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(520 ILCS 5/3.27)
(from Ch. 61, par. 3.27)
Any person owning, holding or controlling, by lease, which
possession must be for a term of 5 or more years, any contiguous tract
of land having an area of not less than 200 acres, and not more
than 1280 acres, with at least 100 acres of suitable wildlife habitat,
who desires to establish a game breeding and hunting
preserve area, to propagate, preserve and hunt game birds shall make
application to the Department for a license as herein provided. Such
application shall be made under oath of the applicant or under oath of
one of its principal officers if the applicant is an association, club
or corporation. In the case of releasing and harvesting hand reared
mallards, the tract of land, with the approval of the Department, may be
smaller than that required in this Section but in all other respects the
applicant shall conform to the provisions of this Act. The application
shall be accompanied by a license fee of not to exceed $100 for a Class A
license or a license fee not to exceed $200 for a Class B license.
Every licensee under this Section shall release not less than 250
Bobwhite quail or pheasants each season.
Upon receipt of such application, the Department shall inspect the
proposed licensed area described in such application and the premises
and facilities where game birds are to be propagated and the cover for
game birds and the ability of the applicant to operate a property of
this character. If the Department finds that the area meets the
requirements of all applicable laws and administrative rules and that
the game birds are reasonably healthy and disease free; and that the
issuing of the license will otherwise be in the public interest; the
Department shall approve the application and issue the license for the
operation of the property described in the application with the rights
and subject to the limitations in this Act prescribed.
All game breeding and hunting preserve area licenses expire on April
30 of each year.
Upon receipt of such license, the licensee shall promptly post such
licensed areas at intervals of not more than 500 feet with signs to be
prescribed by the Department. The boundaries of such licensed game
breeding and hunting preserve areas shall also be clearly defined by
natural or artificial boundaries and by signs.
(Source: P.A. 93-554, eff. 8-20-03.)