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Shad, drum legal for bowfishing

August 19, 2009 at 07:01 AM

Bowfishermen across Illinois will now be able to legally fish shad and drum species because of legislation sponsored by State Senator Dan Rutherford (R-Pontiac).

Senate Bill 2129 was signed recently and it adds the two species to the listing of fish that can be taken by means of a pitchfork, underwater spear gun, bow and arrow device, spear, or gig. There were already five species that are on the list: carp, gar, suckers, buffalo and bowfin.

“This measure was brought to my attention by a constituent, who is a member of the Bowfishing Association of Illinois (BAI). I would like to commend the members of BAI and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for their hard work on this legislation,” Rutherford said.

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It was Rutherford’s district constituent Kendall Carrigan from the Illinois Bowfishers, (illinoisbowfishers.com) that contacted the IDNR and Senator Rutherford about getting this legislation going.  Thanks Kendall!

The DNR was very helpful in the writing of the language. Thanks to IFOR and IB/BASI club members for calling and writing in to thier legislators. A huge thank you to Senator Rutherford for the introduction of the bill.

Christine Appleberg
President, Illinois Bowfishers, NFP

Posted by HNI-Christine on 08/19 at 01:17 PM

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