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New state laws include hunting assistance for terminally ill

December 29, 2011 at 01:07 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

Of the 214 new state laws that take effect Jan. 1, a handful may be of interest to hunters, anglers and conservationists.

Hunting Fees for Terminally Ill Individuals (HB 2861/PA 97-0215): Waives hunting fees for terminally ill individuals and allows terminally ill youth to hunt outside of an established season if approved by the Director of DNR.

Other states have enacted similar legislation.

“This was something the office of legislation saw and thought that it would be appropriate for Illinois as well,” said DNR spokesman Chris McCloud. “The legislation allows the director some discretion authority to grant hunting licenses, stamps, etc or waive fees if/when a terminally ill individual has the opportunity to hunt.”

Duck Hunting (HB 3019/PA 97-0132): Requires that in Alexander, Union, Williamson, and Jackson counties, consent of adjacent landowners must be received before a commercial duck hunting area is allowed to place a duck blind within 100 yards of a landowner’s property line.

Harry “Babe” Woodyard Natural Area (SB 154/PA 97-0177): Designates the official name of the Harry “Babe” Woodyard State Natural Area in Vermillion County to be a state natural area.

Switchgrass Production Permits (HB 3139/PA 97-0134): Allows the Illinois Department of Transportation to issue a switchgrass production permit to allow private entities to grow and harvest switchgrass on specified right-of-ways.

Conservation District (SB 1436/PA 97-0601):  Amends the Illinois Municipal Code to include areas owned by a conservation district under the definition of a “conservation area.” At issue is a municipality trying to annex property located across a conservation district

Follow this link to see summaries of all 214 new laws:

http://tinyurl.com/newlaws2012

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Hunting Fees for Terminally Ill Individuals (HB 2861/PA 97-0215):

This is something our IDNR has already been doing for several years.
IDNR director Mark Miller, told me that signing off on free permits for disabled kids is one of his favorite things he gets to do, as director….8^)

This is a great thing our IDNR does !!!

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