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(520 ILCS 5/2.18-1)
(from Ch. 61, par. 2.18-1)
(a) It shall be lawful for any person who holds the licenses,
permits and stamps required by this Act for the taking of migratory waterfowl
to use, in addition to or in lieu of any other authorized ammunition, either
lead or steel shotgun pellets in taking such waterfowl at any location in
the State where the hunting of migratory waterfowl is authorized,
except as provided under subsection (b) of this Section and at specific
sites where there are documented cases of lead poisoning
of waterfowl and all alternative methods of alleviating lead poisoning (such
as dewatering, flooding and/or tillage) have been determined to be unsuccessful
in preventing lead poisoning losses of waterfowl. At such specific sites,
shot shell ammunition containing non-toxic pellets, such as steel, shall
be used. These specific sites may be designated
by the Department after statewide public hearings have been conducted and
the results of such hearings have been reviewed.
(b) The Department shall be authorized to designate by rule,
pursuant to the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, areas that shall be
limited to the use of non-toxic
pellets; provided, however, that such authorization shall only exist for
those areas which the federal government has mandated shall be closed to
all waterfowl hunting unless the State agrees to the prohibition of the use
of toxic shotgun pellets.
No State agency shall issue or make any rule, regulation, order or agreement
which is in conflict with this Section.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)