HB2817 93rd General Assembly


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 1        AN ACT concerning hunting.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.  The  Wildlife  Code  is  amended by changing
 5    Section 3.2 as follows:

 6        (520 ILCS 5/3.2) (from Ch. 61, par. 3.2)
 7        Sec.  3.2.  Hunting  license;  application;  instruction.
 8    Before the Department or any county, city, village, township,
 9    incorporated town clerk or his duly designated agent  or  any
10    other  person  authorized  or designated by the Department to
11    issue hunting licenses shall issue a hunting license  to  any
12    person,  the  person  shall  file  his  application  with the
13    Department or other party authorized to issue licenses  on  a
14    form  provided  by  the  Department and further give definite
15    proof of identity and place of legal residence.   Each  clerk
16    designating agents to issue licenses and stamps shall furnish
17    the Department, within 10 days following the appointment, the
18    names and mailing addresses of the agents.  Each clerk or his
19    duly  designated  agent  shall be authorized to sell licenses
20    and stamps only within the territorial area for which he  was
21    elected or appointed.  No duly designated agent is authorized
22    to  furnish  licenses  or  stamps  for  issuance by any other
23    business establishment.  Each application shall  be  executed
24    and  sworn to and shall set forth the name and description of
25    the applicant and place of residence.
26        No hunting license shall be issued to any person born  on
27    or  after  January  1,  1980  unless  he  presents the person
28    authorized to issue the license evidence that he has  held  a
29    hunting  license  issued  by the State of Illinois or another
30    state in a prior year, or  a  certificate  of  competency  as
31    provided  in this Section.  Persons under 16 years of age may
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 1    be issued  a  Lifetime  Hunting  or  Sportsmen's  Combination
 2    License  as  provided  under  Section  20-45  of the Fish and
 3    Aquatic Life Code but shall not be entitled  to  hunt  unless
 4    they  have  a  certificate  of competency as provided in this
 5    Section  and  they  shall  have  the  certificate  in   their
 6    possession while hunting.
 7        The  Department  of  Natural  Resources  shall  authorize
 8    personnel   of   the   Department   or   certified  volunteer
 9    instructors to conduct courses, of not less than 10 hours  in
10    length,  in  firearms  and  hunter  safety, which may include
11    training in bow and  arrow  safety,  at  regularly  specified
12    intervals   throughout   the   State.   Persons  successfully
13    completing  the  course  shall  receive  a   certificate   of
14    competency.   The Department of Natural Resources may further
15    cooperate with any reputable association or  organization  in
16    establishing  courses  if  the organization has as one of its
17    objectives  the  promotion  of  safety  in  the  handling  of
18    firearms or bow and arrow.
19        The Department of Natural Resources shall  designate  any
20    person  found  by  it to be competent  to give instruction in
21    the handling of firearms, hunter safety, and bow  and  arrow.
22    The persons so appointed shall give the course of instruction
23    and  upon the successful completion shall issue to the person
24    instructed a certificate of competency in the  safe  handling
25    of  firearms,  hunter  safety,  and bow and arrow.  No charge
26    shall be made  for  any  course  of  instruction  except  for
27    materials  or ammunition consumed.  The Department of Natural
28    Resources shall furnish information on  the  requirements  of
29    hunter  safety  education  programs to be distributed free of
30    charge to applicants for  hunting  licenses  by  the  persons
31    appointed  and  authorized  to issue licenses.  Funds for the
32    conducting of firearms and hunter  safety  courses  shall  be
33    taken   from   the   fee   charged  for  the  Firearm  Owners
34    Identification Card.
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 1        The fee for a hunting license to hunt all species  for  a
 2    resident  of  Illinois is $7.  For residents age 65 or older,
 3    the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a hunting  license
 4    to  hunt all species for a resident of Illinois. Nonresidents
 5    shall be charged $50 for a hunting license.
 6        Nonresidents may be issued a nonresident hunting  license
 7    for  a  period  not to exceed 10 consecutive days' hunting in
 8    the State and shall be charged a fee of $28.
 9        A  special  nonresident  hunting  license  authorizing  a
10    nonresident to take game birds by hunting on a game  breeding
11    and  hunting  preserve  area  only, established under Section
12    3.27, shall be issued upon proper application being made  and
13    payment  of  a  fee  equal  to  that  for  a resident hunting
14    license.  The expiration date of this license shall be  March
15    31 of each year.
16        Each  applicant  for  a  State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp,
17    regardless of his residence or other condition, shall  pay  a
18    fee  of  $10  and  shall  receive a stamp. Except as provided
19    under Section 20-45 of the Fish and Aquatic  Life  Code,  the
20    stamp shall be signed by the person or affixed to his license
21    or  permit  in  a space designated by the Department for that
22    purpose.
23        Each applicant for a State Habitat Stamp,  regardless  of
24    his  residence  or other condition, shall pay a fee of $5 and
25    shall receive a stamp. Except as provided under Section 20-45
26    of the Fish and Aquatic Life Code, the stamp shall be  signed
27    by  the person or affixed to his license or permit in a space
28    designated by the Department for that purpose.
29        Nothing in this Section shall be construed as to  require
30    the  purchase  of  more  than  one State Habitat Stamp by any
31    person in any one license year.
32        The Department  shall  furnish  the  holders  of  hunting
33    licenses   and   stamps  with  an  insignia  as  evidence  of
34    possession  of  license,  or  license  and  stamp,   as   the
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 1    Department  may  consider  advisable.   The insignia shall be
 2    exhibited and used as the Department may order.
 3        All other hunting licenses and  all  State  stamps  shall
 4    expire upon March 31 of each year.
 5        Every person holding any license, permit, or stamp issued
 6    under  the  provisions  of  this  Act  shall  have  it in his
 7    possession for immediate presentation for inspection  to  the
 8    officers  and  authorized  employees  of  the Department, any
 9    sheriff, deputy sheriff, or any other peace officer making  a
10    demand  for it.  This provision shall not apply to Department
11    owned or managed sites where it is required that all  hunters
12    deposit   their   license,   permit,   or   Firearm   Owner's
13    Identification  Card  at  the check station upon entering the
14    hunting areas.
15        Members of the armed forces of the United States while on
16    active duty assigned to a military facility  within  Illinois
17    are  entitled  to  obtain  a resident hunting license and the
18    requirement for the  possession  or  issuance  of  a  Firearm
19    Owner's Identification Card shall be waived.
20    (Source: P.A.   89-75,  eff.  1-1-96;  89-338,  eff.  1-1-96;
21    89-445,  eff.  2-7-96;  89-626,  eff.  8-9-96;  90-225,  eff.
22    7-25-97.)

23        Section 99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect  upon
24    becoming law.