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Full Text of SB2281  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
53.2 as follows:
6    (520 ILCS 5/3.2)  (from Ch. 61, par. 3.2)
7    Sec. 3.2. Hunting license; application; instruction.
8Before the Department or any county, city, village, township,
9incorporated town clerk or his duly designated agent or any
10other person authorized or designated by the Department to
11issue hunting licenses shall issue a hunting license to any
12person, the person shall file his application with the
13Department or other party authorized to issue licenses on a
14form provided by the Department and further give definite proof
15of identity and place of legal residence. Each clerk
16designating agents to issue licenses and stamps shall furnish
17the Department, within 10 days following the appointment, the
18names and mailing addresses of the agents. Each clerk or his
19duly designated agent shall be authorized to sell licenses and
20stamps only within the territorial area for which he was
21elected or appointed. No duly designated agent is authorized to
22furnish licenses or stamps for issuance by any other business
23establishment. Each application shall be executed and sworn to



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1and shall set forth the name and description of the applicant
2and place of residence.
3    No hunting license shall be issued to any person born on or
4after January 1, 1980 unless he presents the person authorized
5to issue the license evidence that he has held a hunting
6license issued by the State of Illinois or another state in a
7prior year, or a certificate of competency as provided in this
8Section. Persons under 16 years of age may be issued a Lifetime
9Hunting or Sportsmen's Combination License as provided under
10Section 20-45 of the Fish and Aquatic Life Code but shall not
11be entitled to hunt unless they have a certificate of
12competency as provided in this Section and they shall have the
13certificate in their possession while hunting.
14    The Department of Natural Resources shall authorize
15personnel of the Department or certified volunteer instructors
16to conduct courses, of not less than 10 hours in length, in
17firearms and hunter safety, which may include training in bow
18and arrow safety, at regularly specified intervals throughout
19the State. Persons successfully completing the course shall
20receive a certificate of competency. The Department of Natural
21Resources may further cooperate with any reputable association
22or organization in establishing courses if the organization has
23as one of its objectives the promotion of safety in the
24handling of firearms or bow and arrow.
25    The Department of Natural Resources shall designate any
26person found by it to be competent to give instruction in the



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1handling of firearms, hunter safety, and bow and arrow. The
2persons so appointed shall give the course of instruction and
3upon the successful completion shall issue to the person
4instructed a certificate of competency in the safe handling of
5firearms, hunter safety, and bow and arrow. No charge shall be
6made for any course of instruction except for materials or
7ammunition consumed. The Department of Natural Resources shall
8furnish information on the requirements of hunter safety
9education programs to be distributed free of charge to
10applicants for hunting licenses by the persons appointed and
11authorized to issue licenses. Funds for the conducting of
12firearms and hunter safety courses shall be taken from the fee
13charged for the Firearm Owners Identification Card.
14    The fee for a hunting license to hunt all species for a
15resident of Illinois is $12. For residents age 65 or older,
16and, commencing with the 2012 license year, resident veterans
17of the United States Armed Forces after returning from service
18abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States,
19the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a hunting license to
20hunt all species for a resident of Illinois. Veterans must
21provide to the Department, at one of the Department's 5
22regional offices, verification of their service. The
23Department shall establish what constitutes suitable
24verification of service for the purpose of issuing resident
25veterans hunting licenses at a reduced fee. Nonresidents shall
26be charged $57 for a hunting license.



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1    Nonresidents may be issued a nonresident hunting license
2for a period not to exceed 10 consecutive days' hunting in the
3State and shall be charged a fee of $35.
4    A special nonresident hunting license authorizing a
5nonresident to take game birds by hunting on a game breeding
6and hunting preserve area only, established under Section 3.27,
7shall be issued upon proper application being made and payment
8of a fee equal to that for a resident hunting license. The
9expiration date of this license shall be on the same date each
10year that game breeding and hunting preserve area licenses
12    Each applicant for a State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp,
13regardless of his residence or other condition, shall pay a fee
14of $15 and shall receive a stamp. Except as provided under
15Section 20-45 of the Fish and Aquatic Life Code, the stamp
16shall be signed by the person or affixed to his license or
17permit in a space designated by the Department for that
19    Each applicant for a State Habitat Stamp, regardless of his
20residence or other condition, shall pay a fee of $5 and shall
21receive a stamp unless the applicant is an Illinois landowner
22who wishes to hunt on their own land or is a spouse or child of
23the Illinois landowner and who permanently resides in Illinois,
24then the landowner or the specified family member shall be
25exempt from the $5 fee. Except as provided under Section 20-45
26of the Fish and Aquatic Life Code, the stamp shall be signed by



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1the person or affixed to his or her license or permit in a
2space designated by the Department for that purpose.
3    Nothing in this Section shall be construed as to require
4the purchase of more than one State Habitat Stamp by any person
5in any one license year.
6    The Department shall furnish the holders of hunting
7licenses and stamps with an insignia as evidence of possession
8of license, or license and stamp, as the Department may
9consider advisable. The insignia shall be exhibited and used as
10the Department may order.
11    All other hunting licenses and all State stamps shall
12expire upon March 31 of each year.
13    Every person holding any license, permit, or stamp issued
14under the provisions of this Act shall have it in his
15possession for immediate presentation for inspection to the
16officers and authorized employees of the Department, any
17sheriff, deputy sheriff, or any other peace officer making a
18demand for it. This provision shall not apply to Department
19owned or managed sites where it is required that all hunters
20deposit their license, permit, or Firearm Owner's
21Identification Card at the check station upon entering the
22hunting areas.
23(Source: P.A. 96-831, eff. 1-1-10; 97-498, eff. 4-1-12.)