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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Two quick comments. The Senators haven’t a clue. The permitting of feeding deer with CWD shows no thought. The elimination of lead shot on states grounds. Some of these bills shows the total lack of leadership and no support for wildlife management.

Posted by deer1 on February 13

Don Harmon is public enemy number 1 for all sportsmen.  He was the primary sponsor of SB2143 last year that attempted to ban the sale of bobcat pelts after the bobcat season was approved.  Plenty of anti-firearm bills sponsored too.  SB3375 would ban someone from out of state selling an IL resident a firearm unless they had a foid card.  SB1313 banned concealed carry holders from entering private property with a concealed gun unless they had given written consent to do so.  Can you imagine having to call a restaurant or gas station prior to pulling into their parking lot and requesting permission to enter? Typical Chicago politician, out of touch with wildlife management, doesn’t fish, hunt or trap so wants to ban all these activities.

Posted by buckbull on February 13

Sen. Harmon is a tool for the humane groups, and seeks nothing more than to push their agenda forward on all fronts. Yes no friend to sportsmen/women of this state on any level.

SB1981 is just another attempt to push the humane groups agenda forward, and SB1983 would almost insure that once a species was put upon the ESA that it most likely would never be removes, which is fine by their standards.

They are just pissed because scientific wildlife management worked in the case of the bobcat, and the otter as well. They don’t give two hoots about bobcats, but will take the money from the fundraising efforts these bills will draw into their coffers, and line their six figure salaries even more. Yes these bills sometimes become nothing more than a fundraising movement to stir the support base to write checks.

Kevin is right about the shell bills, this will not go away, and we are going to have to watch almost every bill, and every committee the next two years. The bobcat bill got out of committee last year because Harmon was able to get it into the right committee, and Sen. Linda Holmes was the chair for that committee, go figure.

I think that was the first anti trapping bill to get out of any type of committee in over the last 20 years. Trappers better take notice of that !! Harmon was let to beat trappers up with little or no response to the attacks, and I thought how the whole committee hearing was handled in regards to responding to Sen. Harmon, and the humane groups that spoke did nothing but turn it into an anti trapping bashing fun feast. I’m sure those working upon this legislation for the trappers did some work behind the doors I’m sure, but not surprised that they are looking down the barrel once again after that last committee hearing. They got their inch, now their back for their mile.


Posted by Ringtailtrapper on February 13

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