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IL Deer Classic “Indefinitely Suspended”

Wed, August 30, 2017

From Field & Stream, the promoters of the Illinois show…

Effective immediately, the Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo will be indefinitely suspended. There are too many variables preventing it from being as successful as our other markets. We spent an unprecedented amount of marketing dollars, had top notch press coverage, great speakers and attractions at this year’s show. If you live in Central Illinois you could not escape our marketing for weeks leading up to this year’s event. Despite these monumental efforts we only saw a minor increase in attendance over 2016 and not enough return on investment for us and our exhibitors.

Attendees ranked their experience largely as a positive experience according to our exit surveys. Many people commented on how high quality our exhibitor mix was. Some vendors in certain categories said they even had one of their best shows ever. The 2017 show was high quality but without enough people coming through the gate to make it viable long term.

The forced facility closure in Bloomington (2010) resulted in the subsequent path of unavoidable facility and date moves. Without a large centrally located facility in mid-February it’s difficult, no matter how large the market, to recreate the glory days of 22,000 attendees.

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Legislation Update - House Bills Through Feb 10

Sun, February 12, 2017

A supplement to the Senate bill update just posted.

You’ll notice some repeats from the Senate listing, as lobbyists will use both sides to push their agendas… hoping to get one side pushed through.  After all, I’m sure our politicians have plenty of free time to do everything twice, right?

House Bills through Feb 10th.

HB2410
DEER HUNTING-AIR GUNS

Sponsored by Rep Brandon Phelps
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that a person may take deer with a .45 caliber or larger air-powered gun. Defines “air-powered gun” as any implement, designed as a gun that will expel a BB or pellet by spring, gas, or air charged from an external high compression power source.

Am I missing something here?  I know I’m not up on all the latest gadgets, but do we really have .45 caliber air rifles (that shoot a BB or pellet) that can effectively take down a deer?  The things that Rep. Phelps dreams up never ceases to amaze me.  Kill more deer, over and over… year after year.

HB2481
POSSESSION & USE OF SILENCERS

Sponsored by Rep Brandon Phelps
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Removes the prohibition on the use of a silencer or other device to muffle or mute the sound of the explosion or report resulting from the firing of any gun. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that a person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly uses, attaches, or possesses with the intent to use or attach any device or attachment of any kind for silencing the report of any handgun, unless the use, attachment, or possession with the intent to use the device or attachment is on the premises of a firing or shooting range; or possess any device or attachment of any kind designed, used, or intended for use in silencing the report of any other firearm if the device or attachment is not possessed in compliance with the National Firearms Act. Provides that a person commits the offense of unlawful sale or delivery of firearms when he or she knowingly transfers or gives a suppressor or silencer to a person not authorized to possess the suppressor or silencer under federal law. Provides that a violation of this provision is a Class 3 felony. Effective immediately.

HB2685 - WILDLIFE-TRAPPING-GREEN HIDES
Sponsored by Rep. Jerry Costello, II and C.D. Davidsmeyer
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that except as provided in the Code, it is unlawful to have in his or her possession the green hides of fur bearing mammals without a valid hunting or trapping license. Provides that the annual fee for each resident fur buyer’s permit (rather than a resident retail or wholesale fur buyer’s permit) shall be $50.00 (rather than $25.00 for a resident retail fur buyer’s permit or $125.00 for a resident wholesale fur buyer’s permit). Provides that all fur buyers and non-resident auction participants shall maintain records of the receipt, collection, purchase, and sale of green hides of fur-bearing mammals. Provides that a record of each transaction shall be created at the time it is executed specifying the date, numbers, and kinds of green hides purchased, sold, or transferred, price paid for each green hide, if any, and the name, address, and Department customer identification number of the other party. Provides that a person who holds a fur tanner’s permit is exempt from provisions for a resident fur buyer permit holder as long as the person is not engaged in the business of receiving green hides for the purpose of buying or selling the hides, whether green, dressed, processed, or tanned and the hides which have been tanned or processed are returned to the person who submitted the hides for processing or tanning. Repeals a provision regarding the receiving, collecting, or buying of green hides of fur-bearing or game mammals. Makes other conforming changes. Effective January 1, 2018.

HB2823
WILDLIFE CD-FIREARM EXEMPTION

Sponsored by Rep. Jerry Costello, II
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides in various provisions an exemption to carry a firearm on Department of Natural Resources property in accordance with the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.

May Rep. Costello would also like to work on getting this RIGHT also approved for anyone hunting on private property?

HB2893
CROSSBOW HUNTING-ARCHERY SEAS

Sponsored by Rep. Jerry Costello, II
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that any person may use a crossbow to take wildlife during the appropriate archery season. Repeals crossbow provisions limiting the use of crossbows to specified conditions, together with a related definition. Effective immediately.

Rep. Costello has so many crossbow bills filed, he can’t keep track of them.  Does the same Rep. really need to run the same bill multiple times?  I guess that’s one way to sneak one of them in while hunting groups aren’t looking.

HB3033
DNR-CONSULTATION FEES

Sponsored by Rep. Tim Butler
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Department of Natural Resources (Conservation) Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources may assess specified consultation fees up to $500 (rather than assess a $500 fee). Deletes language providing that the Department shall not assess any fee for consultations requested by a State agency or federal agency.

HB3093
WILDLIFE-HUNTING LICENSE

Sponsored by Rep. Avery Bourne
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Defines “hunting license” as an electronic or physical license authorizing the person to take a certain type of animal during a specified period of time. Effective immediately.

HB3204
WILDLIFE-DISABLED PERSON-HUNT

Sponsored by Rep. Daniel Swanson
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources shall, on an annual basis, establish one deer hunting weekend for persons with disabilities in a manner consistent with the provisions of the Code. Provides that the Department may adopt administrative rules to implement the provision. Defines “person with a disability.”

A weekend that only disable hunters can participate?

HB3256
WILDLIFE-AUTHORIZED WEAPONS

Sponsored by Rep. Norine K. Hammond
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that unless otherwise permitted by law, no person may have in their possession a weapon except those specified by the Code or administrative rules for the purpose of taking any species protected by the Code. Provides that any use of a weapon to take wildlife contrary to the provisions of the Code is deemed a violation.

I will try to get more information on this one, not really sure where it’s headed.  Most of the time Rep. Hammond is on track with her legislation, as she has some good people supporting her.  But this would prohibit concealed carry while hunting, if that ever passes.  In addition, with so many crossover seasons now, do we really have issues with people possessing weapons not used in a specific season?

HB3373
5 YR HUNTING & FISHING LICENSE

Sponsored by Rep. Daniel V. Beiser
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code. Provides that residents of this State may obtain a 5-year fishing license. Provides that the fee for a 5-year fishing license is $62.50. Provides that for residents age 65 or older, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a 5-year fishing license. Provides that for resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces after returning from service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a 5-year fishing license. Provides that residents of this State may obtain a 5-year sportsmen’s combination license that shall entitle the holder to the same non-commercial fishing privileges as residents holding a license and to the same hunting privileges as residents holding a license to hunt all species under the Wildlife Code. Provides that the 5-year sportsmen’s combination license fee shall be $112.50. Provides that no sportsmen’s combination license shall be issued to any individual who would be ineligible for either the fishing or hunting license separately. Provides that for residents age 65 or older, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a 5-year sportsmen’s combination license. Provides that for resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces after returning from service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a 5-year sportsmen’s combination license. Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that residents of this State may obtain a 5-year hunting license to hunt all species for $52. Provides that for residents age 65 or older and resident veterans of the United States Armed Forces after returning from service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States, the fee is one-half of the fee charged for a 5-year hunting license.

HB3399
CROSSBOW HUNTING-COYOTES

Sponsored by Rep. Joe Sosnowski
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that any person may use a crossbow to take coyotes during any coyote season. Effective immediately

If politicians hadn’t back-doored some youth hunting language through in the last general assembly, this would have been a done deal already.  I still don’t care for it… putting crossbows in the archery and firearm seasons… just to hunt coyotes?  Then again, once the politicians have their way and get crossbows in every season we have, this will be a moot point.

HB3455
DNR-VOLUNTEERS-TRAIL PROGRAM

Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Spain
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Department of Natural Resources Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides in the Department of Natural Resource’s Adopt-A-Park program that volunteers may assist with vegetation management, providing building and facility repair, or other appropriate services. Creates the Adopt-A-Trail Program. Provides that the Department shall establish and maintain Adopt-A-Trail programs with individual or group volunteers, if requested by an individual or group volunteers, in an effort to reduce and remove litter from trails and to provide other services. Provides that the Department shall retain the ability to approve or deny an individual or group volunteer’s request; however, the Department must state the reason for the request denial. Provides that by engaging in volunteer activities under the Act, volunteers fully acknowledge and understand that there shall be neither a (1) promise or expectation of compensation of any type, including benefits, nor (2) creation of an employer-employee relationship. Makes other changes.

HB3583
WILDLIFE-DEER BAIT

Sponsored by Rep. Brad Halbrook
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that a person may place or scatter deer bait otherwise prohibited when not in active deer hunting season. Provides that person who unlawfully baits deer is guilty of a petty offense subject to a mandatory fine of not less than $500 and shall lose hunting privileges in this State for a period of not less than a year.

HB3750
FISH & HUNT LICENSE-POLICE

Sponsored by Rep. Katie Stuart
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Fish and Aquatic Life Code and the Wildlife Code. Provides that the respective fees for resident fishing, combination sportsmen, and hunting licenses are waived for current and retired State, municipal, and local law enforcement officers.

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Legislation Update - Senate Bills Through Feb 10

Sun, February 12, 2017

You’d think that our state would have more important things to worry about (like passing a budget at some point in time?)... but nevertheless, we’re left to sort through thousands of pieces of legislation to see what the politicians are up to in Springfield.  It seems like there’s so much more than past sessions, and some real head-scratchers to boot.

Here’s the list of the Senate bills filed since my last update.

SB1325
WILDLIFE HUNTING LICENSE

Sponsored by Sen Jil Tracy
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Defines “hunting license” as an electronic or physical license authorizing the person to take a certain type of animal during a specified period of time. Effective immediately.


SB1466
CROSSBOW HUNTING-COYOTES

Sponsored by Sen Neil Anderson
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that any person may use a crossbow to take coyotes during any coyote season. Effective immediately.

SB1467
CROSSBOW HUNTING-ARCHERY SEAS

Sponsored by Sen Neil Anderson
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that any person may use a crossbow to take any animal during the appropriate archery season. Effective immediately.

SB1468
WILDLIFE-TRAPPING-GREEN HIDES

Sponsored by Sen Neil Anderson, Sen David Koehler
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that except as provided in the Code, it is unlawful to have in his or her possession the green hides of fur bearing mammals without a valid hunting or trapping license. Provides that the annual fee for each resident fur buyer’s permit (rather than a resident retail or wholesale fur buyer’s permit) shall be $50.00 (rather than $25.00 for a resident retail fur buyer’s permit or $125.00 for a resident wholesale fur buyer’s permit). Provides that all fur buyers and non-resident auction participants shall maintain records of the receipt, collection, purchase, and sale of green hides of fur-bearing mammals. Provides that a record of each transaction shall be created at the time it is executed specifying the date, numbers, and kinds of green hides purchased, sold, or transferred, price paid for each green hide, if any, and the name, address, and Department customer identification number of the other party. Provides that a person who holds a fur tanner’s permit is exempt from provisions for a resident fur buyer permit holder as long as the person is not engaged in the business of receiving green hides for the purpose of buying or selling the hides, whether green, dressed, processed, or tanned and the hides which have been tanned or processed are returned to the person who submitted the hides for processing or tanning. Repeals a provision regarding the receiving, collecting, or buying of green hides of fur-bearing or game mammals. Makes other conforming changes. Effective January 1, 2018.

SB1586
DNR-ASHES IN STATE PARKS

Sponsored by Sen. Bill Cunningham
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the State Parks Act. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources may establish rules for the public to safely and appropriately scatter cremated remains in a State park. Defines “cremated remains.”

SB1665
WILDLIFE CD-FIREARM EXEMPTION

Sponsored by Sen. Neil Anderson
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides in various provisions an exemption to carry a firearm on Department of Natural Resources property in accordance with the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.

Looks like many sections changed to allow concealed carry.

SB1716
WILDLIFE-DEER HUNT SEASON

Sponsored by Sen. Dale Fowler
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that the Director of the Department of Natural Resources shall establish an open season for the taking of deer with shotgun, handgun, or muzzleloading rifle which shall be at least 10 consecutive days.

This has been talked about for a long time… a 10 consecutive day firearm season.

SB1981
PROHIB BOBCAT TRAPPING

Sponsored by Sen. Don Harmon
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to trap bobcat in this State at any time. Provides that no person shall knowingly sell, offer for sale, or purchase a bobcat pelt of a bobcat taken in this State. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.

SB1983
WILDLIFE CD-MANAGEMENT PLAN

Sponsored by Sen. Don Harmon
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that prior to the opening of a new hunting season for an animal that was listed on the endangered or threatened species list in the past 15 years, the Department of Natural Resources shall develop a management plan including: (1) an overall goal for the continued growth of the animal’s population and return of a stable population in all prime habitat areas throughout the State for that animal; (2) an analysis demonstrating the impact of hunting in different regions of the State and the impact on different take limits on statewide animal populations; (3) identification of biological indicators that would indicate vulnerability in animal populations in particular counties or regions of the State and a plan for immediately suspending a hunting season in those areas based on those biological indicators; (4) a summary of any scientific data considered and a list of scientific and academic literature consulted; (5) identification of the steps that will be taken to enforce the management plan, to inform hunters and the public, and the financial resources needed by the Department; and (6) an emergency plan to cancel a hunting season if the Department finds that the proposed season conflicts with the management plan, staffing or resource constraints that fail to provide adequate enforcement of the management plan, or new scientific findings or research indicate the closing of the hunting season is appropriate. Provides that if the Department opens a hunting season for a new animal, it shall set a fee for hunting permits for the animal. Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to take an animal in this State that was added to the list of hunting seasons on or after January 1, 2017, and prior to the development of a management plan by the Department. Effective July 1, 2017.

SB1985
WILDLIFE CD-LEAD AMMUNITION

Sponsored by Sen. Don Harmon
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that it shall be unlawful to use lead ammunition to take wildlife in State parks or natural areas. Defines “lead ammunition” as a projectile containing one or more percent lead by weight. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.

Certainly appears that Sen. Harmon is an anti-hunter.  He also has a couple of “shell bills” filed with “WILDLIFE” in the title.  I’m sure he’ll try other things once these bills fail.

SB2039
WILDLIFE CD-DEER BAIT

Sponsored by Sen. Chapin Rose
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that a person may supplementally feed deer with items otherwise prohibited by the Code when not in active deer hunting season which shall be implemented by the Department of Natural Resources by rule.

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