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(520 ILCS 30/15)
(a) Subject to valid existing rights, Department-managed lands shall be open
access and use for recreational hunting except as limited by the Department for
reasons of public safety, fish or wildlife management, or homeland security or
as otherwise limited by law.
(b) The Department shall exercise its authority, consistent with subsection
(a), in a manner to support, promote, and enhance recreational hunting
opportunities, to the extent authorized by State law.
The Department is not required to give preference to hunting over other uses
of Department-managed lands or over land or water management priorities
established by Department regulations or State law.
(c) Department land management decisions and actions may not, to the
greatest practical extent, result in any net loss of habitat available for
hunting opportunities on Department-managed lands that exists on the effective
date of this Act.
(d) By October 1 of each year, the Director shall submit to the General
a written report describing:
(1) the acreage administered by the Department that
has been closed during the previous year to recreational hunting and the reasons for the closures; and
(2) the acreage administered by the Department that,
in order to comply with subsection (c), was opened to recreational hunting to compensate for those acreage closed under paragraph (1).
(Source: P.A. 95-118, eff. 8-13-07.)