State of Illinois
2019 and 2020


Introduced , by Rep. Michael J. Zalewski


520 ILCS 5/2.26  from Ch. 61, par. 2.26

    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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1    AN ACT concerning wildlife.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Wildlife Code is amended by changing Section
52.26 as follows:
6    (520 ILCS 5/2.26)  (from Ch. 61, par. 2.26)
7    Sec. 2.26. Deer hunting permits. Any person attempting to
8take deer shall first obtain a "Deer Hunting Permit" issued by
9the Department in accordance with its administrative rules.
10Those rules must provide for the issuance of the following
11types of resident deer archery permits: (i) a combination
12permit, consisting of one either-sex permit and one
13antlerless-only permit, (ii) a single antlerless-only permit,
14and (iii) a single either-sex permit. The fee for a Deer
15Hunting Permit to take deer with either bow and arrow or gun
16shall not exceed $25.00 for residents of the State. The
17Department may by administrative rule provide for non-resident
18deer hunting permits for which the fee will not exceed $300 in
192005, $350 in 2006, and $400 in 2007 and thereafter except as
20provided below for non-resident landowners and non-resident
21archery hunters. The Department may by administrative rule
22provide for a non-resident archery deer permit consisting of
23not more than 2 harvest tags at a total cost not to exceed $325



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1in 2005, $375 in 2006, and $425 in 2007 and thereafter. Deer
2hunting permits for youth hunters shall be open statewide and
3not limited to one specific county. The fees for a youth
4resident and non-resident archery deer permit shall be the
6    The standards and specifications for use of guns and bow
7and arrow for deer hunting shall be established by
8administrative rule.
9    No person may have in his or her possession any firearm not
10authorized by administrative rule for a specific hunting season
11when taking deer.
12    Persons having a firearm deer hunting permit shall be
13permitted to take deer only during the period from 1/2 hour
14before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, and only during those
15days for which an open season is established for the taking of
16deer by use of shotgun, handgun, or muzzle loading rifle.
17    Persons having an archery deer hunting permit shall be
18permitted to take deer only during the period from 1/2 hour
19before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, and only during those
20days for which an open season is established for the taking of
21deer by use of bow and arrow.
22    It shall be unlawful for any person to take deer by use of
23dogs, horses, automobiles, aircraft or other vehicles, or by
24the use or aid of bait or baiting of any kind. For the purposes
25of this Section, "bait" means any material, whether liquid or
26solid, including food, salt, minerals, and other products,



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1except pure water, that can be ingested, placed, or scattered
2in such a manner as to attract or lure white-tailed deer.
3"Baiting" means the placement or scattering of bait to attract
4deer. An area is considered as baited during the presence of
5and for 10 consecutive days following the removal of bait.
6Nothing in this Section shall prohibit the use of a dog to
7track wounded deer. Any person using a dog for tracking wounded
8deer must maintain physical control of the dog at all times by
9means of a maximum 50 foot lead attached to the dog's collar or
10harness. Tracking wounded deer is permissible at night, but at
11no time outside of legal deer hunting hours or seasons shall
12any person handling or accompanying a dog being used for
13tracking wounded deer be in possession of any firearm or
14archery device. Persons tracking wounded deer with a dog during
15the firearm deer seasons shall wear blaze orange or solid blaze
16pink color as required. Dog handlers tracking wounded deer with
17a dog are exempt from hunting license and deer permit
18requirements so long as they are accompanied by the licensed
19deer hunter who wounded the deer.
20    It shall be unlawful to possess or transport any wild deer
21which has been injured or killed in any manner upon a public
22highway or public right-of-way of this State unless exempted by
23administrative rule.
24    Persons hunting deer must have gun unloaded and no bow and
25arrow device shall be carried with the arrow in the nocked
26position during hours when deer hunting is unlawful.



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1    It shall be unlawful for any person, having taken the legal
2limit of deer by gun, to further participate with gun in any
3deer hunting party.
4    It shall be unlawful for any person, having taken the legal
5limit of deer by bow and arrow, to further participate with bow
6and arrow in any deer hunting party.
7    The Department may prohibit upland game hunting during the
8gun deer season by administrative rule.
9    The Department shall not limit the number of non-resident,
10either-sex archery deer hunting permits to less than 20,000.
11    Any person who violates any of the provisions of this
12Section, including administrative rules, shall be guilty of a
13Class B misdemeanor.
14    For the purposes of calculating acreage under this Section,
15the Department shall, after determining the total acreage of
16the applicable tract or tracts of land, round remaining
17fractional portions of an acre greater than or equal to half of
18an acre up to the next whole acre.
19    For the purposes of taking white-tailed deer, nothing in
20this Section shall be construed to prevent the manipulation,
21including mowing or cutting, of standing crops as a normal
22agricultural or soil stabilization practice, food plots, or
23normal agricultural practices, including planting, harvesting,
24and maintenance such as cultivating or the use of products
25designed for scent only and not capable of ingestion, solid or
26liquid, placed or scattered, in such a manner as to attract or



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1lure deer. Such manipulation for the purpose of taking
2white-tailed deer may be further modified by administrative
4(Source: P.A. 99-642, eff. 7-28-16; 99-869, eff. 1-1-17;
5100-691, eff. 1-1-19; 100-949, eff. 1-1-19; revised 10-9-18.)