-100th GA - HB 2685 & SB 1468




Representative Jerry Costello (D)
Filed: HB 2685 on 2/8/17

Senator Neil Anderson (R)
Filed: SB 1468 on 2/9/17

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that except as provided in the Code, it is unlawful to have in his or her possession the green hides of fur bearing mammals without a valid hunting or trapping license. Provides that the annual fee for each resident fur buyer's permit (rather than a resident retail or wholesale fur buyer's permit) shall be $50.00 (rather than $25.00 for a resident retail fur buyer's permit or $125.00 for a resident wholesale fur buyer's permit). Provides that all fur buyers and non-resident auction participants shall maintain records of the receipt, collection, purchase, and sale of green hides of fur-bearing mammals. Provides that a record of each transaction shall be created at the time it is executed specifying the date, numbers, and kinds of green hides purchased, sold, or transferred, price paid for each green hide, if any, and the name, address, and Department customer identification number of the other party. Provides that a person who holds a fur tanner's permit is exempt from provisions for a resident fur buyer permit holder as long as the person is not engaged in the business of receiving green hides for the purpose of buying or selling the hides, whether green, dressed, processed, or tanned and the hides which have been tanned or processed are returned to the person who submitted the hides for processing or tanning. Repeals a provision regarding the receiving, collecting, or buying of green hides of fur-bearing or game mammals. Makes other conforming changes. Effective January 1, 2018.

House Floor Amendment No. 1

Provides that all resident and non-resident fur buyer permits and non-resident auction participation permits shall expire on March 31 (currently, April 30). Makes other technical changes.


HB 2685 
Latest Action:  
  • 5/23/2017 House Passed Both Houses