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Updated: Free and discounted licenses for returning veterans

September 07, 2011 at 03:26 PM

The State Journal-Register

Veterans returning home from deployment overseas or mobilization by the President will be able to purchase fishing, hunting or sportsmen’s combination licenses for half price starting in 2012.

The new law does not supersede a 2006 rule that waives some hunting, fishing and camping fees for a time approximately equal to a veteran’s length of service while deployed.

Vets serving overseas up to 12 months would receive one year of waived license fees. Those with service over 12 months, for example, would round up to the next full year.

The existing 2006 rules gives the Illinois Department of Natural Resources the authority to waive specified fees for camping, fishing and hunting.

The camping fee waiver does not include utility fees and rental cabins and equipment.

Returning service members receive a combination sportsman’s license and habitat stamp.

If requested, members also receive a statewide archery deer permit and one firearm deer permit for the county of choice.

Non-resident military members are not eligible.

Stacey Solano, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said the new law takes over once the initial period expires.

“Once that time of waived fees has expired, returning veterans are eligible for the half price licenses for life,” Solano said.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the new law, House Bill 3274 on Aug. 22.

Veterans will need to provide proof of service at one of DNR’s five regional offices.

Current license fees are:

Fishing license $12

Resident hunting license $14.50.

Combination license is $25.50.

The new law is effective April 1, 2012, the start of the new license year.

Chris Young can be reached at (217) 788-1528.

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You would have to live pretty close to a regional office or Springfield to make that cost effective.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/07 at 04:55 PM

1/2 price my butt…should be free to Vets

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/08 at 05:17 PM

What is mind boggling for me is I have been in the Illinois Army National Guard now for 12 years and have recently moved to Iowa for a job. Illinois is making me pay out of state fees for being an Illinois guardsman. What kind of state would charge someone that kind of price when they defend and protect that state. Freedom isnt free I guess.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/12 at 07:49 AM

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