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Full Text of HB3623  101st General Assembly


Sen. Paul Schimpf

Filed: 5/23/2019





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 3623 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Wildlife Code is amended by changing
5Sections 2.26 and 3.1-5 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



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1Department may by administrative rule provide for non-resident
2deer hunting permits for which the fee will not exceed $300 in
32005, $350 in 2006, and $400 in 2007 and thereafter except as
4provided below for non-resident landowners and non-resident
5archery hunters. The Department may by administrative rule
6provide for a non-resident archery deer permit consisting of
7not more than 2 harvest tags at a total cost not to exceed $325
8in 2005, $375 in 2006, and $425 in 2007 and thereafter. The
9fees for a youth resident and non-resident archery deer permit
10shall be the same.
11    The Department shall create a pilot program during the
12special 3-day, youth-only deer hunting season to allow for
13youth deer hunting permits that are valid statewide, excluding
14those counties or portions of counties closed to firearm deer
15hunting. The Department shall adopt rules to implement the
16pilot program. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to
17prohibit the Department from issuing Special Hunt Area Permits
18for the youth-only deer hunting season or establishing, through
19administrative rule, additional requirements pertaining to the
20youth-only deer hunting season on Department-owned or
21Department-managed sites, including site-specific quotas or
22drawings. The provisions of this paragraph are inoperative on
23and after January 1, 2023.
24    The standards and specifications for use of guns and bow
25and arrow for deer hunting shall be established by
26administrative rule.



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1    No person may have in his or her possession any firearm not
2authorized by administrative rule for a specific hunting season
3when taking deer.
4    Persons having a firearm deer hunting permit shall be
5permitted to take deer only during the period from 1/2 hour
6before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, and only during those
7days for which an open season is established for the taking of
8deer by use of shotgun, handgun, or muzzle loading rifle.
9    Persons having an archery deer hunting permit shall be
10permitted to take deer only during the period from 1/2 hour
11before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, and only during those
12days for which an open season is established for the taking of
13deer by use of bow and arrow.
14    It shall be unlawful for any person to take deer by use of
15dogs, horses, automobiles, aircraft or other vehicles, or by
16the use or aid of bait or baiting of any kind. For the purposes
17of this Section, "bait" means any material, whether liquid or
18solid, including food, salt, minerals, and other products,
19except pure water, that can be ingested, placed, or scattered
20in such a manner as to attract or lure white-tailed deer.
21"Baiting" means the placement or scattering of bait to attract
22deer. An area is considered as baited during the presence of
23and for 10 consecutive days following the removal of bait.
24Nothing in this Section shall prohibit the use of a dog to
25track wounded deer. Any person using a dog for tracking wounded
26deer must maintain physical control of the dog at all times by



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1means of a maximum 50 foot lead attached to the dog's collar or
2harness. Tracking wounded deer is permissible at night, but at
3no time outside of legal deer hunting hours or seasons shall
4any person handling or accompanying a dog being used for
5tracking wounded deer be in possession of any firearm or
6archery device. Persons tracking wounded deer with a dog during
7the firearm deer seasons shall wear blaze orange or solid blaze
8pink color as required. Dog handlers tracking wounded deer with
9a dog are exempt from hunting license and deer permit
10requirements so long as they are accompanied by the licensed
11deer hunter who wounded the deer.
12    It shall be unlawful to possess or transport any wild deer
13which has been injured or killed in any manner upon a public
14highway or public right-of-way of this State unless exempted by
15administrative rule.
16    Persons hunting deer must have gun unloaded and no bow and
17arrow device shall be carried with the arrow in the nocked
18position during hours when deer hunting is unlawful.
19    It shall be unlawful for any person, having taken the legal
20limit of deer by gun, to further participate with gun in any
21deer hunting party.
22    It shall be unlawful for any person, having taken the legal
23limit of deer by bow and arrow, to further participate with bow
24and arrow in any deer hunting party.
25    The Department may prohibit upland game hunting during the
26gun deer season by administrative rule.



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1    The Department shall not limit the number of non-resident,
2either-sex archery deer hunting permits to less than 20,000.
3    Any person who violates any of the provisions of this
4Section, including administrative rules, shall be guilty of a
5Class B misdemeanor.
6    For the purposes of calculating acreage under this Section,
7the Department shall, after determining the total acreage of
8the applicable tract or tracts of land, round remaining
9fractional portions of an acre greater than or equal to half of
10an acre up to the next whole acre.
11    For the purposes of taking white-tailed deer, nothing in
12this Section shall be construed to prevent the manipulation,
13including mowing or cutting, of standing crops as a normal
14agricultural or soil stabilization practice, food plots, or
15normal agricultural practices, including planting, harvesting,
16and maintenance such as cultivating or the use of products
17designed for scent only and not capable of ingestion, solid or
18liquid, placed or scattered, in such a manner as to attract or
19lure deer. Such manipulation for the purpose of taking
20white-tailed deer may be further modified by administrative
22(Source: P.A. 99-642, eff. 7-28-16; 99-869, eff. 1-1-17;
23100-691, eff. 1-1-19; 100-949, eff. 1-1-19; revised 10-9-18.)
24    (520 ILCS 5/3.1-5)
25    Sec. 3.1-5. Apprentice Hunter License Program.



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1    (a) The Department shall establish an Apprentice Hunter
2License Program. The purpose of this Program shall be to extend
3limited hunting privileges, in lieu of obtaining a valid
4hunting license, to persons interested in learning about
5hunting sports.
6    (b) Any resident or nonresident may apply to the Department
7for an Apprentice Hunter License. The Apprentice Hunter License
8shall be a one-time, non-renewable license that shall expire on
9the March 31 following the date of issuance.
10    (c) The Apprentice Hunter License shall entitle the
11licensee to hunt on private property while supervised by a
12validly licensed resident or nonresident hunter who is 21 years
13of age or older.
14    (c-5) The Apprentice Hunter License shall entitle the
15licensee to hunt on public property while supervised by a
16validly licensed resident or nonresident who is 21 years of age
17or older and has a hunter education certificate.
18    (d) In order to be approved for the Apprentice Hunter
19License, the applicant must request an Apprentice Hunter
20License on a form designated and made available by the
21Department and submit a $7 fee, which shall be separate from
22and additional to any other stamp, permit, tag, or license fee
23that may be required for hunting under this Code. The
24Department shall adopt suitable administrative rules that are
25reasonable and necessary for the administration of the program,
26but shall not require any certificate of competency or other



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1hunting education as a condition of the Apprentice Hunter
3(Source: P.A. 100-638, eff. 1-1-19.)".