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Full Text of HB5514  98th General Assembly




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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
52.30 as follows:
6    (520 ILCS 5/2.30)  (from Ch. 61, par. 2.30)
7    Sec. 2.30. It shall be unlawful for any person to trap or
8to hunt with gun, dog, dog and gun, or bow and arrow, gray fox,
9red fox, raccoon, weasel, mink, muskrat, badger, and opossum
10except during the open season which will be set annually by the
11Director between 12:01 a.m., November 1 to 12:00 midnight,
12February 15, both inclusive.
13    It is unlawful for any person to take bobcat in this State
14at any time.
15    It is unlawful to pursue any fur-bearing mammal with a dog
16or dogs between the hours of sunset and sunrise during the 10
17day period preceding the opening date of the raccoon hunting
18season and the 10 day period following the closing date of the
19raccoon hunting season except that the Department may issue
20field trial permits in accordance with Section 2.34 of this
21Act. A non-resident from a state with more restrictive
22fur-bearer pursuit regulations for any particular species than
23provided for that species in this Act may not pursue that



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1species in Illinois except during the period of time that
2Illinois residents are allowed to pursue that species in the
3non-resident's state of residence. Hound running areas
4approved by the Department shall be exempt from the provisions
5of this Section.
6    It shall be unlawful to take beaver, river otter, weasel,
7mink, or muskrat except during the open season set annually by
8the Director, and then, only with traps, except that a firearm,
9pistol, or airgun of a caliber not larger than a .22 long rifle
10may be used to remove the animal from the trap.
11    It shall be unlawful for any person to trap beaver or river
12otter with traps except during the open season which will be
13set annually by the Director between 12:01 a.m., November 1st
14and 12:00 midnight, March 31, both inclusive.
15    Coyote may be taken by trapping methods only during the
16period from September 1 to March 1, both inclusive, and by
17hunting methods at any time.
18    Striped skunk may be taken by trapping methods only during
19the period from September 1 to March 1, both inclusive, and by
20hunting methods at any time.
21    Muskrat may be taken by trapping methods during an open
22season set annually by the Director.
23    For the purpose of taking fur-bearing mammals, the State
24may be divided into management zones by administrative rule.
25    It shall be unlawful to take or possess more than the
26season limit or possession limit of fur-bearing mammals that



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1shall be set annually by the Director. The season limit for
2river otter shall not exceed 5 river otters per person per
3season. Possession limits shall not apply to fur buyers,
4tanners, manufacturers, and taxidermists, as defined by this
5Act, who possess fur-bearing mammals in accordance with laws
6governing such activities.
7    Nothing in this Section shall prohibit the taking or
8possessing of fur-bearing mammals found dead or
9unintentionally killed by a vehicle along a roadway during the
10open season provided the person who possesses such fur-bearing
11mammals has all appropriate licenses, stamps, or permits; the
12season for which the species possessed is open; and that such
13possession and disposal of such fur-bearing mammals is
14otherwise subject to the provisions of this Section.
15    The provisions of this Section are subject to modification
16by administrative rule.
17(Source: P.A. 97-19, eff. 6-28-11; 97-31, eff. 6-28-11; 97-628,
18eff. 11-10-11; 98-463, eff. 8-16-13.)
19    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
20becoming law.