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Full Text of HB5079  98th General Assembly



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1    AN ACT concerning wildlife.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Wildlife Code is amended by changing Section
53.3 as follows:
6    (520 ILCS 5/3.3)  (from Ch. 61, par. 3.3)
7    Sec. 3.3. Trapping license required. Before any person
8shall trap any of the mammals protected by this Act, for which
9an open trapping season has been established, he shall first
10procure a trapping license from the Department to do so. No
11traps shall be placed in the field, set or unset, prior to the
12opening day of the trapping season.
13    Traps used in the taking of such mammals shall be marked or
14tagged with metal tags or inscribed in lettering giving the
15name and address of the owner, and absence of such mark or tag
16shall be prima facie evidence that such trap or traps are
17illegally used and the trap or traps shall be confiscated and
18disposed of as directed by the Department.
19    Before any person 16 years of age or older shall trap,
20attempt to trap, or sell the green hides of any mammal of the
21species defined as fur-bearing mammals by Section 2.2 for which
22an open season is established under this Act, he shall first
23have procured a State Habitat Stamp.



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1    Before a trapping license shall be issued to any person
2under the age of sixteen years, such person shall obtain the
3written consent of his father, mother or legally constituted
4guardian to obtain such license.
5    Beginning January 1, 2015 1985, no trapping license shall
6be issued to any person born on or after January 1, 2015 or who
7has not previously held a valid trapping license issued by this
8State or another state within the 3 years immediately preceding
9the application under 18 years of age unless he or she presents
10to the authorized issuer of the person authorized to issue such
11license either evidence that he or she has held a trapping
12license issued by the State of Illinois or another state in a
13prior year, or a certificate of competency provided for in this
15    The Department of Natural Resources shall authorize
16personnel of the Department, or volunteer instructors, found by
17the Department to be competent, to provide instruction in
18courses on trapping techniques and ethical trapping behavior as
19needed throughout the State, which courses shall be at least 8
20hours in length. Persons so authorized shall provide
21instruction in such courses to individuals at no charge, and
22shall issue to individuals successfully completing such
23courses certificates of competency in basic trapping
24techniques. The Department shall cooperate in establishing
25such courses with any reputable association or organization
26which has as one of its objectives the promotion of the ethical



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1use of legal fur harvesting devices and techniques. The
2Department shall furnish information on the requirements of the
3trapper education program to be distributed free of charge to
4applicants for trapping licenses by the persons appointed and
5authorized to issue licenses.
6    The owners residing on, or bona fide tenants of farm lands,
7and their children actually residing on such lands, shall have
8the right to trap mammals protected by this Act, for which an
9open trapping season has been established, upon such lands,
10without procuring licenses, provided that such mammals are
11taken during the periods of time and with such devices as are
12permitted by this Act.
13(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)