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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. The
2fees for a youth resident and non-resident archery deer permit
3shall be the same.
4    The Department shall create a pilot program for youth deer
5hunters statewide. Under the pilot program, the Department
6shall issue 1,500 youth deer licenses annually. The Department
7shall adopt rules to implement the pilot program. The
8provisions of this paragraph are inoperative on and after
9January 1, 2023.
10    The standards and specifications for use of guns and bow
11and arrow for deer hunting shall be established by
12administrative rule.
13    No person may have in his or her possession any firearm not
14authorized by administrative rule for a specific hunting season
15when taking deer.
16    Persons having a firearm deer hunting permit shall be
17permitted to take deer only during the period from 1/2 hour
18before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, and only during those
19days for which an open season is established for the taking of
20deer by use of shotgun, handgun, or muzzle loading rifle.
21    Persons having an archery deer hunting permit shall be
22permitted to take deer only during the period from 1/2 hour
23before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, and only during those
24days for which an open season is established for the taking of
25deer by use of bow and arrow.
26    It shall be unlawful for any person to take deer by use of



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



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1administrative rule.
2    Persons hunting deer must have gun unloaded and no bow and
3arrow device shall be carried with the arrow in the nocked
4position during hours when deer hunting is unlawful.
5    It shall be unlawful for any person, having taken the legal
6limit of deer by gun, to further participate with gun in any
7deer hunting party.
8    It shall be unlawful for any person, having taken the legal
9limit of deer by bow and arrow, to further participate with bow
10and arrow in any deer hunting party.
11    The Department may prohibit upland game hunting during the
12gun deer season by administrative rule.
13    The Department shall not limit the number of non-resident,
14either-sex archery deer hunting permits to less than 20,000.
15    Any person who violates any of the provisions of this
16Section, including administrative rules, shall be guilty of a
17Class B misdemeanor.
18    For the purposes of calculating acreage under this Section,
19the Department shall, after determining the total acreage of
20the applicable tract or tracts of land, round remaining
21fractional portions of an acre greater than or equal to half of
22an acre up to the next whole acre.
23    For the purposes of taking white-tailed deer, nothing in
24this Section shall be construed to prevent the manipulation,
25including mowing or cutting, of standing crops as a normal
26agricultural or soil stabilization practice, food plots, or



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1normal agricultural practices, including planting, harvesting,
2and maintenance such as cultivating or the use of products
3designed for scent only and not capable of ingestion, solid or
4liquid, placed or scattered, in such a manner as to attract or
5lure deer. Such manipulation for the purpose of taking
6white-tailed deer may be further modified by administrative
8(Source: P.A. 99-642, eff. 7-28-16; 99-869, eff. 1-1-17;
9100-691, eff. 1-1-19; 100-949, eff. 1-1-19; revised 10-9-18.)