As long as I’ve dealt with issues in Springfield, maybe this shouldn’t come as a big surprise. We can’t expect every piece of legislation to be perfect, right? But it seems like there’s something every year that makes me shake my head.
As we got closer to the House filing deadline last week there was about 1,500 new pieces of legislation to sift through, with the usual topics (gun deer seasons, for example). But the legislation filed today in the Illinois Senate (their deadline for new bills is later this week) has to make you wonder how this topic even comes up. Maybe I’m totally misreading it, but a lot of my friends are all seeing it the same way.
The legislation in question is SB 2788, introduced by Senator Neil Anderson. It reads as follows:
Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that anyone filling a deer tag who has a Youth Hunting License may transfer the tag to the accompanying adult hunter if the youth is present at the time the tag is filled by the adult. Removes the prohibition on transferring deer tags in compliance with the youth hunting provision.
I’ve re-read it numerous times. This would make it legal for a youth to transfer his deer permit to an adult, provided the youth is present when the adult shoots the deer for them. And it’s complicated by the fact that it’s just aimed only at kids with the youth hunting license (where they are not required to pass the hunter’s safety course), not a normal hunting license… or even the apprentice license.
Am I the only one who’s scratching my head on this one? What parent saw such a great need to commandeer his kid’s deer permit, that he went to a legislator to get the law changed so that he could shoot a buck on Junior’s tag?
I’m not even going to waste my time quoting all the current rules and regulations that prevent this from happening. As I read it, this CAN’T apply to youth season, since the youth must be supervised by a non-hunting adult. But even during the regular firearm season where the supervising adult can hunt with a firearm, I just can’t envision any circumstance where this makes sense. Is it to get dad an extra buck in counties where permits are limited… except during the youth season?
Can anyone else shed some light on any possible benefit of such legislation? Would anyone really take a permit out of a kids hands to use it for themselves?
Maybe we shouldn’t answer that last question…