Bill Text: IL SB1467 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Engrossed


Bill Title: Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that any person may use a crossbow to take any animal during the appropriate archery season. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 3-1)

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-05-10 - Referred to Rules Committee [SB1467 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-SB1467-Engrossed.html



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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
52.33 as follows:
6 (520 ILCS 5/2.33) (from Ch. 61, par. 2.33)
7 Sec. 2.33. Prohibitions.
8 (a) It is unlawful to carry or possess any gun in any State
9refuge unless otherwise permitted by administrative rule.
10 (b) It is unlawful to use or possess any snare or
11snare-like device, deadfall, net, or pit trap to take any
12species, except that snares not powered by springs or other
13mechanical devices may be used to trap fur-bearing mammals, in
14water sets only, if at least one-half of the snare noose is
15located underwater at all times.
16 (c) It is unlawful for any person at any time to take a
17wild mammal protected by this Act from its den by means of any
18mechanical device, spade, or digging device or to use smoke or
19other gases to dislodge or remove such mammal except as
20provided in Section 2.37.
21 (d) It is unlawful to use a ferret or any other small
22mammal which is used in the same or similar manner for which
23ferrets are used for the purpose of frightening or driving any

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1mammals from their dens or hiding places.
2 (e) (Blank).
3 (f) It is unlawful to use spears, gigs, hooks or any like
4device to take any species protected by this Act.
5 (g) It is unlawful to use poisons, chemicals or explosives
6for the purpose of taking any species protected by this Act.
7 (h) It is unlawful to hunt adjacent to or near any peat,
8grass, brush or other inflammable substance when it is burning.
9 (i) It is unlawful to take, pursue or intentionally harass
10or disturb in any manner any wild birds or mammals by use or
11aid of any vehicle or conveyance, except as permitted by the
12Code of Federal Regulations for the taking of waterfowl. It is
13also unlawful to use the lights of any vehicle or conveyance or
14any light from or any light connected to the vehicle or
15conveyance in any area where wildlife may be found except in
16accordance with Section 2.37 of this Act; however, nothing in
17this Section shall prohibit the normal use of headlamps for the
18purpose of driving upon a roadway. Striped skunk, opossum, red
19fox, gray fox, raccoon, bobcat, and coyote may be taken during
20the open season by use of a small light which is worn on the
21body or hand-held by a person on foot and not in any vehicle.
22 (j) It is unlawful to use any shotgun larger than 10 gauge
23while taking or attempting to take any of the species protected
24by this Act.
25 (k) It is unlawful to use or possess in the field any
26shotgun shell loaded with a shot size larger than lead BB or

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1steel T (.20 diameter) when taking or attempting to take any
2species of wild game mammals (excluding white-tailed deer),
3wild game birds, migratory waterfowl or migratory game birds
4protected by this Act, except white-tailed deer as provided for
5in Section 2.26 and other species as provided for by subsection
6(l) or administrative rule.
7 (l) It is unlawful to take any species of wild game, except
8white-tailed deer and fur-bearing mammals, with a shotgun
9loaded with slugs unless otherwise provided for by
10administrative rule.
11 (m) It is unlawful to use any shotgun capable of holding
12more than 3 shells in the magazine or chamber combined, except
13on game breeding and hunting preserve areas licensed under
14Section 3.27 and except as permitted by the Code of Federal
15Regulations for the taking of waterfowl. If the shotgun is
16capable of holding more than 3 shells, it shall, while being
17used on an area other than a game breeding and shooting
18preserve area licensed pursuant to Section 3.27, be fitted with
19a one piece plug that is irremovable without dismantling the
20shotgun or otherwise altered to render it incapable of holding
21more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber, combined.
22 (n) It is unlawful for any person, except persons who
23possess a permit to hunt from a vehicle as provided in this
24Section and persons otherwise permitted by law, to have or
25carry any gun in or on any vehicle, conveyance or aircraft,
26unless such gun is unloaded and enclosed in a case, except that

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1at field trials authorized by Section 2.34 of this Act,
2unloaded guns or guns loaded with blank cartridges only, may be
3carried on horseback while not contained in a case, or to have
4or carry any bow or arrow device in or on any vehicle unless
5such bow or arrow device is unstrung or enclosed in a case, or
6otherwise made inoperable.
7 (o) (Blank). It is unlawful to use any crossbow for the
8purpose of taking any wild birds or mammals, except as provided
9for in Section 2.5.
10 (p) It is unlawful to take game birds, migratory game birds
11or migratory waterfowl with a rifle, pistol, revolver or
12airgun.
13 (q) It is unlawful to fire a rifle, pistol, revolver or
14airgun on, over or into any waters of this State, including
15frozen waters.
16 (r) It is unlawful to discharge any gun or bow and arrow
17device along, upon, across, or from any public right-of-way or
18highway in this State.
19 (s) It is unlawful to use a silencer or other device to
20muffle or mute the sound of the explosion or report resulting
21from the firing of any gun.
22 (t) It is unlawful for any person to take or attempt to
23take any species of wildlife or parts thereof, intentionally or
24wantonly allow a dog to hunt, within or upon the land of
25another, or upon waters flowing over or standing on the land of
26another, or to knowingly shoot a gun or bow and arrow device at

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1any wildlife physically on or flying over the property of
2another without first obtaining permission from the owner or
3the owner's designee. For the purposes of this Section, the
4owner's designee means anyone who the owner designates in a
5written authorization and the authorization must contain (i)
6the legal or common description of property for such authority
7is given, (ii) the extent that the owner's designee is
8authorized to make decisions regarding who is allowed to take
9or attempt to take any species of wildlife or parts thereof,
10and (iii) the owner's notarized signature. Before enforcing
11this Section the law enforcement officer must have received
12notice from the owner or the owner's designee of a violation of
13this Section. Statements made to the law enforcement officer
14regarding this notice shall not be rendered inadmissible by the
15hearsay rule when offered for the purpose of showing the
16required notice.
17 (u) It is unlawful for any person to discharge any firearm
18for the purpose of taking any of the species protected by this
19Act, or hunt with gun or dog, or intentionally or wantonly
20allow a dog to hunt, within 300 yards of an inhabited dwelling
21without first obtaining permission from the owner or tenant,
22except that while trapping, hunting with bow and arrow, hunting
23with dog and shotgun using shot shells only, or hunting with
24shotgun using shot shells only, or providing outfitting
25services under a waterfowl outfitter permit, or on licensed
26game breeding and hunting preserve areas, as defined in Section

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13.27, on federally owned and managed lands and on Department
2owned, managed, leased, or controlled lands, a 100 yard
3restriction shall apply.
4 (v) It is unlawful for any person to remove fur-bearing
5mammals from, or to move or disturb in any manner, the traps
6owned by another person without written authorization of the
7owner to do so.
8 (w) It is unlawful for any owner of a dog to knowingly or
9wantonly allow his or her dog to pursue, harass or kill deer,
10except that nothing in this Section shall prohibit the tracking
11of wounded deer with a dog in accordance with the provisions of
12Section 2.26 of this Code.
13 (x) It is unlawful for any person to wantonly or carelessly
14injure or destroy, in any manner whatsoever, any real or
15personal property on the land of another while engaged in
16hunting or trapping thereon.
17 (y) It is unlawful to hunt wild game protected by this Act
18between one half hour after sunset and one half hour before
19sunrise, except that hunting hours between one half hour after
20sunset and one half hour before sunrise may be established by
21administrative rule for fur-bearing mammals.
22 (z) It is unlawful to take any game bird (excluding wild
23turkeys and crippled pheasants not capable of normal flight and
24otherwise irretrievable) protected by this Act when not flying.
25Nothing in this Section shall prohibit a person from carrying
26an uncased, unloaded shotgun in a boat, while in pursuit of a

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1crippled migratory waterfowl that is incapable of normal
2flight, for the purpose of attempting to reduce the migratory
3waterfowl to possession, provided that the attempt is made
4immediately upon downing the migratory waterfowl and is done
5within 400 yards of the blind from which the migratory
6waterfowl was downed. This exception shall apply only to
7migratory game birds that are not capable of normal flight.
8Migratory waterfowl that are crippled may be taken only with a
9shotgun as regulated by subsection (j) of this Section using
10shotgun shells as regulated in subsection (k) of this Section.
11 (aa) It is unlawful to use or possess any device that may
12be used for tree climbing or cutting, while hunting fur-bearing
13mammals, excluding coyotes.
14 (bb) It is unlawful for any person, except licensed game
15breeders, pursuant to Section 2.29 to import, carry into, or
16possess alive in this State any species of wildlife taken
17outside of this State, without obtaining permission to do so
18from the Director.
19 (cc) It is unlawful for any person to have in his or her
20possession any freshly killed species protected by this Act
21during the season closed for taking.
22 (dd) It is unlawful to take any species protected by this
23Act and retain it alive except as provided by administrative
24rule.
25 (ee) It is unlawful to possess any rifle while in the field
26during gun deer season except as provided in Section 2.26 and

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1administrative rules.
2 (ff) It is unlawful for any person to take any species
3protected by this Act, except migratory waterfowl, during the
4gun deer hunting season in those counties open to gun deer
5hunting, unless he or she wears, when in the field, a cap and
6upper outer garment of a solid blaze orange color, with such
7articles of clothing displaying a minimum of 400 square inches
8of blaze orange material.
9 (gg) It is unlawful during the upland game season for any
10person to take upland game with a firearm unless he or she
11wears, while in the field, a cap of solid blaze orange color.
12For purposes of this Act, upland game is defined as Bobwhite
13Quail, Hungarian Partridge, Ring-necked Pheasant, Eastern
14Cottontail and Swamp Rabbit.
15 (hh) It shall be unlawful to kill or cripple any species
16protected by this Act for which there is a bag limit without
17making a reasonable effort to retrieve such species and include
18such in the bag limit. It shall be unlawful for any person
19having control over harvested game mammals, game birds, or
20migratory game birds for which there is a bag limit to wantonly
21waste or destroy the usable meat of the game, except this shall
22not apply to wildlife taken under Sections 2.37 or 3.22 of this
23Code. For purposes of this subsection, "usable meat" means the
24breast meat of a game bird or migratory game bird and the hind
25ham and front shoulders of a game mammal. It shall be unlawful
26for any person to place, leave, dump, or abandon a wildlife

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1carcass or parts of it along or upon a public right-of-way or
2highway or on public or private property, including a waterway
3or stream, without the permission of the owner or tenant. It
4shall not be unlawful to discard game meat that is determined
5to be unfit for human consumption.
6 (ii) This Section shall apply only to those species
7protected by this Act taken within the State. Any species or
8any parts thereof, legally taken in and transported from other
9states or countries, may be possessed within the State, except
10as provided in this Section and Sections 2.35, 2.36 and 3.21.
11 (jj) (Blank).
12 (kk) Nothing contained in this Section shall prohibit the
13Director from issuing permits to paraplegics or to other
14persons with disabilities who meet the requirements set forth
15in administrative rule to shoot or hunt from a vehicle as
16provided by that rule, provided that such is otherwise in
17accord with this Act.
18 (ll) Nothing contained in this Act shall prohibit the
19taking of aquatic life protected by the Fish and Aquatic Life
20Code or birds and mammals protected by this Act, except deer
21and fur-bearing mammals, from a boat not camouflaged or
22disguised to alter its identity or to further provide a place
23of concealment and not propelled by sail or mechanical power.
24However, only shotguns not larger than 10 gauge nor smaller
25than .410 bore loaded with not more than 3 shells of a shot
26size no larger than lead BB or steel T (.20 diameter) may be

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1used to take species protected by this Act.
2 (mm) Nothing contained in this Act shall prohibit the use
3of a shotgun, not larger than 10 gauge nor smaller than a 20
4gauge, with a rifled barrel.
5 (nn) It shall be unlawful to possess any species of
6wildlife or wildlife parts taken unlawfully in Illinois, any
7other state, or any other country, whether or not the wildlife
8or wildlife parts is indigenous to Illinois. For the purposes
9of this subsection, the statute of limitations for unlawful
10possession of wildlife or wildlife parts shall not cease until
112 years after the possession has permanently ended.
12(Source: P.A. 98-119, eff. 1-1-14; 98-181, eff. 8-5-13; 98-183,
13eff. 1-1-14; 98-290, eff. 8-9-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14; 98-914,
14eff. 1-1-15; 99-33, eff. 1-1-16; 99-143, eff. 7-27-15; 99-642,
15eff. 7-28-16.)
16 (520 ILCS 5/2.5 rep.)
17 (520 ILCS 5/2.5a rep.)
18 Section 10. The Wildlife Code is amended by repealing
19Sections 2.5 and 2.5a.
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