Bona fide landowners or tenants who do not wish to hunt only on the land
they own, rent, or lease or bona fide equity shareholders, bona fide
members, or bona fide equity partners who do not wish to hunt
only on the
land owned by the corporation, limited liability company, or partnership
charged the same fee as the
applicant who is not a landowner, tenant, bona fide equity
bona fide equity member, or bona fide equity partner. Nonresidents
Illinois who own at least 40 acres of land and wish to hunt on their land only
shall be charged a fee set by administrative rule. The method for
obtaining these permits shall be prescribed by administrative rule.
The deer hunting permit issued without fee shall be valid on
all farm lands which the person to whom it is issued owns, leases or rents,
except that in the case of a permit issued to a bona fide equity
shareholder, bona fide equity member, or bona fide equity partner, the
be valid on all lands owned by the corporation, limited liability
company, or partnership in the county.
The standards and specifications for use of guns and bow and arrow for
deer hunting shall be established by administrative rule.
No person may have in his possession any firearm not authorized by
administrative rule for a specific hunting season when taking deer.
Persons having a firearm deer hunting permit shall be permitted to
take deer only during the period from 1/2 hour before sunrise to
1/2 hour after sunset, and only during those days for which an open season is
established for the taking of deer by use of shotgun, handgun, or muzzle
Persons having an archery deer hunting permit shall be permitted to
take deer only during the period from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour
after sunset, and only during those days for which an open season is
established for the taking of deer by use of bow and arrow.
It shall be unlawful for any person to take deer by use of dogs,
horses, automobiles, aircraft or other vehicles, or by the use
or aid of bait or baiting of any kind. For the purposes of this Section, "bait" means any material, whether liquid or solid, including food, salt, minerals, and other products that can be ingested, placed, or scattered in such a manner as to attract or lure white-tailed deer. "Baiting" means the placement or scattering of bait to attract deer. An area is considered as baited during the presence
of and for 10 consecutive days following the removal of bait. Nothing in this Section shall prohibit the use of a dog to track wounded deer. Any person using a dog for tracking wounded deer must maintain physical control of the dog at all times by means of a maximum 50 foot lead attached to the dog's collar or harness. Tracking wounded deer is permissible at night, but at no time outside of legal deer hunting hours or seasons shall any person handling or accompanying a dog being used for tracking wounded deer be in possession of any firearm or archery device. Persons tracking wounded deer with a dog during the firearm deer seasons shall wear blaze orange as required. Dog handlers tracking wounded deer with a dog are exempt from hunting license and deer permit requirements so long as they are accompanied by the licensed deer hunter who wounded the deer.
It shall be unlawful to possess or transport any wild deer which has
been injured or killed in any manner upon a public highway or public
right-of-way of this State unless exempted by administrative rule.
Persons hunting deer must have gun unloaded and no bow and arrow
device shall be carried with the arrow in the nocked position during
hours when deer hunting is unlawful.
It shall be unlawful for any person, having taken the legal limit of
deer by gun, to further participate with gun in any deer hunting party.
It shall be unlawful for any person, having taken the legal limit
of deer by bow and arrow, to further participate with bow and arrow in any
deer hunting party.
The Department may prohibit upland game hunting during the gun deer
season by administrative rule.
The Department shall not limit the number of non-resident either sex archery deer hunting permits to less than 20,000.
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this Section,
including administrative rules, shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
For the purposes of calculating acreage under this Section, the Department shall, after determining the total acreage of the applicable tract or tracts of land, round remaining fractional portions of an acre greater than or equal to half of an acre up to the next whole acre.
For the purposes of taking white-tailed deer, nothing in this Section shall be construed to prevent the manipulation, including mowing or cutting, of standing crops as a normal agricultural or soil stabilization practice, food plots, or normal agricultural practices, including planting, harvesting, and maintenance such as cultivating or the use of products designed for scent only and not capable of ingestion, solid or liquid, placed or scattered, in such a manner as to attract or lure deer. Such manipulation for the purpose of taking white-tailed deer may be further modified by administrative rule.
(Source: P.A. 96-162, eff. 1-1-10; 96-831, eff. 1-1-10; 96-1042, eff. 1-1-11; 97-564, eff. 8-25-11; 97-907, eff. 8-7-12.)